In preparing for the Thankfulness Tree activity our family will be doing all month, I called my mom and asked her if she would be willing to cut out all our leaves on her Cricket cutting machine (a scrapbook cutting machine). I gave her all the details… please cut 30 leaves for each person and I listed the colors I would like to have… red, orange, yellow and green. “Is Ethan going to do this too?” she asked about my 16-month old little guy.
“I didn’t plan on it. I just figured it would be just the rest of us would do it since he can’t talk.”
“Yes, but you know what he is thankful for. You know he is thankful for his bottle and crackers. You could all help come up with the things he is thankful for.”
So, our first day of the Thankfulness Tree, we asked Ethan what he was thankful for. And our silly little monkey pulled his pacifier out of mouth and said, “Tickle!”
Tickle was one of his first words (right after “wow” “whoa” and “Dadda”). And he very well knows what tickle means being as the little instigator will use his hands in a twisting motion and wiggle his fingers while repeating “tickle, tickle”.
Besides being a cute response that sent his brothers into a fit of laughter, I do think Ethan is thankful for tickles. He loves to do the tickling too! His little eyes light up with excitement as his hands start twisting. He’s just waiting for it… the return tickles. He just laughs big hearty baby laughs that are so contagious everyone involved ends up in laughter. It’s quite an endearing thing.
In our house, tickles are a sign of affection. We start with tickling and usually move on to wrestling, but end in hugs and cuddles. Honestly, it’s all about touch… loving hands and embracing arms. The silent ways to say “I love you!” (Well… silent except for all the giggling!)
So as much as I don’t care to be tickled, I have to say I agree with Ethan and I am thankful for tickles!