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Anneke and Hans Learn About Thankfulness

The setting is a little village nestled against the dunes by the North Sea in Holland. As the story begins

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Ma and Pa wrap everything in plastic bags recycled from shopping trips, and the family climbs on their bikes and heads over to the tables set up for the sale. Many other families are already there setting out their donations to be rummaged through. The prices on everything are kept low so buyers will be able to afford what they truly need.

Anneke and Hans feel thankful, energetic, and positive having items to share with neighborhood boys and girls, and they enthusiastically go off chasing papers on the playground that are escaping up in mini wind funnels.

Ma and Pa notice Anneke and Hans skipping around on the pavers and comment that they are proud of their enthusiasm generated by giving to others. It gives the parents pause to reflect that sharing and being thankful are positive experiences. They are glad the kids are having this opportunity to learn that it feels good to give; to be able to share.

Slowly the morning winds down; the rummage sale's been a success. The family pedals home and gathers around the table for lunch of ham and cheese, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers on buttered buns.

Before eating, they take time to join hands for a few moments of silent meditation, and together say this prayer of thankfulness and appreciation for what they have, and how good it feels to share:

"Our family together, joined hand in hand
Gives thanks for all we have to share
And may we remember this blessing each day
And how important it is to care."

Article by Susan Helene Kramer; the characters in this story are fictional, but the setting is true to life.


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