Of all the wonder-full quotes from A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ books, this one is perhaps my favourite. Although I will admit that for most of my life I didn’t truly ‘get’ the wisdom that was being offered to us. It seemed silly, and yet wasn’t funny. It also seemed non-sensical. and I’ve always been in favour of making sense, so this little quote just didn’t do it for me. However, now it makes perfect sense and it makes me laugh no matter how many times I see it. What’s the difference? Well…
Earlier in life, I expressed a lot of gratitude. I was always grateful to this person and that person, grateful for this, grateful for that. Much of it was worth being grateful for. I never went to bed hungry. I had a warm house (and I lived in a cold country) My mother was alive! I had a few friends whose mother had died, so I was very grateful that my mother hadn’t died and grateful she was in the kitchen cooking the dinner and in the laundry washing the clothes. Haha
Later in life after my children were born, I was grateful at the end of each day that their mother hadn’t died! I must have been orphaned in a previous life as I considered ‘being motherless’ the greatest tragedy that could befall someone. Having a mother was top of my gratitude list you might say.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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