Matt and Mandy


Matt and Mandy playing chess(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Are you more grateful this year than last year?

I guess so. At least I’m grateful for more things.

Like what?

Well, I’m grateful for yams. Last year I didn’t even like them.

And I’m grateful for chess, and a year ago I’d never played it.

So if we keep finding new things to be grateful for, then every year we should keep getting happier and happier!

But what if we find new things to worry about too?

No problem. Mom says that hard times can help us grow.

Maybe, but I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet.

So that’s a goal to work on, and goals are something else to feel grateful for.

Wow! Before long I’ll be so grateful I can’t stand it!