We are sitting at the kitchen table, eating turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread…and crunching on plump, red grapes.
“Grapes make me smile,” my 3-year-old suddenly announces quite matter-of-factly. And then she grins.
I laugh and look over at Tim, who is loading the dishwasher, to make sure that he heard it…and then I laugh some more. A happy, soulful kind of laugh. Because it is so very good to live here.
You see, there are a lot of things that make us smile in our house. Eating noodles and ice cream and blueberries (not necessarily together, mind you). Riding bicycles. Making sticker cards and peanut butter balls. Reading books. Playing in the sandbox. Watching the rain pour down. Basking in the sun.
When I say that I want my girls to be happy, I mean that I want them to be content – optimistic – grateful – able to see all the good in themselves and in the world. Some might prefer to call it joy, but I don’t want to get caught up in semantics.
Stop for a minute and think about this. Is there anyone in your life that radiates peace and positivity, even in the midst of hardships? It’s not a fake cheerfulness though or an obnoxious exuberance. It’s this genuine light that just emanates from their soul…and wraps around everyone that they meet. I know people like that…and I want that for my kids.
I’m hoping that they choose happiness – today and every day. (Happiness is a choice, after all).
P.S. I’m working on this too, by the way. I’m striving to wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen…
YOUR TURN: How do you teach your children how to be happy/content?