All The Strings That Make Up A Blanket

Sage reaches out to share some of the wisdom he gained in 2014.

Sage reaches out to share some of the wisdom he gained in 2014.

I recently introduced a new element to my son Sage’s bedtime ritual: Each night, he now tells me three things he’s thankful for. He liked postponing bedtime slightly, and I liked cultivating his sense of gratitude, so we were both on board with the idea.

Since Sage is one of those capable-but-lazy sorts, I also stipulated that he couldn’t repeat list items. (If I hadn’t, his list would have looked something like “parents, dog, grandparents” every night; while I’m glad he’s grateful for all three, I figured he probably wouldn’t learn a lot from a repetition that would inevitably become mindless.)

We started the list in November and, despite the occasional missed day, have now accumulated well over 100 “thankful things.” Some of them are nice but unsurprising; in addition to the low-hanging fruit of naming family members and pets, he also listed body parts (wrists, arms, eyes, etc.), toys, and holiday-related items (Santa Claus, Thanksgiving, his school gift exchange, etc.)

Our dog Court featured prominently in Sage's Thankful List.

Our dog Court featured prominently in Sage’s Thankful List.

After a few days, though, he was running out of obvious list candidates and was forced to get creative; some of the items were just the first things he happened to notice as he looked around the room, but some of them startled me with their insight. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Having air to breathe
  • Heated homes
  • Light
  • Our dog Court’s collar and tags so he could be identified if he ever got lost
  • Being able to choose where to eat
  • Being alive
  • The protective cases on movies that keep them from getting scratched
  • The future
  • The word “you” since we would have a hard time communicating without it
  • Doorways that allow us to enter and leave rooms
  • Right now
  • All the strings that make up a blanket

Sage isn’t exactly a philosopher, but I hope that someday he’ll realize that all these things on his list—people and pets, objects and body parts, the air and food and water and love that make his existence possible—are the strings  making up the blanket of his life.

I hope it’s a warm one.

Sage flies off into a new year.

Sage flies off into a new year.

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6 comments

  1. Wonderful post – nothing like an attitude of gratitude. Did’t emphasize it enough with our kids but made amends with grandchildren beginning with my very first post. It’s interesting the odd things they are thankful for.

    1. Thanks, Marian! Happy New Year to you and your family!

      Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:13:47 +0000 To: reharris68@hotmail.com

  2. Very nice post, Rebecca. You and Paul are doing a fine job raising my grandson.

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