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    “I’m just sooooo sad” has been a constant refrain in our house for the last week or so. No matter what is happening, my 3 year old feels the need to express:

    “I’m just sooo sad I don’t get to watch another show.”

    “I’m just sooo sad I have to eat my beans.”

    “I’m just sooo sad I can’t have a pirate ship.”

    “I’m just sooo sad Daddy has to go to work.”

    “I’m just sooo sad my cousins can’t come today.”

    I’m just sooo sad I have some ice cream.”

    Yes, that last one is real. That’s the point we’ve gotten to around here, everything is a cause for being “sooo sad”, even when it’s no cause at all.

    So yesterday I decided to take charge of the situation. I explained that we’re here on Earth to have joy and happiness, and that there were some ways that we could do that.

    #1 Get out in nature.

    #2 Be grateful.

    #3 Serve other people.

    I decided that we’d tackle #1 and 2 concurrently, and we suited up and went for a walk. Z was to look for anything she was grateful for, and take a picture of it.

    So here, for your edification, are the things for which 3 year old Z is grateful. (There would doubtless have been more, but the camera ran out of juice.)

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    Our car, “Cool Car”.

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    A dumpster. I have no idea why, but really, why not? (I think really this shows her gratitude for being able to take pictures.)

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    Her lion Mimi, who helps her to be brave.

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    The sun.

    On the way home Z told me that finding things that she was grateful for did make her more happy. So you’ve got a 3 year old’s word for it, and why would she lie? Head out on a gratitude walk and tell usĀ  how it goes!

    (I’ll post on our service attempts another time. But just so you know, the 3 pronged attack does seem to be working.)

    4 Responses to “Taking a gratitude walk”

    1. Hilary says:

      Maryanne, you’re awesome! Z and A are two lucky little ladies. Can you come over and be my mom?? :-)

    2. Marie says:

      Great idea! That was some good, patient mothering. Good teaching moment created or found and utilized by you. Yea, Maryanne.

    3. Brandy says:

      I went for a gratitude walk last night, and I’m so glad I did :) I was a little cranky (the dinner I had made was not a success, and while I’m used to ruining my own dinner from time to time, ruining Joey’s is a new experience…), but when we started our stroll, I looked up into the dark sky and the stars almost literally jumped out at me. The Big Dipper. Casseopia. Orion. Smudgy collections of stars and bright solitary ones. A low amber waxing moon. I felt my breath catch, and I was so grateful for the wonder of nature.

      Thank you for the idea Maryanne :)

    4. Hilary says:

      Oh man, what a great way to tackle that.
      I would probably consider just sticking them in the tub and turning on the shower….