Haunted by gratitude

What does a woman who lost her husband to a sudden car accident wish the rest of us knew about marriage? Julie, a mother of two teens, said that in the first two weeks after her husband’s death, she wanted to tell everyone she met to make sure they thanked their spouse as often as they could.

“I was haunted by the idea of gratitude,” Julie says. “I wanted to thank my husband for all his hard work— to really thank him.” She goes on to say that it’s easy for spouses to take each other for granted in the midst of all the tasks that are part of family life. “Slow down and look at all your spouse does for you, and say thank you. You always think you’ll always have time to do that, but you might not. You cannot say ‘thank you’ too much.”

by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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