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Giving Thanks x2

By N.A.

Taking a mental health break — yet, my mental health is still questionable — had me spending time with my two boys as they had the entire week off from school. ¬†And, after spending more time with them outside our usual routine of school, homework, and activities, it made me realize that I was actually even more thankful for them than I could have ever imagined.

Just a quick list of why anyone with little to medium-sized people in their life should really take pause and reflect on just how much they add to a life because I feel new dimensions of love and appreciation just after the last seven days with them:

  • I am thankful that they ask questions even when they are difficult or emotional to answer or I might not even have a clue how to respond. There is that passion to know and question that makes me say, thank you for showing me why I should never be complacent in life.
  • I am thankful for their enthusiasm. Everything we did together involved laughter and those looks of pure joy on their faces — whether it was a go-kart, roller coaster, sugar-infused meal, one of mom’s educational trips to the Bodies exhibit or a hike in a canyon.
  • I am thankful that they are there to keep me in check — whether it is helping me be patient or hanging in there while I make the tough decisions that I thought I would never be able to do.
  • I am thankful that my kids are thankful for what they have — while I would love to give them the world, it would only hurt them and add to what’s wrong with it.
  • I am thankful that they are there to help me constantly work on becoming a better me.

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