Monday, November 19, 2012
What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne
Teaching a child how to give thanks is important. At 18 months, Claire's a bit young, though. We won't be volunteering together or making a gratitude tree any time soon.
Anyway, she's a walking lesson in living in the moment. She finds wonder in all things great and small without any lesson from me.
I'm the one who's grateful to see the world anew through her eyes.
She hands objects to me throughout the day, a twig, a pea that's rolled under her highchair, sometimes something she's pulled out of her nose. I'm not sure if the objects are significant to her in and of themselves. Or if they become valuable out of the joy of discovery. Maybe, it's because she's given each one to me. Whatever the reason, I ponder each treasure closely in my palm and say, "Thank you, Claire."
About a week ago, I gave her a piece of apple. She looked at me and said, "Thank you, Mama."
I hadn't expected to hear these words from her for the first time then. She's not yet 18 months old, yet I have the great honor of witnessing a nascent sense about giving and receiving growing inside of her.
She is more than I ever expected on this Thanksgiving holiday. And every day.