Me: Okay everybody. Name one thing that you are thankful for this year.
Me: Seriously. Name one thing. Jasmine. Jae. JAMES! Alright, I can get things started. I’m thankful for…
And, so it goes with my annual insistence that we verbally express our gratitude for something each year. While my family groans, it’s become a bit of a tradition. Aside from the conventional answers (family, friends, food, shelter), it’s always interesting to hear what surfaces; especially from my children. One year, I remember Jasmine mentioning that she was thankful for her computer…little did we know at the time that we had been temporarily replaced. There was also the time Jae declared with great enthusiasm that he was thankful for Sour Patch Kids. I must say, so was our dentist…four cavities later!
While, I’m sure there will be surprising responses in store for me this year; I expect I’ll need to prime the pump, so here goes…
This year, I’m thankful for laughter.
Pretty simple huh? Not so much for a type A, first born like myself. I can be pretty serious, or so they tell me. Amongst all the have to, gotta do, need to do, and a few want to do; I’ve been reminded of the power of laughter. And, I’ve earned a couple of smile lines in the process.
Here are a few of my 2013 favorites…
- I have this brown, fur-like sweater; reminiscent of teddy bear fabric. The first time I put it on, James stated (as he rubbed my back), “Oh, look kids, it’s chinchilla.” We all roared!
- Whenever we have lasagna for dinner (my kids favorite), I always burn the bread (despite Jasmine’s consistent lectures–she’s a first born too). When I pull the bread out of the oven, Jasmine and I laugh like hyenas as we scrap the black off the edges and work to convince ourselves it’s really going to taste okay.
- Despite numerous correction, Jae insists he’d like to start his day with Emma Grey. (I’m sure some feminists would love him for that). In the meantime, Earl is probably rolling over in his grave.
I’ve been reminded this year, that there’s so much to laugh about in the daily stuff of life. Like the other day, when I was wearing navy shoes with black pants and black socks (yeah, there are down sides to getting dressed in dim lighting). So, in the middle of all the turkey fanfare and holiday shopping to follow; take time to laugh. Laugh loud! Laugh long, knowing that among the tough stuff, there’s joy to be found if you look for it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!