Each day at our evening meal, Shonnie, Gracelyn and I participate in a ritual that provides an opportunity for each of us to say at least one thing that happened that day for which we are grateful. The following is excerpt from our conversation during last Saturday’s ritual.
Gracelyn (to Shonnie and Bruce during her turn to express her gratitude): You are good friends. I’m a good friend too.
(Shonnie begins to weep quietly.)
Bruce (to Gracelyn): What kind of face does Mama have?
Gracelyn: Sad face
Shonnie: I’m crying because my heart was touched by what you said, and I’m feeling really grateful.
Bruce (to Gracelyn): Not all tears are sad tears. Sometimes you can have tears of happiness or joy or gratitude.
Gracelyn (to Shonnie): Are there signs in your tears?
Gracelyn: What are they saying?
Shonnie: They’re saying how grateful I am that you are in my life. There aren’t enough words to say how grateful I am or say how much I love you.
Gracelyn: You love me as much as the universe!