At 3, Thankfulness is All About Perspective

Little boy and girl holding hands and twirling

About a week ago, I started asking my nearly three-year-old twins what they were thankful for. I got a lot of blank stares and had to explain a few times what “thankful” meant, but eventually, I thought I had a breakthrough.

The kids and I were sitting on the kitchen floor having our nightly snack and I asked them again what they are thankful for. My daughter says, “You! And for twirling with Brother!”

My son replies, “Yeah, I like twirling with Sissy.” Then he says, “I thankful for Daddy.”

My heart melted. I was so proud! These kids understood the importance of being thankful for family.

Then I asked, “What else are you thankful for?”

My daughter replied, “The cabinet.”

Er. OK.

Then it hit me. They were just looking around and telling me they were thankful for the first things they saw. But that’s alright. It’s good to not take anything for granted.

Personally, I’m thankful I rated higher than the cabinet.

Happy Thanksgiving!

– Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health System and adoptive parent of multiples

1 Response to “At 3, Thankfulness is All About Perspective”


  1. 1 Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Love this!!!


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