I am grateful that Smarty can go across the street and play with her friend who is a year older but still very much a kid as well. They jump on a trampoline, play basketball, play board games or do something creative together. Yes, occasionally they do play Minecraft, but it is not something that consumes all of their time. I am grateful that my daughter does not care about the latest fad and does not watch any tween programs on TV. I am proud that she does not hesitate to say that she is a nerd.
I am grateful that our 12 year old is still a kid physically. She has no interest in boys, and she hates being touched by anyone except her family. That does create certain challenges with other girls who like close contact, but she is very direct telling everyone that she does not enjoy hugs and other physical manifestations of affection. I know that it's all going to change once the nature works its magic, but... I am not rushing that moment. I am really enjoying this interesting age at the end of childhood and beginning of adolescence when Smarty studies controversial political topics one minute and plays with her dolls the next. I kind of want to freeze and enjoy this time, because I know that it's going to go away eventually. But right now I just want to be grateful.
What are you grateful for today?