On the way up to Tahoe to celebrate Thanksgiving I pondered how I could start getting the girls to understand the gist of the holiday. It’s hard to explain gratitude of that amplitude to young children. I can get them to say thank you and please, but gratitude for the great things in life… that’s much harder.
I finally boiled it down to the bare essence of the notion and asked “What makes you really happy in your life?”
I have a feeling C was coached a bit at school, or she’s just too cute, because she instantly replied that she loved her sister and her family. Little L took longer to answer. In fact she took so long that I thought she wasn’t going to say anything.
Then she mumbled something around her pacifier.
I turned down the radio and asked her to repeat what she had said.
I heard the plop of the pacifier being pulled out of her mouth followed by her clear reply.
“Princess Baby. Princess Baby make me happy.” Then she nodded once definitively.
It’s her favorite book. We read it pretty much every night. She recites it along, points out her favorite pictures, and often requests that we call her Buttercup, Cupcake, or, obviously, Princess Baby.
I thought it was too sweet not to share, so I emailed Karen Katz, the author, to tell her about what makes my baby happy. I hope she’s as moved by the story as I am.