This is the time of year that we all sit down to be thankful and to express gratitude. Teaching children to be grateful is an important lesson and begins even when they are little children.
I am reminded of this this week as I have been getting my house ready for Thanksgiving….but for some reason have been having a few rooms in my house painted…the week before the holidays?!?! Not sure what in the world came over me.
But, cleaning out cabinets and drawers in preparation for the painters produced so many long forgotten cards and art projects that my own children had done…with Thanksgiving themes. Little hand prints on paper with fingers for the feathers, cut out turkeys and cornucopia with prayers of Thanksgiving and of course pictures of the children in Pilgrim costumes for the Thanksgiving play. I have loved every minute….and find myself becoming a “hoarder” as it is so difficult to throw any of those memories away!! Of course when I called my sons to ask “do you want any of this” they all replied, “NO WAY”…and do not drop anything at our house! Just throw it out….little hand prints on a home made trivet, how can I do that?
I am hopeful that many of you are making Thanksgiving memories with your young children and beginning conversations about gratitude. It is amazing the wonderful things that children will say when they are asked what they are grateful for.
One of the highlights of my week has been when a patient came in with her 3 year old son who had just made a turkey at preschool with all of the different colored paper feathers. On each feather he had written (or rather he had dictated to his teacher) what he was thankful for. There was a different name on each feather…including his Mom, Dad, sister, and there in that wonderful plume was also Sue-Sue (what he calls me)!! Another aside, I took care of his mother when she was a child and through college.
So, while I am thankful for so many things this year including 2 new grandsons and another soon to be daughter in law (April wedding), I am also thankful for my patients who have made me part of their families! How fortunate am I to be able to continue to practice pediatrics and now have the privilege of taking care of a second generation of adorable and precious children.