TGFT by my 14-yr old son, Nathan

TGFT: Thank God for That! “Kuya, what’s an orphanage?” Ryan asked me yesterday in Chowking when we saw these kids in orange shirts playing song with cheap instruments asking for donations for their orphanage. That’s when I realized that we’re so blessed. (Not that I’m discriminating or anything.) I looked at my wonderful parents who take care of me everyday and love me unconditionally, no matter what. They sent me that smile I see everyday. I never get sawa of that heartwarming smile. I looked at my table. Orange chicken, one of my favorite foods was sitting there with too much rice, as usual. That’s something we may take for granted, too. When I get home from school almost every day, I rush to the snackbox and eat a couple ofTTGTt bags of chips or an overflowing bowl of Cocoa Pebbles. Thank God for that. After that, I drag my feet upstairs and jump for anything I can lie down on, just like you see in the movies. So soft and cozy. Thank God for that. When I wake up, dinner’s ready. BURGER STEAK. Whee! Thank God for that! I then watch This Is It with my family in the air-conditioned masters’ bedroom. Thank God for that. I brush my teeth and get ready for bed. I fall onto the mattress, plank style, and get ready for an ab workout. My sibs and parents enter the room. TICKLEFIGHT!! Thank God for that! And when we’re all tired, Dad and Mom tuck us in. After a short discussion where we share the highs and lows of our day, we pray. Thanks, God, for my day. Joaquin says, “Rashash?” Joaquin and my parents leave the room after turning the lights off, saying “Good night”, “I love you” and “You’re the best” one last time and closing the door. Thank God for that. Ryan, Janina and I then talk about random things, laughing and enjoying the cool darkness under our blankets. After ten minutes or so, we all close our eyes, ready for a restful time in Dreamland. Thank God for that. NEVER take life for granted. Give thanks for every little thing you can thank God for. Try counting your blessings, big or small, one by one. You’ll be surprised at how many you’ll end up with if you don’t get tamad to finish counting. Do remember to once in a while stop and thank God for that!

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