"Do you know what it means to be thankful?" I asked. Jackson shook his head no and continued dressing up as a knight. I continued, "Well, it means that we are happy for things. That we appreciate having things. For instance, I am thankful for you, and your brother, and for your Daddy. I'm thankful that I get to stay at home with you guys".
It was the best way I knew to explain to a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old what it means to be thankful.
Thankfulness is something I want to instill in my children. And to be perfectly honest, it's something that I need to work on myself.
Every day we are going to name one thing we are thankful for. I will write it down, and it will go in this jar. On Thanksgiving Day we will read them all aloud, and remember all the little (and big) things we have to be thankful for. And then, we will start filling up the jar again.
I asked the boys what they were thankful for, hoping they had grasped the concept, if only just a little bit. After some thought, Grayson said he was happy to have his movies, and Jackson said he was thankful for his "fireman" rain boots. And me...I'm thankful for two amazing little boys that I have the honor of raising.