I suppose a comment like this would surprise a parent, but not me.
Last night at my sister's house we all went around the table and said what we were thankful for.
My twins, as always, responded to this with the expected amount of propriety.
"I'm thankful for my mommy, daddy, Wii, and food" said Ben. Okay. I was pleased.
Always one to one-up her brother given the opportunity, Livi said "I'm thankful for my Mommy, daddy, my house, candy and Scott - including my boyfriend in the mix to gain extra points. I was on to her, but what the heck.
My 10 year old nephew says "I'm thankful for my dogs, my mom and dad, video games, food and movies." My sister nodded approval.
Her teenage daughter said "I'm thankful for life." Brevity is the hallmark of teenagers.
Then we came to Isabel. "I'm thankful for Asia."
"Excuse me?" Only a child of mine would say something like this.
"I'm thankful for Asia. If there weren't any Asia there's be a big hole in the ocean - Asia is HUGE. And we wouldn't have Chinese Food."
Maybe the girl makes a point. We all recognize the gift of obvious things; food, life, videogames, health. But isn't it nice sometimes to give thanks for things we would never consider? Maybe I'm thankful for Asia too. After all, I do love dumplings.
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