Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dear Small Things


Dear Small Things,

You are the parts in life that make it fulfilling.  Even though the big events and celebrations are the memorable ones, when we encounter you in our memories, what we experience is simple gratitude and peaceful joy.

This year, we had several momentous occasions including the birth of my niece, my kiddos' birthday celebrations, my re-acquaintance with the teaching profession as a Chinese School teacher, and more recently, having become a substitute teacher in our school district.  While these are the events that will make Year 2012 stand out, it's the mundane, everyday events that fill my days and nights with the comfort of knowing that everything is okay.  Here is my #TopTen list of Thanks-Giving in Small Things:

10.  I take pride in having learned to sing the song "Stella-Ella-Ola" from my kiddos.  At my ripe old age, it took me a good few days to learn it.  Dear Daughter learned it from Music Class in school and taught it to her little brother.  But hearing Dear Son sing it with his Signature Lisp always brings a big smile to my face.  In case you're not familiar with the song, here are the words: Stella ella ola quack quack quack singing es tiga tiga, tiga tiga shack shack.  Es tiga tiga velo, velo, velo lo lo lo, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!  #LispingNightmare

9.  I honestly never tire of hearing the kiddos exclaim, "I finished another book!"  DD kicks our butts with her reading list every year.  The number of books that she goes through is simply amazing.  DS is right on track with her, as he is now an emergent reader who both reads independently and demands to be read to at night.  It gives me so much joy to know that they love to read and truly treasure the possibilities books can bring to their minds.  #MyKidsPutMeToShame


8.  Some of my happiest moments are watching DS play with his toys.  He likes to line up his toy pieces and make his Superhero Sounds: whoosh, bam, ka-pow!  Kids play differently; DD always preferred having a playmate.  Seeing DS have the ability to use his imagination and play all by himself is like having a peek into his little world of fun.  From the sidelines, of course.  #DucksInARow

7.  My kiddos still hold my hands.  Not so surprising for DS, but as she approaches her tween years, I am thankful for any number of days that DD is still willing to walk hand-in-hand with me in public. #ProudMamaKeepsOnHolding

6.  Receiving smiles along with eye contact from anyone is one of the most comforting human interactions to experience.  During this holiday season, it's so wonderful to see happy faces and eyes to match them.  It doesn't cost anything to wear a smile--it may even buy some peeps a few moments of happiness.  #HappyHolidays

5.  Having the support of my family for me to write has been one of the most reward things of late.  Being able to put thoughts into words, contemplations into black and white, and reflections into writing are what I look forward to doing for me.  The time I carve our of my days to spend in front of a computer is sweet and relished.  #BuggerOffImWriting

4.  Hot tea on a cold night.  Chocolates for a sweet tooth.  Music for all moods.  Puckered lips to kiss me goodnight.  Lemonade on a hot, muggy day.  A favorite wine on a Friday night.  A great book to read anytime.  A beautiful sky on a brand new day.  #ItsTheLittleThings

3.  I am grateful for the fact that I can always count on a few things to happen over and over again.  That the four seasons of the year come and go, always in order and in their own rhythms.  That my orchids will always bloom for most months of the year, wilt, and magically grow new shoots again and repeat the cycle.  That no matter how much I think I will never get over an anxiety attack, I always do.  That the sun will always come out, tomorrow, or the next day.  #YouAreTheSunYouAreTheRain


2.  In the midst of our busy lives, there are times when--unbeknownst to Dear Husband--I suddenly catch a look in his eyes that makes me see the young boy I fell in love with over twenty years ago.  The boy with whom I imagined spending the rest of my life, the boy that would one day be the father of my children, the boy that would one day hold my wrinkly, bony hands when I'm old and gray.  These tiny moments of stolen glances sprinkled over the years are the small gifts that remind me to carry gratitude close to my heart.  #TheDaysOfYore

And the bestest, bestest Small Thing of all:

1.  I've only recently realized that I am once again able to sleep through the night.  It's been about a decade.  Need I say more?  #SleepIsNotOverrated

So, Dear Small Things, on this day of Thanksgiving, I pay tribute to you to show how large a role you play in my daily life.  "Don't take what you have for granted, and always live with a heart full of gratitude" is certainly a good mantra by which to live.  This is what tell myself to remember: it's not what you want, but what you already have.

