Recently Keao and I noticed that our 3 year-old, Slugger, loves to perform. She started preschool last month and because of that her repertoire of songs has grown considerably. Of course, she doesn’t like to perform without an audience. Before she starts singing, she always makes sure someone is watching. In fact, if you’re not watching, she will get your attention and exclaim, “watch me Daddy!” After she is sure she has your complete, undivided attention, the show will start. Upon completion of her song or dance, she will patiently wait for your applause. However, if you do not applaud quick enough, she will yell, “clap, Daddy, clap!” Once you start your cheering she will take a deep bow, smile and say with glee, “thank you! Thank you!”
Today, of course, is Thanksgiving. The day when we put our selfishness aside and give thanks to God and each other. Imagine that, a day set aside solely to be thankful!
Thus far, it’s been an interesting year and the start of a new season in my life, but I have so much to be thankful for. Here are some of the things that I am thanking God for today:
-My family. I am thankful for an amazing wife that supports every hare-brained idea I want to try and always encourages me when I’m feeling discouraged. She is my best friend and biggest cheerleader. Second to her, I am thankful for my two daughters, Slugger and Sunny. They consistently make me smile and always remind me to remember the wonder of discovery.
-My parents, siblings and friends. They say it takes a village and this year, it indeed took a village. My mom and dad have supported us in so many ways, watching our kids, helping us with preschool and just being there whenever we need them. My friends have also been extraordinary this year as well. Whether it was sharing a meal or sharing an inspirational word, they all played an important part in this roller coaster of a year.
There are so many other things to be thankful for like my health, the internet (I have tried so many new recipes thanks to YouTube) and living in Hawaii, but truthfully it’s all about the relationships and the people you have in your life. You take those away my life would be empty and lonely. After that, it’s all gravy.
So in all sincerity, just like Slugger would say, “thank you, thank you!” I am very grateful and appreciative for you. Now, enough of the mushy stuff. Go and watch some football and enjoy some turkey!