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Gratitude Letter to Gavin

By Carisa Carlton

Day Five of my “30-Days of Gratitude” journey

September 9, 2017

 

Dear Gavin,

 

I always wondered how I got so lucky to be your mom. You are happiness to me.

 

I am grateful for your sense of humor. I am grateful that you make me crack-up-laughing (almost) every time I see you. I am grateful for our conversations that span everything from bathroom humor to black holes. I am grateful for your wit, your intelligence, and your overall brilliant mind. I am grateful for your curiosity. I am grateful for your skill and ability to form logical arguments better than anyone I know.

 

I am grateful for every step of life with you. I am grateful for the lifelong memories you gave me in Tanzania, Uganda, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Lubbock, Bordeaux, Paris, Calgary, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Tokyo, Papua, Frankfurt, and along every desolate road we travelled. I am especially grateful for the lives you touch with your laughter and smile. And I am so grateful to be your mother.  

 

I am grateful for the letters you write to me. I am grateful for the videos you produce. I am grateful for the connection you maintain with Nanny.

 

I am grateful for all the pets you brought into my life and/or begged me to bring into our family. I am grateful for the times we swam with dolphins together. I am grateful for the times we rode horses on the Bali beach together. I am grateful for the times we played with monkeys together. I am grateful for our elephant rides together. I am grateful that you were able to spend 12 years with your best buddy, Kiko. I am grateful that I was able to watch you love animals. I am grateful that you care for your cat as you promised.

 

I am grateful for the opportunity to watch you play football. I am grateful for your will to make it through Hell Week. I am grateful for the opportunity to watch you having fun and being a part of a team. I am grateful for your passion for learning offense and defense strategies, and analyzing plays. I am grateful for you educating me about your generation’s values and needs.

 

I am grateful to have your love. I am grateful for the opportunity to help you become a better person than either of your parents.

 

I am grateful to see you working hard in school. I am grateful for all the kitchen science experiments. I am grateful for your limitless creativity. I am grateful for the opportunity to guide you in a life of happiness and fulfillment.

 

I am grateful for the opportunity to watch you grow. I am grateful that you are becoming more independent. I am grateful you have the desire and passion to drive a car, move out, go to college, make money, and live your dreams.

 

I am grateful you were born on my favorite holiday. I am grateful you survived those first months in the hospital. I am grateful that you are a talented writer and able to express yourself with me. I am grateful you are doing things that are tough.

 

I am grateful for the “homo sapiens” jokes. I am grateful, too, that you know me and that you recognize my mistakes so that you don’t repeat them.

 

I am grateful that you, just by being you, gave me the courage to pursue my own dreams. I am grateful that everyday, you are the reason I want to get out of bed and try my best. I am grateful your positive energy blesses my life.

 

I am grateful that you taught me the meaning of love and showed me what happiness is all about. And I am grateful for every moment I have ever spent with you. I am grateful for you just the way you are.

 

I thank God for you.

Mom

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