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 goingto take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluffyou can wish on.When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirtyperson 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 muchrhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and moveto it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up theirown.When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing upmy hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spreadtheir 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 kidssay, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreamsaway tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommyand Daddy."When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirtycarpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, andworms 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 realizethey were the big things."
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