One way of expressing kindness is by expressing gratitude.
Anytime we think we don’t need to thank someone for something they’ve said or done that meant something to us, we do them a disservice.
My husband and I have been gifted with daily gratitude each time we take care of our grandson during our daughter and son-in-law’s work week. We have a routine: our daughter drops off our grandson and all other items needed for his day with us and as she gets into her car she always says, “Thank you.”
Our son-in-law picks up our grandson after a grueling day of work outside and after securing our grandson into the backseat of his truck, he says, “Thanks you guys.”
We’ve been caring for our grandson a few days a week since early August and now with September coming to a close the routine is pretty much set in stone but what isn’t set in stone, what is always fresh and affirming, is that our grandson’s parents bend over backwards to express their gratitude for what we’re doing to enable them to go to work and not have to worry about the care their son is receiving.
Big deal, right?
It is absolutely a big deal. We thoroughly enjoy the time we spend with our grandson – it is such a privilege we have been given – and we enjoy seeing his parents each caregiving day. Their expressions of gratitude never get old; every time they say “Thank you” I am filled with warm fuzzies that carry me through the day and the night. Such delightful adult children.
4 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays”
September 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm
Your grandson is a charmer! And you are so right about expressing thanks & gratitude for the big and little things in our lives.
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September 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm
He is at that. Having an attitude of gratitude is a healthy way to live, to be sure. All our kids are great in that way.
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September 29, 2017 at 7:22 am
Expressing our thanks is so important for healthy relationships. Derek always thanks me for doing his laundry…it’s so cute. Speaking of cute…I just want to squeeze those little cheeks, Irene. Your grandson is such a cutie!
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September 29, 2017 at 7:38 am
Delightful, Jill. And although I’m quite biased, I have to agree with your assessment of our grandson. I loves him so.