When it comes to appreciating the meaning of Thanksgiving, my kids are at a magical age.
Ask a preschooler what they are thankful for and you’ll get answers like “my pink teddy bear” or “macaroni and cheese.” Cute, yes, but a little short on sentimentality. And while I haven’t yet had the pleasure of parenting a teenager, I can only imagine the eye rolls and mumbled responses that would be offered when queried about their blessings. I sure can’t wait for that!
No, my children are in between those two extremes: Old enough to grasp the concept of Thanksgiving and to articulate their gratitude, without a hint of embarrassment or sarcasm. Given all the activities at school, church and Girl Scouts, I’ve received several lists of the things they hold dear, and, call me corny, I’ve been moved to tears more than twice.
Some samples of what my kids are thankful for this year:
- "Jesus - for dying on the cross for me and God -- for living in my heart"
- "My family - my daddy and uncles bring their guitars and the whole family sings songs - it’s so much fun”
- "Sadie, my dog, for staying with me when I am sick and always keeping me safe”
- “Thank you for Aiden’s Dad, who is away fighting in the war so that I can be free”
- “I’m thankful for Nana because she loves me and she knows I don’t like the sauce on turkey and she always makes me chicken nuggets.”
OK, there’s still plenty of cute.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May we all have someone who remembers to hold the gravy for us, and let us be inspired to be that person for someone special.
Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in 2010. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.