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I received this email today and thought, "Yes, we can learn gratitude from children. Thank you for children!"

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going

to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff

you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty

person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone
smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much

rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move

to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their


When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up

my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread

their arms and fly with it until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids

say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams

away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy

and Daddy."

When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty

carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and

worms to play with.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?

"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize

they were the big things."
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