The Gratitude Challenge–Day 15

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When I was a child, I used to skip school a lot. Well, not really skip it. I have allergies and I used to use them as an excuse to stay from school because I got to go to my Grandmother Boone’s house. School was boring. Grandma’s house is where the real learning happened.

I loved going to Grandma Boone’s house. She is the person who taught me to cook and bake. We would make homemade cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, bread, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and the list could go on. We would sit and she would try to teach me to crochet. It was always a struggle because she is left-handed and I’m right-handed. When I learned to embroider, we would sit and chat while working on different projects.

And the photo albums! I love to sit and listen go through the albums with them listening to the stories from when my grandparents were younger. How they met and married, my grandmother’s job at Sears before she met my grandfather, what their childhood was like.

Taking walks to look at Grandma’s flowers. I learned more about plants and flowers walking with Grandma than I did in my science classes.

Driving the tractor with Grandpa.

Going fishing too.

Family dinners.

Playing with my cousins.

Swinging from the weeping willow tree.

Eating rhubarb straight from the garden

Picking apples

Playing dress up in Grandma’s clothes

I learned the importance and blessings of family at a young age, and I have had a childhood that many children miss out on in today’s busy society.

People are becoming so afraid that their children are going to miss out on some experience that they themselves are missing out on one of the most important things that they can give themselves and their children….Family!

Family.

Family is important. Next to your relationship with Christ, it should be the most important thing in your life, but we get so caught up in the rush to get ahead that we push family to the background. It is something that we assume will always be there so there is time for that later, and then before we know it that time has passed and our children are grown and too busy to even call.

Family though is where so much of our learning takes place even more than in the classroom or it used to be. Family is where we first learn to speak. Our siblings and our cousins become our first friends. We learn about life from our families, both the good and the bad. We learn about who we are and where we came from. We learn about who we want to be and who we don’t want to be.

Our families mold us. They complement us. They support us in our dreams and are there for us when times get tough.

Don’t forget. Teach the importance of family to your children.

Activity:

Make some time for your family today. Call your grandparents or go and see them if you live close enough. Write a letter to one of your cousins. Take some time out to play with your children.

Journal prompt:

What are some of your favorite childhood memories? What are some of the things that you have learned from your family?

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