When Kennedy brought home her backpack on the last day of school before Christmas break, there was a lone piece of paper with a paragraph written in her handwriting, labeled "Thankful For". As I began reading, tears welled up in my eyes. I was so proud of how she expressed the things that mattered most to her. I also experienced a sweet feeling of understanding that she has for her baby brother's heart defects and how such a complex situation can be made simple in her eyes. This is what she wrote.
Thanksgiving is a time to think about the things we are thankful for. First of all, I am grateful for my baby brother's heart surgery. The surgery makes his heart get better. The heart needs to grow bigger and stronger. I love him very much. I'm also glad for my home. My home keeps me safe from danger and bad weather. Last, I love my family. Kamy, Kimble,(Kolby...written on the rough draft but missing in the final copy) and Keaton. All my family is special that I could almost cry with joy because I love them so much. Thinking of all the things that make me happy makes me thankful everyday.