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  1. I am thankful that it is beautiful outside, we can go to the park. I may be less thankful later, depending how dirty they get. ahha

  2. I am thankful for a lazy Sunday afternoon that I spent watching a movie with my daughter. She’s growing up so fast, but we have reached the season of life where her interests and mine are becoming similar. I’m enjoying it.

    Though I am saddened by the devastation bestowed upon Paris, I am also thankful that more people were not hurt or injured. It could have been so much worse.

  3. I am thankful for the elementary school staff in our small town.
    We had a 7 year old attack a teacher Friday. He bit her many times on the arms as she tried to subdue him. This happened as class was ending so many other children saw this happen…my grandson was one of them.
    Today as my daughter spoke of her concerns for her son’s safety (he was afraid to go back to school). The principal said that she and the counselor would be visiting each class to let the children talk about their fears.
    I am also very thankful for our rain. We are in drought again here in our part of Texas.

  4. I’m thankful for the rain we received, and thankful that my friend is no longer suffering and passed away with family and friends present or thinking about them (even though it’s very emotionally draining and hard for me right now).

  5. I am thankful for a working furnace right now. Our temperatures tanked to below zero the last three days, which is unusually cold for this time of year, so having a working furnace is definitely a blessing.

  6. I am thankful for the rain we had yesterday. I am thankful for the cool weather we are enjoying. I am thankful for the beautiful bouquet of flowers our niece sent us and thankful for the wonderful work she and her husband are doing with foster care and adoption.

  7. I am grateful that I got to spend the day at Chuck E Cheese with my grandson. It was an expensive battle to keep him in my life but worth every penny. He is my joy.

  8. I’m thankful that our oldest daughter and son-in-law could spend yesterday with us. One daughter was sick so we stayed home with her and, when they heard we were going to be at home, came over. We messed around for 3 hours trying to burn a slash pile, but a typical Oregon downpour quenched that idea so we made dinner and enjoyed each other’s company. I never take time with our children for granted–there’s been too many hard times in our past, and I’m thankful every time I see one of them.

  9. I am thankful for the beautiful weather we are continuing to have here in the mid-Atlantic. No need for central heat, just the gas fireplace some evenings.

  10. Becky, I realize that you are looking out for the best interest of your grandson. However, there is a flip side to this story. It may very well be that the little boy who bit the teacher has medical issues you are not privy to and was reacting to something in a way that was beyond his control. My daughter, whom is on the Autism spectrum, had meltdowns at school quite frequently at that age. She would become overwhelmed and react because of sensory issues in her environment. When she reacted, she had no control over her outburst.

    Perhaps this would b a good time to teach your grandson a lesson about tolerance and acceptance. There are many people in this world who are different and sometime they have medical issues you may not be able to see. They were created that way by God. As Christians, we should learn to love and respect others differences, even though we may not always understand them.

  11. I am thankful for this beautiful weather. My husband and I were able to get a free “date” by going on a hike this weekend. The weather was so warm we didn’t even need our coats. Very rare for Indiana in November.

  12. Hello one and all from Australia :D.

    Today I am thankful for wonderful friends who always think of my husband & I if they have an abundance of something, and ring us to see if we would like some. We are also thankful that when our friends have work and odd that needs doing, but due to work, family commitments, or lack of equipement are not able to do them, ring us and ask us to do them & pay us or trade food or plants with us.

    This helps us immensely as they know we are on pensions, renting, and are saving for our first home together, as we lost our home recently to greedy family members.

  13. The cooler weather. It has been such a long hot summer this year. I really dislike the heat. I wish we could move someplace cooler. Finally, it looks like the TX heat may be behind us for a while. Last weekend it was 92 here. Let’s hope the cooler weather is here to stay a while. To me it does not feel like ‘holiday’ weather when it is so warm.

  14. Hi Becky and I understand your daughters fear for her son’s safety and her son being traumatised by the experience and it is good that a counsellor is visiting each class too. I do hope if the child has a condition that the counsellor does explain the condition and how to manage it to parents and children too.

    I do agree with Rhonda that the child could well have had some medical issues or a condition that he or she could not control.

    My children went to a primary school that catered for special needs and usual students in their classes. I turned up to school and everyone had been evacuated from the class room as a little boy around the same age had a meltdown and was attacking the teacher with a chair. I knew that little boy and I used to babysit him when his parents were at work years before. He had a severe form of ADHD and other conditions and would regularly fly into uncontrollable rages, he unfortunately had no control over his behaviour and afterwards would be so sorry for his actions.

