I have been thinking about gratitude lately…
Choosing to be grateful is not always the easiest choice for adults and yet, we as parents, expect our children will be grateful for all that we provide and all that they have.
I can’t count how many times I have either heard other parents say to their children or have said to my children, “You should be grateful for what you have…there are a lot of kids in this world that would give anything to have what you have.”
Have you ever caught yourself saying this to your kids?
I bet you have…
I recently was reminded about not only the act of being the recipient of gratitude but also giving it.
My 9 yo and I were at a drive up window and there were two gals, one who took our money and the other handed us our food…both had scowls on their faces, seemed angry at the world and did not seem as if they wanted to be there in the least.
I promptly thanked them both gals with a smile and told them to have a great rest of their day, hoping that a smile and a nice gesture would be a bright spot in their day.
The gal that took my money said nothing back and the gal that gave us our food said, “thanks, you do the same” but it was not heartfelt…there was no emotion, it felt like she was saying it because she felt like she had to.
After driving off, my son said, “Mom, they were really rude!”
I said “maybe, but maybe they are just having a really bad day.”