"Thank You" is one of the first social phrases we teach our children. As the Thanksgiving Day chaos and joy approach it seems logical to take a look at a meditation about this "simple" act that can mean so very much.
A Thank You
He said "Thank you" tonight. Not a knee jerk response. A real thank you. Not after a ride to school when he overslept. Or a ride to a friend's house. Not after I gave him something. Just "Thank You." He had gone down to bed after a pretty typical day. Not a perfect day. Not even an argument-free day. Just a day. He had brushed his teeth [woo hoo!] and taken a shower and gone to bed. I hadn't even tucked him in or anything. Then he came back to the living room, gave me a hug and said those two precious words. "Thank you." Caught by surprise I said, "For what?" His response was carefully casual and tossed over his shoulder as he headed back to bed. "Nothing. Just Thank you...g'nite." Those two words will hold me through a lot of tough days. Thank you.
Excerpted from "The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents" by Gail Underwood Parker Artwork by Anna Parker David from the book cover.