As we gathered together with family and friends to share in thankful celebration this past week, these words of my Granny B. reminded me of the real blessings in life:
May you always have enough…
- happiness to keep you sweet,
- trials to keep you strong,
- sorrows to keep you human,
- hope to keep you JOYful,
- failure to keep you humble,
- success to make you eager,
- friends to give you comfort,
- wealth to meet your needs,
- enthusiasm to look for tomorrow,
- faith to banish worry, and
- determination to make each day better than before!
It is important to teach our children to share and embrace the gratitudes of daily life (along with the necessary coping skills to deal with life too). Allowing their “busy hands” to assist, to explore, and to share in the work builds strong character traits (like trust, respect, responsibility, service and more).
Thanks for walking the journey with us; thanks for sharing your most valuable blessing, your child, with us! It’s the start of the holiday season but may we always remember to focus on our priorities and remember we always have enough…
It’s no secret Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; the students are always commenting about it. 🙂 While milling through the bookstore recently, I came across a new gem to add to my ever-growing collection of Thanksgiving stories to feast upon: Sharing the Bread…An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. Written by Pat Zietolow Miller and Jill McElmurry, this heartwarming story shares how an American 19th Century family prepares a delicious feast together, one not very different from what we eat today.
“Mama, fetch the cooking pot. Fetch our turkey-cooking pot.. Big and old and black and squat. Mama, fetch the pot…”
“Grandma, bake your pumpkin pie. Whip the topping light and high. High enough to reach the sky. Grandma, bake the pie…”
Each family member contributes to the growing meal, sharing their thanks while gratefully giving their service throughout the day. Written in rhyme and filled with holiday spirit, it’s truly a mouthwatering read-aloud for any family to share. Here’s hoping you find your treasured family traditions as the holidays begin once again!
Note: Speaking of feasts, our annual LME Thanksgiving Feast is set for Wednesday, November 18th in our cafe during all lunches. Please make your reservation now for this fun event.