Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gratitude

Two days ago my younger son's preschool teacher asked him what he was grateful for and then wrote his answer on a small, brown turkey made out of construction paper. He responded that he was grateful for his Red Power Ranger costume.

Inspired I asked my nine-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder the same question. He said Ohio. (If, I remember correctly he said the same thing last year.) My son loves Ohio because his grandparents and cousins live in the Bowling Green/Toledo area of the state. He knows that he is loved and appreciated by everyone he knows in there.

As for me, I am grateful for the turkeys both my sons brought home as art projects this year. The little guy made his out of a paper plate (for the tail) with a pasted on brown turkey head which he drew the face on. He painted the tail with water color paints. My other small guy brought home a turkey that he colored in vibrant fall colors which he then cut out with scissors.

I'm also grateful that I found a drawing of a turkey in my older son's room. He had traced his hand and put on the remainder parts like the eyes, feet and gobbler. Then he colored it blue and brown. He is just starting to do things like that on his own, without any coaching from me. It seems like a miracle.

As for my husband (whom I did not ask), the obvious answer would be spending time with family which is important to me also. He would also definitely say football! My hubby plans to watch a lot of it (especially college ball) before the holidays are over. I don't mind--especially since I'll be doing a lot of shopping, baking and decorating in the next few weeks.

This is the first Thanksgiving I will not get to spend with my dad, a retiree. He and his wife (my step-mom) decided to go to Florida earlier this year. I'll miss him, but I know that circumstances change throughout one's life. One has to appreciate and be grateful for the things that one has even if it is a small collection of paper turkeys. Fortunately I have so much more...

2 comments:

mcewen said...

Yes we all have a lot to be Thankful for.
Best wishes

J said...

Thankfulness can get us through stressful times--like the holidays, meltdowns, etc. Best wishes to you too.