Giving Thanks for the Little Things

This week we’re sharing things we are thankful for. I really have nothing to complain about, so I could be extremely brief and simply say I’m thankful for my life the way it is, but that wouldn’t be fair to you. I mean, you’ve gone to the trouble of clicking on this link to read my post, so I should give you something to read, right?

I will tell you about a few things I’m thankful for, and why. This is not your traditional list. I’m thankful for all of those, too, but I’m sure you’ll read essays espousing those written by those with greater credentials than me. So my list is designed to tell you what the holidays are like in our house:


1. I’m thankful for laps. After a long week of cleaning, cooking, and eating, we like to sit back and watch the football games. It’s a great opportunity for some cuddle time with the little ones. This little guy has his favorite spot – and Grandpa is more than happy to oblige. I’m thankful that they enjoy each other so much.


IMG_18122. I’m thankful for TV trays. We’ve never had a separate table for the kids. Usually, the youngest members of the family sit at the table with at least one parent, while the older kids and adults get TV trays. Taking these out means that we have too many people here to fit around the dining room table. And that’s a good thing. One can never have too many kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren at holiday time.


IMG_17373. I’m thankful for messes. The fact that we have spilled milk, fizzed up soda pop from shaking the bottles and turkey bones lost in the couch means that we have so much food that we don’t have to worry about hoarding every bite. We’ve been blessed with relative prosperity, and while we’re not wasteful, we’re not going to go hungry if some of it is lost.


4. I’m thankful for calendars. They tell me that in exactly four weeks after Thanksgiving we get to gather around again for another holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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9 Responses to Giving Thanks for the Little Things

  1. I truly enjoyed your list. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.


  2. LOVELY, Patricia!We always had a houseful of relatives in when I was growing up and the door is open here, usually AFTER we all meet at my sisters and eat.We also have kids of all ages at the tables…there are never set places, just where any set seems to be talking at the time.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!(Love your pix!)


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Same to you, Tonette! My husband and I both come from small families, so it’s a real treat to us to have so many people here. And while some of the etiquette experts might cringe at the way we serve our dinner cafeteria style rather than at a formal table, this works for us.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Those are lovely, Patty, and have a much more genuine feel than when someone says “world peace”


  4. Yolanda Gamble says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Patricia! what a wonderful list! Love the laps!! ❤️


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