When I glanced at my photo app on my phone this morning, it reminded me that today, 5 years ago, was actually Thanksgiving that year, and it showed me a collage of photos of my day. It made me instantly smile to see how my daughter had grown from being a baby with food all over her face, wearing a bib with the slogan, ‘brand new’ on it, to being the inquisitive, silly, excitable, lovable girl she is today.
We were doing her homework last night together and the directions were to ‘Write a list of things you are thankful for.’
She asks, “What does thankful mean?”
She nodded, then asked. “嬉しくなる事？”
I said yes, and told her I’d be back to help her when she knew what she wanted to write. I walked downstairs to the kitchen to finish cleaning up. In less than a minute, I hear her jump up excitedly and slide on her socks to the top of the stairs.
I laughed out loud in delight and told her to write it herself first and then I’d come and see. She did her best. Then, I showed her how to write it again with Upper & Lower Cases, then as cursive, then in All Caps. She copied the All Caps sentence, and we moved on to the next assignment, since we were already a day behind on homework. I felt a ball of hope expand in my chest last night, still expanding today.
Today, I am thankful for Everybody, and the Earth. I hope you are too.
Blendily will be closed for Thanksgiving, but we will be open Friday!
All Images Provided by Ivy Chuang