“Life is a big canvas, throw all of the paint onto it that you can” ~ Danny Kayne
I hope this Tuesday morning finds you happy and well. How was your weekend?
At our house, we've been new(ish) car shopping and grandson visiting. Which (of course), is one of my favorite things to do. On the laziest of Sunday afternoons, we ate melty ice cream cones, bought match-box cars from a country flea market, and played a game of “I spy whooping cranes in and amongst the lily pads.”
A reminder that we all need a little spark sometimes. A break from our every days. A chance to throw a little confetti (or sprinkles) into the air. A bit of whipped cream on top. A little something-something. With the people that make you smile
Driving home that night, there were so many things I wanted to remember about the day. So many things I was thankful for. At the top of the list?
What amazing parents they are. How they could have taught me a thing or two back in the day when my kids were little. How, even at a young age, they're setting high expectations without constant nagging, bribing, or ultimatums.
As his mom was packing a bag for the day, she called out to him, “Thank you for picking a few toys to bring along.”
No nagging. No reminders. No request. Just a simple thank you for a task he'd yet to finish. Sure enough, one-by-one he filled the bag with some of his favorites
My eyes widened, and with her sweet smile, she explained
“We've decided to always assume the best; that he's smart, and knows what we want him to do. As he gets older and is given a bit of freedom, I know he'll live up to our expectations.”
By extending gratitude for something ahead of time, she's telling him what she'd like him to do, that she trusts him to do it, and offers a reward (a simple thank you) for taking care of it. Genius
“I don't often use the word please, because most of my requests aren't negotiable.”
A small reminder to myself: Lead with gratitude
I'm following her example today, with another installment of #ForThisIAmGrateful. A few excerpts from my gratitude journal from this past week
Midnight drives with the rain sliding down your windowpane
An action figure on your desk (bonus points if it's Spiderman or The Incredible Hulk)
Fall cooking magazines in the check-out lane
Someone who tells you you're beautiful
Kitty forts on the sofa
Foods that no one can eat gracefully: corn on the cobb, melty ice cream cones, too-full tacos, fresh from the garden juicy tomatoes, homemade salsa running down your chin
A goldfinch at the bird feeder
The purrr from a kitty named Lucy
Planning a September road trip out west. On the must-visit list? Colorado and Montana
Reminding yourself “this too shall pass.”
Watching out for traffic, holding hands, and sticking together
Messages in bottles, all collected from the Mississippi River
Forgiveness before 7 am, new mercies with a side of bacon
Expert Lego sets, Saturday naps, and Netflix evenings with your husband
The first lemme-grab-another-layer summer evening
Whispering in bed before falling asleep
Sunday supper pancakes; a (finally) perfected chicken pot pie
Your son and his family waving goodbye and blowing kisses from their window
What are you grateful for this week?