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Gratitude From An 11-Year Old

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So it’s Thanksgiving. I’ll tell you what I’m grateful for: My son, who decided to take over as today’s guest blogger and gave me a little extra vacation time. I was going to add more, but I think he’s about covered it.

Stuff I’m Thankful for at Eleven Years Old

1. Thanks for my family. They love and support me when I’m in a tough situation.

2. Thanks for life. It keeps me alive.

3. Thanks for friends. Those guys sometimes piss me off, but they are still awesome.

4. Thanks for entertainment. It makes us say: “ooh,” “aah,” and “oh no!”

5. Thanks for books. They help us learn and are great on car rides when you don’t want to get out of the car to do errands. You can say, “Do I have to go in? I’m reading.” That usually works.

6. Thanks for my Dad’s job. Without it we wouldn’t have enough money for everything we have today. Because everyone knows my mom’s job as a teacher doesn’t really pay very much.

7. Thanks for technology. Especially when it works.

8. Thank goodness for a little vacation. No school!

9.  Thanks for blankets: Warmness!

10. Thanks for everything. Except the bad stuff. And luckily, we don’t have too much of that.

What are you thankful for?

29 thoughts on “Gratitude From An 11-Year Old

  1. Wise words from the little freckled fellow…can I borrow #5?

    Wendy

    1. Try it. It totally works! 😉

  2. I am thankful for my amazing family and my wonderful friends, including you, Renee!

  3. Words of wisdom! He’s one wise 11 year old. Hope to hear more guest blogs from him in the future!

    1. Don’t hold your breath. This involved old-fashioned pen and paper! LOL! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Personally, I’m grateful Thanksgiving is not at my house this year. I’m grateful for my family. Though I sometimes feel I’m forever chasing after them like the guy in the white suit who cleans up after the elephants at the end of the parade, they are pretty great elephants. And everyone loves a good parade.

  5. Ten days ago there was a shooting (3 wounded, including a 1 yr old baby girl and shooter suicide) and few days ago another shooting (this time, three women dead and shooter suicide). Both 10 blocks from where I live. Then the crack house finally got invaded by the SWAT team a dozen blocks in the other direction. I am thankful that my children and grand children were not hit and that my parents are OK too. And that I am alive to provide for them all. My condolences to the families. It’s a sure bet there will be several more incidents of the ilk in the next few weeks. I am envious that the little 11 year old fellow has such wholesome things for which to be thankful. May the Lord bless and keep him. Don’t ever let him move to Miami.

    1. He is an innocent, and for that I am grateful. Happy Thanksgiving, Carl. Thanks for being a part of my blogger life.

  6. Awesome. Witty, like his mom. #6 cracked me up, and #5 is clever. What parent is going to say, “No. You read too much. C’mon.”

    Hope you, your guest blogger, and the rest of your family have a great Thanksgiving, Renee.

    1. The little bastard is witty and clever without even trying. I have to work at it. 😉

      How you and the Hellcats have a great Thanksgiving, too, 6pack. One question, who gets to break the wishbone in your house? Is that World War IV?

  7. I’m thankful for the following:

    – My family.
    – My friends, who, let’s face it, are just an extension of my family.
    – Books. TV can’t put pictures half as vivid into my head as a good book can.
    – The roof over my head. Thank goodness it’s not leaking.
    – Work. Even though I may p&m about it, I am very glad to be employed.

    1. Thanks for checking in and being part of my cyber world, Bob. Have a wonderful Turkey Day! There is much to be grateful for.

  8. I started my day with this and it made me smile and warmed my heart. I’m going to share with as many people as I can. I may even sneak #5 to my boys since they’re not into reading (strange, I know).
    Finally, what a great young man who gave his Mom a break, too!

    1. We started out with the idea that we would post parallel lists – but his was so much more direct and clever and funny and just … so much more innocent than mine, I just chucked mine in the trash. He is a hoot. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the peeps you love.

  9. Love it. Finding your voice at a young age eh? I also love the way life keeps me alive!

    1. Oh, he’s got a voice. Can’t figure out where he got it. It’s a puzzler. 😉

      Thanks, Clay, for being one of the best things to happen to me online in 2010! Have a great day. If you were smart (and you are), your students are doing the work while you kick back and relax. As for me, I will be grading literary essays all weekend.

  10. Who is this wonderful “thankful” child? Could it be possible…I know him! So mature, so thoughtful, so learned, so wise, so appreciative, so modern, so full of gratitude, so obliging, so beholding and so full of wisdom. A child every mom dreams and wants. You’re are a lucky lady, Renee.

    1. Wow, you sound like you must be this kid’s grandmother or something! 😉

  11. Yup, he covered about all of it. Well said. Pat him on the head for me. And maybe this year he can get a seat at the “Big Kids’ Table.”
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    Sparky.

    1. Hey Sparky! Where the heck have you been? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving yourself. Post turkey, don’t ride too fast on your zoom-zoom-cycle! 😉

      1. I’m still here, been busy, and the blog is hit and miss. I only seem to write when the mood strikes me: sometimes dozens of times a week, sometimes not for days. But don’t worry, I’m always around…

        1. And for that, I’m grateful! 😉 I’ve loved reading about your travels since i met you back in May. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  12. I suppose its a case of “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings”.

  13. What a bright, insightful young man. He has his values in the right place and kudos to you as his mother for teaching him these values. Happy thanksgiving.

    1. Well shucks, I wish I could take the credit. Honestly, he is much more ethical than I am. He gives me hope for the future.

  14. Now that is one cool list by our guest blogger. I’ve never entirely bought the whole concept that one gets wiser as one gets older. Thanks for life. It keeps me alive.

    1. I know, right? This is why I threw away my list. I believe I will keep him. 😉

  15. […] You can read the whole list here. […]

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