I have FOUR grandchildren. (Yes, you’re right, I’m FAR too young. We all know that. It’s a given. But sometimes Mother Nature has a way of bypassing her laws of when people should have grandchildren–and presents them in, well, early, early middle age.)
Anyway, the second-from-the-oldest-grandchild is Gabriel, 5, a rambunctious bundle of pure little boy-ness. He’s often affectionately referred to simply as “G.” In his most recent pre-K school report, the patient-as-a-saint and give-her-a-raise teacher wrote that Gabriel is “smart, funny, with many friends … and has a touch of naughtiness.”
Here’s G (on the far right) with a few school buddies,
And here he is the other night with older brother Daniel (8).
Today I received this text from my daughter/G mom Amy:
The brutal honesty of children.
It’s Sunday night. December 28. Three days after the big day. Christmas gifts and meals are opened and eaten.
Just a few more days left in 2014.
Sometimes there’s a bit of a letdown after the glitter is gone.
So … what is there to be Happy About? Especially if you’re alone? Or sick? Or frustrated? Or angry? Or not where you wanna be?
To be honest, I don’t know.
BUT I encourage you to do this: Go on a Gratitude Rampage. Start listing — or just thinking about — what you have to be grateful for as 2014 wanes.
Go ahead — try it. Make a list.
Here’s a tad of mine:
1. Air to breathe.
2. Legs that help me to walk.
3. Imperfect family members.
4. A mind that allows me to think.
7. Collard greens (I just sautéed some for dinner).
12. People who know my name.
14. Roaring laughter.
This list could go on and on.
May peace, joy and love be your portion now and forever!
Gratitude is powerful. Try it and see how it makes you feel.
A couple of days ago I encouraged you to consider, and attend to, the blessings that are in your life. I hope you have taken a brief break from the Christmas rush, and done so.
Here’s my Counting Continued:
6. Sitting Down and Sitting Still for a few minutes.
7. A Christmas Visit with my parents (father–91, mother 87).
8. Sparkly Lights.
9. Appreciating my local Savannah Police. Our police men and women are the first folks we usually call when something goes awry in our homes, neighborhoods and cities.
THANK YOU, BLUE!
10. The ability to see.
11. “Angels We Have Heard on High” sung by Josh Groban.
Are you counting your holiday blessings?