We have started a bit of a bedtime tradition in our house. After stories and before prayers, I ask Wee Man what he is thankful for today. It is always either his toy garage or his train signal box. I was looking for something a little deeper, but no matter.
Thanksgiving is my favourite ‘American-only’ holiday. I’m going to adopt it wherever we end up living. Maybe it’s because I feel no pressure to cook anything, or that my mum doesn’t expect us to travel somewhere for the day, or just the brilliant food. But I also love it because the idea of giving thanks is such a good one to celebrate. I don’t have much of a stake in 4th July. Halloween – don’t get me started. The walking dead? It is taken too far here and it is not little people friendly.Valentines day? Commercialised saccharine. But thankfulness? That’s a holiday I can get behind.
So our apartment complex ran a competition to write a 100 things that we’re grateful for, in the following categories. So here’s mine. Give it a go, it’s a great exercise for today. And mind, these are things that I am personally grateful for, so they aren’t necessarily the best!
10 physical things (I didn’t know what this meant, but hey hum)
gravity – photosynthesis – colour – dancing – kisses – listening to the rain when you’re snuggled in bed – babies falling over comically – the Force (pre-prequels, pre Disney) – swirls/round things – laughing
1o material things (I took this literally)
velvet – cotton – silk – mashed potato – smooth wood – pretty shoes – cashmere – warm blankets – wellington boots – jelly (jello)
10 living people (I found it really hard to find famous people today that I respected, so most of these are personal and included groups…)
My husband – my children – my family – my friends – Aung San Suu Kyi – Ruth Ghent (a missionary in Japan) – Michelle Obama – Bono (I know, but I like his music and his work on poverty – Jamie Oliver (UK chef and healthy school dinner advocate) – Jessica Ennis (UK Olympian)
10 deceased people
Queen Elizabeth I – Albert Einstein – Rosa Parks – Florence Nightingale (nice name) – Queen Victoria – Virginia Wolf – Eleanor Roosevelt – King David – John Lennon (we share the same name!) – Robert the Bruce (the good one)
10 things about today
Being able to travel quickly -women’s votes – contraception – the middle class – free healthcare and education (Scotland) – films – moisturiser – contact lenses – disposable nappies/diapers – availability of many types of food
10 things about nature
Scotland (all of it) – Lake Como, Italy – Kobe, Japan – Scarborough, UK – Low Fell, UK – White Rock Lake, Dallas – Colorado Rockies – Seville, Spain – Northern Ireland – the moon (gotta love those tides)
10 modern inventions (it doesn’t say how modern)
the internet (skype) – washing machines – flushing toilets – the car – music on the go – planes – electric kettle (for tea) – TV – wind turbines – air conditioning (for Texas summers)
10 foods (this was by far the easiest for me)
sushi/sashimi – chips (fries) any potato, but this is the best – real bacon (sorry America – you just don’t’ have it) – anything made by my mum – poached egg on toast with a cuppa tea – sausage, beans and mash – roast beef and Yorkshire pudding – medium rare sirloin steak – chocolate mousse with cream – salt and vinegar crisps. My mouth is watering.
10 spiritual things
grace – forgiveness – salvation – heaven – mercy – sanctification – compassion – blessing – understanding – hope