Thanksgiving Time: Being Thankful For Where We Are

Today was Thanksgiving, and Koolma and Muse-Pa prepared a delicious meal that Cisco, Mr. Sweetie, and myself, all went to partake in. (Well, Sweetie mostly just chewed on some toys while we ate, but he was there to cheer us on!)

Later in the evening, as Cisco and I were trying to wrestle a sleepy Sweetie to bed, we began to talk about how fast our little fellow is growing up. He has learned to clap his hands together when something happens that he is particularly excited about, he gives high-fives, and he is on the verge of walking. He is learning more about the limits of his world (and he tests us frequently!), which is both a beautiful thing, and a sad thing, for me, at the same time.

Cisco reflected this sentiment, when he remarked on how it will be such a short time that Mr. Sweetie is a baby – a short time until he is too big to be held, or rocked to sleep, big enough to wiggle away from our tickle attacks, and (hopefully never) too big to be loved on and kissed all over. He will want more independence, of which I know we will be proud, but there will still be a part of both Cisco and I that has a very difficult time letting him go.

It has been quite a year for us, and we have experienced many tragic and trying times this past twelve months above and beyond the learning curve of our fresh parenthood. It has reminded us of the importance of everything from loving each other, to loving our family, to loving our little Sweetie. We have seen the ends of many things and the beginnings of many more – phases, frustrations, excitement, life – and I know that the rest of our little adventure holds much of the same in store for us. But it is a great thing to observe those nostalgic moments, moments that birth other moments of deep appreciation and thankfulness, and to let them resonate in the bones.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part, in small ways and big ones, of this time in our lives. What you do is appreciated, who you are is appreciated, and we are so thankful to have made such wonderful connections. Maybe, just like Mr. Sweetie will one day be too big, we will become too big for you, or you for us, but there will always be a grateful space in our hearts for the experience of you. Here’s to a beautiful holiday for everyone!

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? Do you make time to express your gratitude for the people and things in your life? Thank you so much for reading, and, if you feel like leaving a comment, please do so in the space below!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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