Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gratitude


Recently while I was having a little melt down about the money tree being bare, my perspective was surprisingly and pleasantly changed by someone that I least expected.


It was dinner time and I proceeded to put down our gourmet dinner of sausages, home-made chips and salad in front of my 13 year old son Nathan, with the comment, “here’s another poor peoples dinner.”


He said, “Are we poor mum? I don’t think we’re poor. I think we are really rich. I mean not everyone has a computer, a lap top, an ipad, a PlayStation 3, a Wii, an iPod, a smart phone… I mean, I know the Internet isn’t working at the moment, and the TV is broken, but we are getting another one, and the Internet will get fixed… I think we’re rich.” And proceeded to tuck into dinner with gusto as only an ever growing 13 year old teenage boy can!



I was very humbled to say the least. And extremely proud. It seems my lessons on gratitude have sunk in… Even though for that moment, they had slipped past me, I’m incredibly grateful that I had someone to remind me.

11 comments:

  1. Oh BOY!!
    Been there... done that! Out of the mouth of babes.
    Getting a wake up call from ones own children really is an amazing experience. Makes one really think about the lessons they learn from us... good and bad.. How wonderful to see evidence of the good. Is there anything more powerful than true gratitude?

    I remember a few similar occasions but one that springs to mind now is my anguish associated with with sending son to a school that I thought best suited his needs and interests. Turned out to be a haven for bullies..and regimental learning.. not for free thinking spirits. [he is very like me].The pain & needless suffering.. still makes me wince to think of it..

    We were discussing it one day and how better our lives may have been if I had made better choices. His reply..
    "but then we would never have known how good P'hill [new school] is without the comparison. We wouldn't really appreciate how good it is"

    Awesome..isn't it. x0x

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    1. Yes, I think its pretty awesome. One of those I-think-I-must-be-doing-something-right moments. x

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  2. He's got a point! I don't think we even know what 'poor' really is these days. My Mum is always happy to point out the difference to me. You know the 'we walked 10 miles to school and back every day' stories.

    You're a good mumma to raise a good son like that, Vicky. x

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    1. Thank you Bron, that means a lot. x

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  3. What a fantastic boy and a wonderful memory!

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    1. Yes I think he is pretty special :)

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  4. what a lovely moment to share, beautiful, thank you.

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  5. sounds like the timely reminder that you needed. we tend to lose sight of whats important. So glad your son can help you get back on track. My focus on the other hand is teaching my children to be like your son.

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    1. It was wonderful to hear from him. and was one of those proud mumma moments where I thought I must be doing something right!

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  6. I am Nathan. Mum, I am so wonderfully happy to see all the nice things you have said to me. I read a couple of you're blogs too... Mum, don't ever stop doing this. I love you and you have got to be the most beautiful, and most loving mother I could have ever wished for. Thank you for being awesome. <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Wow... About Laura Aston and me* Hahaha

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