Bam! Gratitude lessons from a child

It was Thanksgiving in Canada yesterday. 

I’m grateful for the combination of creative solitude and family celebration I enjoyed over the weekend.

I’m also grateful for past blogs to turn to after I used the creative solitude for other purposes, and the family celebration was way to fun to interrupt to write.

The boy I wrote about in this post from last year has grown up and he no longer follows this practice. I miss it! But no matter. He taught me a timeless lesson during that brief delightful phase of his childhood.


Monday evening is the regular library time for a father and a small boy. Those two are the highlight of my week.

At the time of their visit, I work in the room that houses the book drop. The murmur of their voices and the scraping sound of a step-stool being pulled into position comes to me through the slot. The child’s feet climb up one step on the stool and  another as he prepares for his book return ritual.

“Thank you, book. Good-bye,” he says to the first book. He pushes it through the slot. “Bam!” he shouts.

He performs this small ceremony for every book. He returns 10 to 15 books, on average, so his process takes some time. If there are people waiting behind him, he doesn’t adjust his pace; he savours his moment.

I stop whatever I’m doing and savour his moment too. I smile widely.

This child shows me:

  1. He respects and cherishes books.
  2. He expresses gratitude.
  3. He knows how to “be here now.”
  4. He celebrates each moment with a Bam!

Some lessons for all of us, from a child.

Bam!

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I’m also grateful for chocolate.

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on October 9, 2018, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Gratitude, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love that the library was a routine for this boy and his father. And his joy in books is happiness through and through.

  2. I love that story. Definitely a good one to recycle

  3. What a beautiful story – made me catch my breath. Such sincerity and beauty in that simple routine. I love books, and there’s something really magical about being grateful to an inanimate object – something playful, innocent, profound – who knows what or who is listening! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Harula x

  4. It’s great the second time around. Obviously, you have had a fulFILLing Thanksgiving!

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