I asked the kids to give me a list of what they are most thankful for. What follows are their lists. Mind you, I do have a running commentary in my head as I share these with you. But alas, I will keep my comments to myself.

Isaiah presented a list of 1-10 on one side of a piece of paper, and he elaborated on the other:

1. Parents
Parents are an essential people who are here to help children. I am thankful for this.

2. Food
Mmmmmm. Something that makes my mouth water. Food is awesome.

3. School
I love school. Not just because there are my friends, but because everyday I start new.

4. Holidays
I love holidays for the food and because holidays make me excited. (I also love cookies during these times.)

5. Trombone
I love playing my trombone and hearing the sound when I play jingle bells. It feels so good inside.

6. House
I’m glad I have a house to sleep in and live in. I don’t know what it feels like to live outside anymore.

7. Bed
At night I love sleeping in my bed. There’s no other way to put it. I just love it.

8. Clothes
I don’t want to be nude in public. So, clothes are also an essential item to my everyday life.

9. Books
I like to read books everyday and as much as I can. I have a stack of books waiting to be read.

10. Teachers
Teachers are important for me just like they will be for my children, too. Thank you teachers. Thank you.

Isaac’s handwriting was a little more readable and I LOVE that I came first on his list. 🙂

“Things I am thankful for: Mom, Dad, Esther-Faith, and Isaiah and the rest of my family. And food. And drinks, clothes, shoes, books, love, school, friends, tools, and bathrooms. (I am only thankful for bathrooms because I do not have to go in a bucket.) And parents, kindness, and the world, and firefighters, and police officers, and armies, and other kinds of soldiers.”

(Note: on his list, Isaac spelled firefighters “fire fires.” And he spelled bucket “buget.” And he spelled tools “tolls.” And police officers “plice offusers.” So, I did require some clarification from the nine-year-old. But oh, the giggles when I read it the first time!)

Of course, Esther-Faith’s list had to be dictated. In fact, it was with trepidation that I even asked her what she was thankful for at all. Because I never really know what she’s going to say…!

Esther-Faith said, “I am thankful for my brothers, both of them. And my dad. And you. And my stuffed animals.”

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