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Joy No. 40: Two thank-yous

When the little guy arrived home from school today I took a new tack. Instead of pumping him for information — how was your day? what did you do? what letter are you studying? who did you play with? — I started telling him about my day.

“I cleaned your bathroom,” I said.

“Thank you!” he said.

Wow, I thought. Let’s try this again. “And I vacuumed the house.”

“Thank you!” he said.

Somehow his earnest thanks made cleaning the house seem more meaningful than usual.

Bonus joy: autumn grasses at Sunriver, Oregon


One response to “Joy No. 40: Two thank-yous

  1. This brought tears to my eyes, remembering that communicative jewel of a boy I saw recently… He continues to amaze me and his growth gives me soul-deep joy!!!!! THANK YOU for your passionate parenting of that little babe I fell in love with so long ago!!!

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