Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What are you thankful for? No, really ...

It has been a tradition in my family -- maybe in many families -- to go around the Thanksgiving table and ask everybody: What are you thankful for?

One Thanksgiving when my children were very young, we began with me. I was thankful for my family, for being together, for the time we had, and other patriarchal oratory. My wife was thankful for similar things. My daughter, maybe 8 at the time, added her lengthy list of friends and possessions.

Then we came to Matt, only 4. He was still thinking, but soon it dawned on him, this thing he was most thankful for in his so-far short life.

"Handles," he said.

I gotta hand it to him: It never occurred to me to be thankful for handles, even though I am regularly thankful for handles. And knobs, rails, hinges, shelves, screw caps, cup-holders, envelopes, sandwich bags, can openers, lids, screwdrivers, soap dishes, buttons, rubber bands, remote controls, cardboard boxes, paper clips ... all kinds of stuff I typically don't take time to appreciate. But I guarantee there's usually a string of choice words when they're missing!

So ... don't forget to be thankful for the little things.

And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Thanks to you and your son for reminding me of the little things!

White out, calculators, ball point pens, Lysol, screwdrivers, screws, chap stick, deodorant, toasters and peel and stick postage stamps, to name a handful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Wethyb said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Ditto to reminding me to be thankful for the small things: brushes, coffee makers, microwaves, erasers, self-stick envelopes, lawn mowers, hairspray, deoderant, dishwashers...I could go on and on!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Great post!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting my journal and leaving a comment. Thanks for the reminder from your son to count the little things to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Helen
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Melanie said...

Ron,

This year I'm going to be thankful for all the wonderful bloggers I've met.

speckledpup said...

SWEET.

I am thankful for little things.
kisses
a hug that lasted as long as I wanted, instead of that pulling away thing.
a good cup of coffee.

Love, Rita said...

First of all, thanks for reading my blog!

Now, am I thankful for? You name it--I'm thankful for it! My family's health, my daughter's home from college, my near-miss with law enforcement earlier this year (I got to keep my job!), my husband's head-on collision with law enforcement (because he's still alive!), the support of my in-laws, and I could go on and on....

Yeah, there are days when I feel just plain whiney, but not today!

Deedee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog also, and its nice to know I am bieng heard. I am thankful for handles, and the hands I have to work. I am thankful for many things and I thank you very much for the reminder. I am looking forward to eating tomorrow too! So you and your wonderful family have a good Thanksgiving and God Bless you!

Brandi said...

LOL, only kids would remind us to be thankful for things we forget.

I am thankful for my pen, if I didn't have it I would lose my mind. I forget everything!

Brandi ; )

kenju said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I love what your little son said he was grateful for. We should always remember the little things.

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

WE DO have so many things to be thankful for....

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thanks for visiting me....
Wishing you a wonderful holiday...
(smiling)

RD said...

We often get trapped into dwelling on the negative. A twinge of self pity is one of my tendencies. It only takes a few moments when one steers their thoughts to the many blessings we enjoy every day to brighten up one's spirits. Thanks for the fly by, stop by again soon.

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