Last year, my kindergartener brought a new tradition to our holiday.
Our friend Cheryl used to care for her after school. They made a milk-carton models of the Nina and at Thanksgiving, we all wrote on slips of paper what we were thankful for. Then we went around the table, drawing the slips from the boat and reading them aloud.
This was our second year of the tradition, and we really like it. It doesn't put anyone on the spot, especially when you've got a crowd of family at various levels of relationship, and everyone has time to think of what they want to say. It also gives the kids a bigger role in the day's activities, besides drowning out the football games and spilling their milk at the kids' table.
So, here's what we're thankful for this year:
I am thankful...
...for my friends and teachers. I wish them a long and happy life.
...for our house still standing straight.
...that right now I have no major worries.
...because my family loves me.
...for all the things I have and all the things I love. I wish all the things [people] I love to live a long and happy life.
...that I have a dream worth pursuing and people who help me pursue it.
...for having such wonderful kids who respect themselves as well as Mommy and Daddy.
...for my marriage to a man who balances my strengths and weaknesses and loves me in spite of them.
...for my room and my bed being in there.
...to have the children I have and that I wouldn't change a thing about them.
...for being me.
...for having a roof over our heads, food on the table, and love in our hearts.
...for vacation and breaks.
...for our kids getting older so I can sleep in with Mommy. [smiley face with zzzzz]
...for my mom and dad and my sister.
...for games. Silly, I know, but games to play with children, games to watch my children play, games of football to watch, and computer games for me to play.