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Mom v. Headsets

“What are you thankful for?” I asked my son a few weeks back, personally thankful no grammar Nazis were around to correct my intentionally incorrect grammar.

“What’s ‘thankful’?”

“It’s when something makes you happy, so much so that you want to say ‘thank you’ for it. I’m thankful for you and Daddy and snuggles.”

“Oh!” Li’l D replied, smiling. “I’m thankful for headsets.”

Picturing the listening station in his new classroom, I said, “Headsets are pretty awesome. Is there anything else?”

“Nope! Just headsets.”

Each night for the next week, his answer was the same. Finally, he added, “I’m thankful for my family.”

I beamed. 

“Family” has turned up every night since.

In the few weeks since we started saying our evening thank yous together, his answers have been the same every evening.


Then, shortly after I took this picture Wednesday evening, he mixed things up. “I’m thankful for you!” he shouted with a cuddle attack. “And headsets.”

For one night, at least, I ranked above headsets. Every mama’s dream! Really, though, I can dig it. Headsets are rad. 

So, too, is gratitude, and my son’s delight at small wonders.

  1. October 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

    This needs to be tucked away on your FTIAT page, too!
    It seems you have planted important seeds in balancing family and technology, thankfulness and utility, love and proud expertise. Great post!

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      I suppose I could make space for it there, eh? Since thanks have been my prayers for just about as long as I’ve prayed, it just finally struck me I should share some of that with my little guy. So glad I did, for so many reasons! Happy weekend, Georgette. ♥

  2. October 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Headsets really are pretty great… Especially noise-cancelling headset.

  3. October 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    When my youngest was in Pre-K, we went for their Thanksgiving program, and the bulletin board was full of “I am thankful for…” responses from the kids. The wall was full of answers like “my family, my pets, my friends.” My son’s answer… “I am thankful for scissors.” My oldest son commented that his brother was probably the only kid who answered that question unprompted. He stuck with that answer for years, even wanting to be a barber so he could play with scissors all day. Thanks for bringing that memory back for me!

    But you’re lucky, I don’t think I ever ranked above scissors.

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Aaaaaw! This makes me chuckle and cheer (in my heart) all at once. Thank you for sharing these sweet memories. ♥

  4. October 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I love the un-censored answers children give…if we could all answer questions in such an inhibited way! And, I’m glad, too, you ranked above headsets for an evening…but I’m certain apart from the question directly asked, you rank #1 every single moment of every single day! XOXO-Kasey

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Wouldn’t it be awesome?! Some work conversations might get a little awkward, but generally I think things would be a lot better if folks felt more comfortable being more candid in all facets of life. 🙂

      It is so good reading from you, lady. I hope it’s not too long before we’re talking, too!

      • October 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Yes, a talk would be wonderful! Perhaps if you are not too busy this weekend we can chat. I’ll be home, in and around, catching up on chores, and of course, playing with our new horsey! 🙂 XXOO

  5. October 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I think thankfulness is wonderous. I am thankful you shared this one, reminding me to be thankful for small things as well as large.

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thinking of his answer made me stop a few times today and reconsider grumpiness. Honestly, one of the little things that made my week was a rubber stamp that tidily does something I’ve been doing by hand the last month or so. The fact there’s a device that can do it for me in one motion? Hooooo-boy, was I grinning every time I used it! Maybe the apple really does not fall too far from the tree. 😀

  6. October 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This is pretty great. Ranking above headsets for even a moment is quite an accomplishment. I was recently reminded of #5’s former love for staples when I found a picture of me that he made & put a few hundred staples in as decoration.

  7. October 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    ARGH! WordPress deleted my entire comment, so I will summarize it with a simple, I love this post and I love that you let him speak his truth without trying to direct it. And yes, headsets are pretty cool.

  8. October 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

    It’s so important to be thankful ! My Mum is always advocating it. I got her a book a while ago ‘1000 Gifts’ by Ann Voskamp – it’s a bit religious but wonderful at being thankful especially with children. Congratulation on your recent nuptials ! X x x

    • November 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Thankfulness was the single biggest factor in my departing depression in my late teens/early twenties! I know excessive gratitude can drive some folks batty, but I’m OK with that as it’s worked miracles in my life.

  9. Marta
    October 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Aw. I love it. I try to wiggle answers like mommy from my kids but often they love whatever is currently their latest obsession: Skylanders and princesses as of today.

    • November 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Princesses I’m acquainted with, but I’m going to have to look up Skylanders now!

      (Also, I think Li’l D’s answer the last 24 hours would be “Ninja turtles!” No joke.)

  10. October 29, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I’m pretty sure Boo was thankful for headsets last night since his reappeared from its recent trip to the washer and dryer.

    • November 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Does it still work?! If so, I need to get that kind of headsets for Li’l D. A washing (or nine) is inevitable.

  11. October 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    ♡♥♡♥♡♥♡ my heart soars every time Nate says “I love you mommy” thinking I may have to start doing this thankful thing at night now.

    • November 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

      I’m so sleepy some nights I almost forget. It’s amazing, though, how much that one thirty-second exercise eases any troubles still lingering on my mind. ♥

  12. October 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

    That’s so cute! And he seems to know what the important things in life are: family and headsets :p

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