“Dad, can I have a Slim Jim?” Captain Chaos asked from the back seat.
“A Slim Jim?” I replied. “I don’t have a Slim Jim.”
“Dad, what are you grateful for?”
“Awwww, come on, you Big Kahuna!” she exclaimed.
The Captain is going through a developmental growth spurt. She’s making great improvements in her reading, writing, and thinking skills. The subject of gratitude has come up a lot since our Sensei gave us a homework assignment of writing three things for which we are grateful. I decided to see how much she understands.
“Let’s see,” I began. “I am grateful for God, because He made us. I am grateful for Jesus, because He died to save us from our sins.”
“Yeah!” she chimed in.
“I’m grateful for your mommy, because she is my best friend. I am grateful that God gave us three wonderful children.”
“What are their names?” she asked, knowing the answer all along.
“General Mayhem, Major Havoc, and Captain Chaos,” I replied.
“Yep, that’s me!”
“So tell me, Captain Chaos. What are you grateful for?”
She didn’t hesitate a moment.
“I am grateful for daddy,” she explained.
“That’s sweet,” I told her.
“And Slim Jims!”