My son started off easy, listing "All fifty states" as one line item (#64) followed by each state named individually in alphabetical order. But eventually, he uncovered a depth of gratitude that I didn't know existed inside him. It was like a tween's journal but with absolutely no angst, just sunshine and happiness. This lesson entered his life at a good time. Like many coming of age stories, my boy was beginning to leave that childlike sense of wonder behind him and become aware of the realities of the world. Seeking 1000 gifts focused his gaze on the realities that are good and beautiful instead of the ones that make you lose faith. So with his permission, here are a few of those gifts, mostly travel related.
10. A sunset with an array of colors
|Watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington.|
For all you Twilight fans, this is in Forks.
293. My brother who is a serious Pokemon fan
|Making brother's dreams come true with a visit to Tokyo's Pokemon Center.|
374. The countless hours of free time on an intercontinental flight.
|So much in-flight entertainment, so little time on the flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.|
434. Having random thoughts of Maine when eating lobster.
|The view from Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard, Maine where lobster boats unload traps right at the restaurant.|
472. Hearing the drums banging at the dragon dance celebration
500. 500 -- exactly half of 1000 gifts -- halfway before your goal's end to make you say, "Wow, it was hard, but I managed and thought of 1000 thankful gifts."
714. Monkeys that crawl all around Malaysia and want to steal your food
|Training baby monkeys on the fine art of stealing food at the Penang Botanical Garden|
849. Pike's Peak where "America the Beautiful" was written
|They only allowed us 40 minutes at the summit before heading back down to avert altitude sickness.|
858. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, full of hardened magma and glowing volcanoes
|Devastation Trail had tiny bits of solidified lava known as Pele's hair and Pele's tears|
1000. The one thousandth gift is completed. Flipping back in the book will remind me of all the fun I had in sixth grade.
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