I finally went to buy my Thanksgiving groceries today, the stores were crazy and the lines made me want to scream. My youngest is off from school the entire week so he was with me. I tried rushing him through the store, my goal was to get in and out as quickly as possible.
I went to get a turkey and there were only slim pickings, 12 pound birds or more, I was just hoping for a small 8-10 pound bird. My frustration was growing as I struggled to find all my fixings. In the Thanksgiving aisle there were numerous decorations and my little one stopped to take it all in. I was so frustrated by this point that I said "come on I want to get this holiday over with." In the middle of my outburst and the shopping chaos my little boy looks at me and asks "mommy, can we make a list of all the things we are thankful for before dinner?" The question stopped me dead in my tracks. I was focusing on the wrong thing. It is not about the dinner, it is about giving thanks.
I wanted to share this with everyone because I think it is easy to lose sight of what we are celebrating because we are too busy planning the celebration. Words of wisdom by a 5 year-old: make a list and give thanks.