Something for Santa

November 4, 2013

The time change has us a little off today, we woke up really early. After Bean scolded me for losing one of her homework pages (in my defense, it was blank with lines and I offered to recreate it), she said, “Guess what I did?” I couldn’t even begin to imagine what she had already accomplished by 6:15 a.m.

She continued, “I made Santa a little gift. He always gives us gifts and we never really think to give him gifts. I made Mrs. Santa a purse. Santa got a little hat; I hope it fits. And the reindeer got a little carriage, the elves a little boat.”

She had made all of the gifts using paper and tape and pencil. I smiled at her creativity and thoughtfulness and told her she is a special person. She made my whole morning.

I wonder who else we never really think to share with; who else we forget to give a gift to. The holiday season is fast approaching, the month of Thanksgiving already here. What have you been most thankful for this year? This month? This week? Today? Have you taken the time to express that thankfulness?

I continue to be thankful for the love I am surrounded by, the people who share their positive attitudes and outlooks with me; the people who continue to help me grow and develop and become the most amazing me I can be.

Last week I was most thankful for a friend who shared a cup of coffee and conversation with me; a woman who took my son to the park sharing smiles and adventures; another woman who rushed a book I was hoping to read directly to my house. I was thankful for magazines needed for art projects, and a jug of the healthiest available water. I was thankful for time spent sharing thoughts and stories and encouragement.

Yesterday I was thankful for my mother spending time with my children so I could sit in a silent house and write, and my husband could have some time to rest.

Today, I’m thankful for my husband’s hard work and his loving support. I’m thankful for waking up to a daughter thinking of others, doing what she can to share her special gifts. I’m thankful for a son celebrating his triumphs in potty training, continuing to learn and grow. I’m thankful for our “puppers” sharing her snuggles and love and tail wags.

Share what you are thankful for with others. Take a moment to let people know their efforts and actions make a difference in your life. Cheers to the month of Thanksgiving! Cheers to the moments that matter!

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