R is for rah rah (and redemption)
This may seem like a stretch for a gratitude post, but it isn't for me. It's not that I don't have enough R words to pull from (reading, recreation, risks, etc), but this sentiment speaks to me clearly today and I choose to be grateful for the opportunities.
You see, among the hats I wear around here one of them is head cheerleader. I am the rah rah leader for my kids, my husband, my friends and even myself when I can really tap into that. I have the halftime (down by 14) 'can do' speech wired, if I may say so myself.
But the part I choose to be grateful for is that I GET to be someone who encourages. I love that I see Anna's ability to read, even though she thinks she can't (simply because one word on the page is hard for her). "You can do that. No problem."
Or that I can play along with an observation Christopher may be questioning. "Great thinking, buddy. You are a smart cookie."
Or that Parker is sometimes reminded that he is the littlest one around here and not at all happy about it. "Big things come in small packages, little man. You are up to some great things."
Or that on those days when the husband is feeling the pressure and occasional defeat of providing for all of us, I can remind him that we have each other and we're really good. It's not lip service. "Go team, Go! Go, fight, win!" (Yo, you know you want to choreograph that number, don't you?!)
When we're feeling down, I am grateful for redemption and the opportunity to be the rah rah in my favorite people's lives. I'm the lucky one since I see their gifts and get to remind them. I appreciate that we can make mistakes or feel low and know that there is redemption. As Dorie says in Nemo, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."