As i've grown up, become a mother and matured (sort of) I have come to realise that everyone needs gentle reminders of the above 3 things in life. It takes something serious for us to remember to appreciate and be grateful and it takes some receiving to realise we should give back. I included.
I mentioned about teaching the boys to give to others who are less fortunate than us and its triggered a lot of feelings for H especially. We were walk to school yesterday and our conversation went like this -
H - I would really like a land rover one day Mummy
Me - Me too Harvey, but you need lots of money to buy one
H - When will we have lots of money?
When we bloody well win the lottery my sweet.
Me - Not everyone has lots of money, you don't need to have lots of it to be happy
H - When we get lots of money we can buy our farm AND i want to give lots of money to other people
Me - That's a very lovely thing to do Harvey, that sounds like a great plan!
And yes, my heart melted. What a thoughtful little boy I have made!
We are getting to that time of year too, where being grateful plays a huge part in everyone's lives.
I'm very grateful for the roof we have over our heads now the cooler months are here. The heat in the radiators and the thickness of our duvet.
I'm grateful for the closeness of our family, the way we come together on cold evenings to share each others company and enjoy and appreciate what we have.
And i plan on teaching them that not only is it amazing that Father Christmas brings us lots of lovely toys, we need to be grateful for them and most definitely think ourselves lucky that he visits our part of town....