The other day Sawyer was crunching cereal out of his Mickey Mouse bowl when suddenly he put down his spoon and exclaimed in an ecstatic voice that only a three year old could muster, “MOMMY!!!!!  LOOK!!!!!!  HERE ARE MICKEY MOUSE’S EARS!!!!!!”

Admittedly, this baffled me.  I had no idea why he would be so excited about seeing Mickey Mouse’s ears in the bowl he has been eating out of for approximately one year.

Then I realized he had been eating out of the bowl for a year but JUST NOW saw that it was shaped like Mickey Mouse.

Oh, is he ever my son…

Sometimes I can’t see the forest for the trees either.  I catch myself going through the motions.  It’s “Groundhog’s Day” every day.

For the record, I have never, not even once, seen what I am supposed to see in those “visual puzzle” posters that were all the rage years back.  I could stare for hours and still never see anything but a bunch of speckles.  When others would look at it for even two seconds and exclaim “Oh, yeah – look!  It’s Mt. Rushmore!”, I would still be trying to focus on the middle and let my eyes shift out of focus in a desperate attempt to see what they saw as well.

I so often can’t see what’s right in front of me and truth be told, this little quirk of mine is one I absolutely can’t stand.  I am working on changing it but old habits die hard.

But the moment the lightbulb goes off and a connection is made?  Oh, my.  I live for that.  It’s the single most reason I became a teacher.  Those little lightbulbs.

Mine included.  I will never stop learning.

“Did you know this, mama?  Did you know that my cereal bowl is shaped like Mickey Mouse?”  he excitedly asks with a gleam in his eye.  He waits with baited breath.  He is longing to be my teacher.

“Sawyer!  No, I had not noticed that before!  Oh my, you are like a little detective – I wonder how many other things you’ll discover today!” I replied.

His chest puffed in pride as he wallowed in the fact that he had discovered something his mother hadn’t.

May we all be blessed with seeing what is right in front of us today. A messy house but yet, still a house that doesn’t have a dirt floor.  An energetic youngster that depletes energy but yet, one that is healthy and is able to run, play, and giggle.  A flawed spouse that may not be perfect but yet a spouse who loves you for who you are right at this moment.

The blessings are endless.  They are right in front of us – if we choose to see them.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

What is something you are incredibly thankful for today?

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