Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker (http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-Friday/) who thought why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, just five minutes of focused writing.
This week’s prompt is GRATFUL. It resonated because lately I’ve bemoaning the fact how ungrateful people have become … myself included. You hardly ever hear a “thank you” and the more you get, the more you want.
Lo and behold, what happens?
I received a “letter” from my 18 year old grandson Wednesday. He had a class assignment to write a letter to three people — and I was one of the ones he chose. It was a “thank you” and “I’m so grateful” letter … just in time for Lisa Jo’s prompt.
I am going to dispense with the clock this week and let my grandson speak …
“I was assigned a task in English class where I am supposed to write letters to people, and I chose you to be one of those people, as I saw it as an excellent opportunity to personally thank you.
“Mom had me at an early age, and both you and Grandma are at least partly responsible for my upbringing. Grandma always spoiled me and you always simply hung out, which was perfect as far as I was concerned. I grew up always thinking you two were the all-knowing problem solvers.
“I have always been inspired by you. You are wise, laid back, intelligent and friendly. Your connections spread very far, as everyone always mentions you upon hearing the last name “Siccardi”. Perhaps my love of writing is largely inspired by yours, though I know not for sure. What I do know is that I always would brag about you owning your own newspaper, though it is saddening to say that newspapers are disappearing. News in general will always be in demand, fortunately enough.
“Before I allow myself to digress, know that I’m beyond happy that you were my ‘unfortunately-fortunately’ grandfather and I wouldn’t trade you or Grandma for any others. Your love for me has been unconditionally persevering, and I owe you my undying gratitude for that.
“Thank you for doing whatever it was you did and keep doing, because it has had a hugely positive effect on me. Thank you for loving me and taking care of me when Mom couldn’t. Thank you for being the best grandparent a person — at least me — could ever have. I love you Grandpa and I love you Grandma, wherever you may be right now. Again, thank you — both of you.”
That’s gratitude. And although it was an assignment, I was an unsuspecting recipient. It made me appreciate how the little consistent things seem to make the greatest impressions. It made me grateful for my grandson … and my other 18, soon to be 19 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. I have been blessed.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If you begin to release past hurts and pains, then you’ll experience the joy and freedom God intends for you to have.