Thankful Thursday is a weekly column where I post what I am thankful about that week, and you have the opportunity (via your blog linked into this post OR via a comment on this blog) to share your thankful thought for the week.

After a two-week hiatus from Thankful Thursday, I figured it was time to get back to it.

Today, I am thankful that kids are so darn forgiving. Being that I have felt extraordinarily crummy all week, I haven’t exactly been up for nomination of Parent of the Year. But Ali has seemed completely unfazed. She is still so happy to see me, and nonplussed when I am not my usual perky self.

Today, I fell asleep while Ali was playing. Not deeply, just dozed. I couldn’t stay awake.

You know, that “heartburn” is bad stuff.

Anyway, she was so kind to continue playing, in the room with me, chattering so that I could be confident in my semi-consciousness that she was fine. Every now and then I would hear her tell herself very matter-of-factly, “Mommy taking a nap.”

So I am also thankful that I have a mostly non-mischievous toddler with which I can doze off and feel confident that she is playing quietly.

And one more thankful note: I am thankful when God rather hilariously gives me an example for which I can say, “I’m not as bad of a parent as I thought I was!!” Here’s one that I had the other day:

Ashley and I were feeding the girls in the food court at the mall when Ali started saying, “Watch that!! See TV!!”. I was looking all around to figure out what she was looking at, when I finally spotted a mother and toddler a couple of tables over. The toddler was younger than Ali – maybe 18 months or so. He was sitting in his stroller, where his mother had a DVD Player lashed to his tray, mere inches from his face. He was, of course, completely glued to it.

I would have taken a picture, but it was just too sad. That Mommy and child needs to rest in peace, and anonymity.

We couldn’t help but laugh, and give ourselves a pat on the back for never having thought to have a stroller with a DVD-Player as an accessory.

(errr. . . if any of you have ever strapped a DVD player to your toddler’s stroller, please forgive me for taking comfort in my mothering skills from this!)

So to summarize, I am thankful that kids are forgiving when we’re crummy parents, that I have a predictable and non-mischievous toddler, and that I’m not always as bad of a parent as I feel that I am. Phew!!

OK – your turn!! What are you thankful for today? Leave it in a comment, or if you have a blog, write a post on your blog and link it in with Mr. Linky (at the bottom of this post), and you can have the pleasure of welcoming my wonderful readers to your site!

To use Mr. Linky to link to your blog, just type in your name in the first slot, then copy and paste the URL of your blog post in the second one and click “Enter” – then there will be a link to your post from my blog! ***be sure to put the link to your actual “Thankful Thursday” post – not just your main blog URL.***

2 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday is Back!!

  1. Oh my! That IS so sad – about the DVD baby, I mean. That mother does not realize all the precious moments she’s missing out on. Sure, it might be more convenient to distract the baby while she eats, but those distractions can be quite precious and entertaining.

    That’s wonderful that Ali was willing to let you nap! I would think that’s pretty rare for an only child. I think that goes to show what a good mommy you are that she feels secure enough to play while you nap, and is creative enough to entertain herself. Good job!

  2. I am thankful that I got to spend some time Tuesday with Rachel, Ali and Chris. It is always so much fun just to be in their home. I do wish Rachel feels better and is in my prayers. I love Ali saying mommy taking nap, how cool. LYB, kitty

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