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Mom Takes Notes: What I'm Thankful For 

click to enlarge ELISA JÄRNEFELT
  • Elisa Järnefelt

One of my favorite things about being the parent of a 2-year-old is being able to witness my daughter paying attention to the smallest details and expressing joy about them. It's contagious. If you had asked me a few years ago what I was thankful for, my list would have probably taken a long time to compile, and it would have been short. Not because I only had few things to be grateful for, but because I had started to think that the answer to this question had to be, somehow, grand. I had forgotten that the seemingly small things can be magnificent, too. This season, looking through my daughter's eyes, I've relearned what to be thankful for:

  • waffles for breakfast
  • that one avocado seed that sprouted
  • the sight and sound of every fire truck
  • garbage truck days
  • figuring out a good hiding place in hide-and-seek
  • having a favorite book
  • walking on crunching leaves
  • drawing monsters
  • petting sheep
  • setting up the bird feeder
  • memorizing the words of songs
  • learning to pedal a bicycle
  • learning when to say sorry
  • finding the moon in the sky.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Elisa Järnefelt

Elisa Järnefelt

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Elisa Järnefelt is a South Burlington-based illustrator and writer originally from Finland. She enjoys telling complex stories with seemingly simple drawings. Her illustrated column about parenthood appears monthly in Kids VT. You can see more of her drawings at elisajarnefelt.com... more

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