Feeling Grateful

My household has been a whirlwind this past month.  Both of my children participate in fall activities that culminate in November.  I threw two birthday parties.  I trekked down to Atlanta for a fabulous #ASHA12 experience.

How easy it is to focus on all the busyness of life—the tasks, the schedules, the mounting laundry.  When really it’s time to sit back, relax and take a moment to give thanks for all our days offer.

  1.  Small hands:  One of my most favorite aspects of working with the preschool and Kindergarten crowd is that when I pick them up from the classroom they so frequently tuck their little hand into mine.  Tiny, warm and chubby—it’s like holding a smile.
  2. Hugs:  I’ve got a little guy I discharged a few years ago that will still dash out of line to give me a hug and say “Hi, Mrs. Lewis!” regardless of who is around.  What a great pick me up!
  3. Giggles:  I saw that laughter stat again recently; toddlers laugh 400+ times a day and adults only 15.  How very lucky to be in a profession that regularly exposes me to giggle fits and keeps my own levels high.
  4. The #SLPeeps:  A common lament is that computers/media have decreased our opportunities for personal interaction, but to see the online #SLPeeps community come together in person is to experience the best kind of contradiction.  Whether on a personal or professional level, and most often both, the support of these speechies is definitely a reason for thanksgiving.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful, love filled holiday and safe travels!

Take a moment to let us know what you are most thankful for this year.


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  1. ndnspeechmom

    I totally agree with this post, although I wasn’t there at ASHA I felt the connection! I also love the way you described small hands.

    1. admin

      Thanks Skye! When I see your little ones, I get nostalgic for that age. (then my daughter asks if we can go shopping for boots and I think this age is pretty great too!) Will we see you in Chicago? Kim

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