    They were in the process of getting a behavioural management team in to subdue him, when I said I would go in and calm him as he knew me. I managed to subdue him by talking to him quietly and calmly and he put down the chair, and came out of the class room with me holding my hand. This was only accomplished as he knew me, I knew his condition, and he trusted me. His parents arrived soon after as they were called to come to the school, they were so relieved when they saw him coming out of the class room with him holding my hand. My son’s had just changed schools and his parents were so surprised to see me after so many years, and so relieved that the situation had been controlled with no-one being hurt.

  15. I am thankful for the lovely rain and clouds we had in Phoenix the past two days. I am also thankful I could get in today to see my dentist for a bad tooth ache I developed this weekend. One last thing, I made a pot roast for dinner today and it turned out really well! I am so thankful that my cooking skills have improved and provided great positive feedback to cooking at home most of the time.

  16. I am thankful for the final diagnosis of my recent illness, which I got today from my follow up appointment with the surgeon. It was a problem that is NOT likely to recur, and which requires no diet changes or other lifestyle changes. And he is letting me skip the last few days of antibiotic, which I am pretty sure was making me feel quite weak and still sick. Such a relief!!

  17. Regardless of why this little boy had a break I am still very thankful in how it was handled.
    I am saying nothing against this child or his parents (and I don’t think my message sounds that way) because I don’t know the situation and, of course, the school can not share that kind of information.
    I don’t feel that I in any way shape or form pointed a finger at that child saying anything bad.
    My grandson was told that he didn’t know what was going on with this little boy at home. That this boy might have physical problems or emotional problems that we knew nothing about. He was told we aren’t to judge others by an episode, but by how they are every day.
    With that said it does not negate the fact that many children, my grandson included, were traumatized by what happened and that our little school handled it very well for ALL concerned.
    I am not sure what sounded like intolerance to you, but I assure you there was nothing of the kind intended. All I was trying to point out is that I was very thankful for a school staff that handled the problem well when it happened. And that when told some of the other children were frightened by what they had seen saw to it that their fears were dealt with as fast as possible.

  18. Hi Becky and I understand and I was not judging you at all or in any way. My point was simply that there was most likely underlying causes ( trauma at home, condition etc) for the child’s behaviour in the first place.

    I can understand how a little 7 year old would have been traumatised and rightfully so that your daughter was concerned about her son’s safety as any parent would be as that is a totally natural reaction to protect your child. It is very sad that he and the other children had to witness that at all.

    That being said it sounds as if the school controlled the situation well. In light of the situation it may also bring about changes in the rules and regulations so if any future incidences should happen with any other children that it minimises the exposure of the other children and hopefully injuries to staff.

    I do know that here in Australia they do have what is known as a behavioural management team in the schools with special needs children who are trained for these specific incidences. In light of the situation you have described they may adopt a similar strategy. The parents may want to bring this up at the meeting with the counsellor and school principal about how additional policies could be put in place to manage adverse behaviour by any child in the future to minimise the impact on other children.

    Hopefully the counsellor will be able to talk to the children one on one to make the children more at ease so the children are not so upset and disturbed by the incident.

    Love to both your daughter and grandson in light of the incidence that they have been through and I hope your grandson gets better soon and is more relaxed.

  19. Becky, my comment was never meant to be judgmental either. I’m sorry you took it that way. I too am grateful that school has offered to help the children deal with what they saw. I am also grateful that your family used this opportunity to teach your grandson tolerance of others differences. In my experience though (and yes, I’ve had far too many negative experiences with this through my daughters disability), all to many parents do not.

  20. Rhonda and Lorna,
    My first grandchild is Bi-polar with many, heavy emotional problems. He is now 23 and his life has been a tremendous struggle for him and us…because we love him.
    His school did not deal well with his problems.
    His family lives in a large city where he was just another “problem child” that they didn’t have time to deal with. My daughter, his mother, often spent the day at school with him. She was a nurse and had to work nights to be available for him and the school.
    The stress broke her physically.
    My thankful message was because my family, and I, have been on the other end of my story. Our situation was not dealt with as well as this situation was by our little school.
    I was then and am now very thankful for how it was handled.
    You may not have meant to sound judgmental, but I can assure you it sounded that way to me. I am sorry that I misunderstood your concern for us. I thank you for your further explanation…it lightened my day.

  21. As I’ve said before, it is very difficult to read tone of voice. I’m glad we could settle this miscommunication. There is too much anger and hatred in the world. We don’t need to contribute to it.

  22. Amen to that.
    Please understand I was never angry…just confused.
    I, also, am glad we kept communicating until we all understood.
    Thank you.

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