What This Big Kid Mom Is Thankful For

Cynthia Dermody
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boy playing hockey

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Time is flying by way too fast. So, so fast. Flashback six years ago from tomorrow. Me sitting at my aunt's dinner table trying to soothe a screaming infant (he was always colicky) in one hand while trying to shovel stuffing and mashed potatoes into my mouth with the other. Yes, I soon became a master at cutting food with my fork with that one.

Thanksgiving dinners are different now, much more sane. My son and his little cousins all sit at the "kiddie table" by themselves now, since there's never enough room for all of us at the table at any of my relatives' houses. There's much more fooling around than eating going on over there, but at least mommy gets to overeat in peace, and for that I am SO thankful!

Other reasons I'm thankful for my big, beautiful, boisterous big kid:

-- He is SO active that on other days of the year, I barely sit down all day, burning more calories than I would if I went to the gym.

-- He sleeps till about 7:30 a.m. now -- a far cry from his 4:30 a.m. wake-ups the first year and a half of his life.

-- He dresses himself in the morning before school!

-- His little brain is vacuuming up so much knowledge and skills in school that it blows my mind on a daily basis.

-- He reminds me of my husband more and more each day.

-- The fundamentals of compassion and courtesy are finally starting to take root. The other day he offered to give his unfinished cup of lemonade to his sister (it's a start).

-- He takes rules seriously (though he still breaks them).

-- His bedtime prayers are so pure and from the heart they make me cry.

Tell me why you're thankful for your Big Kid? And Happy T-Day!

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