“I don't want that plate! It’s broken. I had it last time. Give it to someone else!”
I felt frustrated, but I also wondered, “How can I help us remember the love for family that these plates once symbolize?”
And so one Thursday I announced, “Today is a very special day. From now on, Thursday dinners are going to be called ‘Chipped Plate Thursday Thanks’ and whoever gets the plate with a chip in it, will be showered with statements of love and gratitude by the rest of the family.”
A look of delight crossed everyone’s face. Suddenly the broken, unwanted, chipped plate became something special, something wanted, something valuable.
There are many things I love about this gratitude ritual.
- It teaches our children that things that aren't perfect can be better than ideal…that something broken can become a gift and all it takes is a new perspective or reframe.