This week on Thankful Thursdays, I am grateful to have a guest post from Kristina Cappetta of the Mommy Rundown. Here is her story of Gratitude:
A few weeks ago my daughters each had a Halloween costume parade. Each parade lasted about seven minutes long. My three-year-old did three laps around her pre-k classroom while my five-year-old did two walks around the hallways of her elementary school with her Kindergarten class. Each one waved and smiled as if they were riding a float in one of those famous holiday parades.
Naturally, I snapped countless photos and took videos. I also looked around and realized there were only a handful of parents there snapping along with me. While I was happy to be there for my kids, I was also sad for those who didn’t have a parent there to watch them.
While the feelings of happiness and sadness battled inside of me, a sense of gratefulness surge within.
At that moment I was extremely grateful to be there and share those moments with my girls.
I thought about it and realized how thankful I am not to work outside the home right now. This allows me the opportunity to attend these “small” events. They mean the world to my kids and to me.
I often find myself complaining about having to play another round of “school” or do another puzzle or have another Barbie wedding. Instead, I should really be thankful that I have the time in my day to do these things. I know there are so many other parents would kill to have so much extra time to spend with their kids.
Sometimes when you don’t have a paycheck to be thankful for, you can get down on yourself and forget there are other things to appreciate besides money. In a world where self-worth is often associated with the size of your bank account, everyday things and so-called miniscule moments often collect dust on the shelf of gratefulness.
I often forget to be thankful that I can stay home at the moment and concentrate on my children. If I was working outside the home there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t be able to go to those Halloween parades or I would only be able to go to one. If you have more than one child, you know how well that would have gone over at home!
“Little” things like Halloween parades or holiday concerts are really the biggest ones of all in life. Sometimes you just need to take a step back to realize it.
Kristina Cappetta is an Emmy nominated TV News Producer turned freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Besides writing for various sites, she hosts her own blog, The Mommy Rundown, where she shares everything from funny parenting stories and advice to product reviews and giveaways. When she’s not writing, Kristina likes to read and catch up on her DVR shows! Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!