With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I wanted to take a minute to ponder what to feel thankful for. As a mom, a teacher, and a wife, I can probably name quite a few things, but as an autism mom, I know sometimes the day-to-day gets rough. If you’ve had a week of screaming meltdowns, maybe you also need a reminder. Although sometimes things get rough, we can always feel thankful for what we do have. It’s in this spirit that I write this list.
- True Love. I felt true love for the first time when I met my husband, but with the birth of my son, I felt love on a completely new level. I might have days where I could stop him from saying “Oh shit” over and over or where I wish I could stop the screaming, but more than anything, I feel grateful to have him in my life.
- Appreciation for the little things. If anyone knows how to express thankfulness, it’s my son. He feels thankful for the little things in life. His eyes light up with joy at the smallest of gestures. It’s in those moments that I wish I could be more like him–seeing the wonderment in the everyday joys of life.
- Honesty. Okay, so maybe I don’t always feel thankful for the honesty because the truth can hurt sometimes. He will ask me about my fat belly sometimes, but he also smells me and lets me know I smell good. He tells me when I’ve upset him, when I’ve made him happy, and when he likes my clothes. I’ve rarely known him to tell a lie. He can’t get away with much because of this, but that also means it’s easier to keep him safe, secure, and in my arms.
- Repeated compliments. My son must tell me a hundred times a day that I’m “the best mom ever” and that he loves me. He tells me I’m beautiful. While he also repeats many things I wish he wouldn’t, he’s always good for an ego boost. If you want someone to tell you that you’re handsome or you’re pretty, he’s your guy.
- Hugs and kisses. My son has a bit of an obsession with kisses, but his kisses tell me that he feels fondness toward me. His hugs and backrubs are some of the best in the world. There’s nothing sweeter than hugs and kisses from a child, and I love how he does not shy away from affection.
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What do you feel thankful for?
I know I’m not the only parent who feels thankful for all the small things that come with raising a child. There’s a unique gratification that comes from raising children. As I watch mine grow up learning to be great young men, I am thankful for all that comes with parenting them. I hope one day my son will read this and know that the love I feel for him is unconditional and without bounds. Share what you’re thankful for in the comments!