I am thankful

I am thankful for my parents who took excellent care of their children. They gave my brother, sister and I -a quality life.

My daughter has thanked me more than once for giving her, and her brother, a good childhood. She is a psychologist and hears way too much for this mother’s liking. But, a statement like that means a lot to a parent…when your children are pleased with something you did as a parent. You always wonder. The first time she said that to me was after a college class where the students were sharing “things”. She came home and hugged me and said she appreciated the abuse free, loving childhood where she and her brother were cared for and allowed to be children and then to grow up. What else could I say, but ‘you’re welcome’?

Sometimes adults don't give their children the gift of childhood.

Family is important and should be a place of safety...where you can be assured you are safe from criticism, abuse and neglect... and where you are loved.

Sometimes family members injure us beyond forgiveness. But, sometimes family members let unimportant things get in the way of loving each other.

My philosophy, and I have told my Sibs this, is that no family possession or property will ever separate my love from them. Even though I know that my brother is my parents favorite child...or is it my sister...or is it the current kitty cat or dog that lives with my parents... I know I am loved and cherished. Only kidding, Bloggers, they love us equally. However, the kitty cat thinks she is the favored one.

I am thankful for family.


  1. A childhood is the greatest gift a child can receive! Good job! :)

  2. Good job! Some day, I hope my children thank me too.

  3. Me too. I couldn't ask for a better one and it sure makes life sweet. But you are on to something here ... no matter how much love surrounds a family, cats rule ... There's just no getting around that ;)

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. What a great gift you gave your children! I hope mine will look back on their childhood fondly.


  5. Carol, You are right. Even though a child has many wants growing up, what will matter the most is the love and attention of his or her parent.

    Gail, I never expected for either of my children to feel that way but am glad they do.

    Joanne, Absolutely, if a cat lives in a house, the cat will rule. I promise because I have lived it.

    Elizabeth, I don't live in your house, but from reading your writing about what goes on in your household, your children are VERY happy and loved. I can tell.

  6. Well JW, another lovely inspiring post. I always feel we are a refelection of our parents, and I thank mine also for an untroubled childhood. My own daughters have been a joy...although Leith (a real tomboy and a goer did give me a few moments of unease... I found out much later they had a rule whereby they only told me what they felt I could handle....mmmm.) Recently they have both paid me a backhanded compliment with the words..."Yegods...I'm turning into my Mother!" What greater compliment can a Mum receive? x

  7. White Dove, When "my" words or phrases come out of my children's mouths...and they look surprised... that's totally funny. hee hee

  8. Healthy families produce healthy children. It sounds like you have a great deal to be thankful for.

    I'm thankful that I can relate!

  9. Great sentiments Teresa....I often hear my Mum and my Dad's voices coming out of ME!
    It can be a bit scary you know.



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