Sincerely,
Me


18 comments:

  1. Hurray for #1!!! And all the others, of course. I totally cherish holding hands and hope it never ends. Although, as she gets taller, I'll settle for an arm around the shoulder (she often tosses hers around my neck now).

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    1. Yes, hurray for #1, indeed! I'm all about showing physical affection, so I hope that part of my parenting pays off. I know of teenagers and young adults who are still comfortable with closeness. Crossing my fingers. Thanks so much for stopping by, Susanna! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  2. This is such a sweet post. I can relate to most of the things you've listed. It still catches me by surprise when my older son takes my hand when we're out. I know those days are numbered! My younger son is reading more on his own, but I have to prompt him to do it. He'd rather stage play fights and run around. (He does the sound effects when he plays, too. It's so funny to listen to.

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Thanks for the reminder to relish the little things :)

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    1. Thanks, Janna, and I hope both your sons never grow out of holding your hands! Our kids' school wants them to read a certain number of minutes a day, so I give DS a stop watch and he just goes at it. The stop watch adds a bit of fun to it since boys are into gadgets. This way he always reads, but still requires prompting from me, too. :) Whatever helps, right? We had a lovely Thanksgiving--hope you did, too!

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  3. It's always the small things that matter the most! I whole heartedly agree with #1...

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    1. Are you right there with me about the sleep thing? Our kiddos finally don't need us at night anymore? Blissful sleep is soooooo good! Thanks, Susi!

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  4. So many things to be grateful for and the smallest things are the most important ones!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog, Zhanna! It's really is the little things that make life so precious, isn't it?! :)

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  5. Wait, you're substitute teaching? How did I not know that? I know of another school that is desperately looking for certified teachers as subs if you're interested.

    And you're listing the small things by number order, but yet I love that you have so many things that you can't keep just one for each number. That is so perfect!

    The sleep though? I'm jealous. I can't tell you the last time I slept through the night and woke up feeling refreshed.

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    1. Michelle, you are one of the first peeps (around here) to know! Like I said, it *just* happened.

      I'm lucky. I know that because I was able to fill up this post with more than ten items. I would have kept going but a limit is always good. :)

      Oh, I really hope you can get some good rest; sleep is so important. It's not the kids keeping you up, is it? Can you sleep in one weekend morning?

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  6. ...and so, one more comment gone. I do not know what I pressed in my keyboard - my first words just magically disappeared. :-)

    Well, I said that this is another beautiful post, Sandra. These little things make for a great existence. :-)

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    1. Oh, no! I don't know why the firsts don't take and subsequent attempts do, Imelda!? I'm sorry you have such a hard time leaving me comments, and I appreciate your doing so despite Blogger giving you trouble. Thank you so much for your sweet words!

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  7. Aw, lisping nightmare! Cute though! Question, maybe a bit personal, does DS really have a lisp or just because he's still learning to speak properly? Are you concerned? J stutters but I think it's because his brain is working faster than his mouth at age 2. I love watching my J use his imagination while playing too! And I'll make up a silly game like "jumping" cars off a table, and he'll want to play it everyday with me. It's so endearing! Aw, handholding. Never gets old. Speaking of orchids, my dad's orchid bloomed last year around Feb. Wondering if it'll do the same in 2013! And aw, about seeing "the man you fell in love with over 20 years ago". Really, 20 years you've been together? Amazing! Oh, and sleeping through the night. Lucky! Hehe.

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    1. Hi, Lisa! DS really does have a lisp, but it is still considered normal at this age. The speech therapists don't worry about the lisp until children are around age 7. I think stuttering may be along the same lines, but I'm not sure what age is where intervention begins.

      Child play IS so endearing. I can imagine J playing cars with you like that! My orchids are as old as DS! Yes, over 20 years! It was the year 1991--we were in college, and we were imbeciles. :) And now I feel old. I'm making up some desperately needed sleep starting tonight, as I just posted my last one of #NaBloPoMo! (Doing the Happy Dance!)

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    2. No, orchids are 5yo. DH and I are over 20 years. Sorry, no transition... ;-)

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  8. I agree--it's the little things that make life special. But sleeping through the night? That's BIG!

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    1. Yes, sleep. The sweet rest of sleep! Friday nights are so great, since it's sleep-in day the next day--if the kiddos can leave me alone. I always cross my fingers. :)

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