Monday afternoon while at the library, Thing 4 informed me of an event that coming Friday at school. ”We’re going to have a feast at school just like the first Thanksgiving!” she exclaimed. She then informed me that she could be a pilgrim or an indian.
“Which one are you going to be?” I asked.
“Which one can you make me?”
A quick trip to Amazon.com proved that a pilgrim or indian costume was far outside my budget of… well… nothing… and so we Googled “how to make a pilgrim costume.”
Need to make one? Super simple! See?
Realizing we had everything needed except white felt, I felt confident that this non-seamstress gal could come up with one pilgrim costume by Friday. That evening I sent her to Girl Scouts and I headed to JoAnne’s for white felt. In a matter of an hour, I completed a simple, yet, absolutely adorable pilgrim costume.
There are so many things from this encounter that I can be thankful for including Google, a remnant bin at JoAnne’s that happened to have the exact amount of white felt that I needed for $1.61, or the person who created the two minute video on how to make a pilgrim costume.
But what I am most thankful for is the excitement over what I did; rather the time I took, even though it was somewhat last minute, to create a costume that she was proud of. She talked about it all week… to whoever would listen.
Wednesday night, as the hunky hubs was tucking her in, she said, “I’m super excited about wearing the pilgrim costume that Heather made.”
When he asked why, she replied with, “ its like a gigantic history lesson Friday when everybody gets to wear their costumes and do pilgrim and Indian stuff.”
This morning when the hubs woke her up, she sprang up and said, “It’s Friday! I get to wear my pilgrim costume!” And she wore it proudly. She was thankful for me, but at the same time, I was so very thankful for her.
In the midst of being a mother, a wife, an employee, and yes, even a child of God, we can feel so under appreciated and “stuck” in a “thankless” position. Come on, be real…. I have two teenagers and a pre-teen in the house…. I know!
Without saying the words, her excitement and enthusiasm all week were enough for me to know how thankful she was.
(And I was told to share this picture with EVERYBODY!)
As we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, I pray that you are able to see the thanks that people have for you…even if they don’t come right out and say “thank you.”
Until next time…