“I find jar.”
He said it repeatedly, in his serious, emphatic way. And of course, the f’s and j’s are a bit hard to understand from a two-year-old’s little lips, so it took a few moments before I could interpret his sentence.
Context always helps. And we’d just read The Blessings Jar out loud for the third or fourth time. I finally realized that he’d gotten the gist of the story: find a jar, put little things in it that remind you of blessings in your life, and be thankful.
Or at least, he’d gotten the jar part.
And so he and his sisters improvised. I wasn’t willing to hand out glass Mason jars, considering my concrete floor and all, but they found big plastic measuring cups from their play kitchen and designated them their jars. And they raced around the house picking up anything and everything they deemed a blessing—mostly, toys that would fit in said measuring cups.
Maybe their application was a bit off, but the principle was there. “We’re finding blessings, Mommy!” my girls repeated excitedly as they bounced around. And in the process, at least a few toys were fished out from under the couch and behind the rocking chair, so Mommy was seeing the blessings in the blessings jars, too.
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In Colleen’ Coble’s book The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful, it’s a little girl named “Punky Grace” who is having a grumpy morning. Grammy’s solution was “the blessings jar” which ended up being filled with everything from a tree leaf to a bookmark as Punky Grace chronicled the blessings she was given throughout the day. And of course, being so busy looking for blessings chased her grumpies away.
It’s a simple children’s board book, but it’s memorable story shows little ones how to begin now—before they can even read or write—to begin counting the One Thousand Gifts.
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