“We are the promise of one people, one breath declaring to one another: I see you. I need you. I am you.”—Richard Blanco
I often share stories from my inbox, miracle stories that, as I’ve mentioned, often begin with “You are NEVER going to believe this.”
Today, I’m going to share a couple stories from my most important teachers—kids who, before they’re taught to “be careful” and “act responsible,” know the important stuff.
When I was out walking the other day, I ran into a family of 5. The youngest boy spotted a fuzzy caterpillar on a tree. Rapt with this amazing creature, he waved his parents over who dutifully “oohed” and “aahed” until finally they had to call him off, “C’mon, we gotta go.” The little boy, lingering a bit longer, leaned down to the caterpillar and said, “Goodbye. I love you.”
My other teacher is a little boy whose mother shared this story on Twitter. He was buckled into the backseat of the car when he asked, “Is it okay to throw the confetti in my pocket?”
“What?” she exclaimed. “Why do you have confetti in your pocket?”
Nonplussed, he answered. “It’s emergency confetti. I carry it everywhere in case there’s good news.”
This Thanksgiving season, I plan to share my love with caterpillars and trees and to keep confetti in my pocket because good news is everywhere when I decide to look for it. #222 Forever
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).
One of your best stories ever!
Love, love, love to you, Pam, the teller of happy stories!
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That’s some high praise! I love being the teller of happy stories. May we all tell happy stories!
Adorable stories! I carry a bottle of bubbles with me, most of the time. My version of emergency confetti. Ha ha! There is always good news to celebrate!
Have a glorious week, y’all!
Back at ya with the glorious week!
The BEST ever! Kids are our teachers.
The BEST teachers!
Love it Pam! Your writing ALWAYS brightens my day!
when I read this, I realized you are the secret, happy stash of confetti that has been in my pocket for the last several years. Thank you .
I love it! Thank you for sharing!! ❤️❤️❤️
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That might be the best compliment yet. Maybe I’ll get a new business card. Pam Grout, Writer and Pocket Confetti Thrower
LOVE this post. May we all recapture the wonder and optimistic expectations of children. Imagine.
All of us. No exceptions!
‘Emergency confetti’. I didn’t realize how important it was to have on hand, but now I do. What beautiful reminders from the little ones with the biggest hearts.
I also love that this mom’s post went viral on Twitter–who says people don’t like a happy story?
Dear Pam, you’ve inspired me to be mindful of – and to respect – my child-heart’s imagination.
So happy to hear this!!!
Okay….you’re not going to believe this! ☺ Last week I walked into a small-ish department store and noticed a family of 7 passing me in the aisle. I said to the Mother, “You have the most beautiful family!” Immediately, one of her youngest sons, bulleted towards me and gave me THE MOST Joyful hug ever! I will never forget him. Ever.
That is priceless! Thank you for sharing that!
Thank you, Pam, for ALL you do! I SO appreciate you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Diana
“What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?” …George Elliott
And I appreciate you!
Sometimes I fee a bit silly when I talk to trees and pick worms up off the sidewalk a place them in the grass after a rain storm. But then I remember that we’re connected to everything and that’s all that matters. We all need to look at things with childlike wonder no matter what anyone may think.
Love you Pam!
Love you, too!
OMG! This brought tears to my eyes. Emergency confetti–I wish I had some right now. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful stories.
It is my pleasure to throw metaphorical confetti as often as I can.
Wonderful! We all need to carry confetti!
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I just love this! Darling picture of Taz too. Is that you in the background? Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8+, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone
Not sure. I was probably the one with the camera–and, yes, back then it was a real camera. Just one of thousands of precious photos of my sweetheart when she was still on this physical plane.
heart warming tears….. Note to self: Buy some confetti to carry in my pocket.
Me, too! On FB, someone posted a big batch available on amazon. They seem to have everything.
Love these beautiful stories. You made my day!
Thanks! Both these stories made MY day and made my gratitude list.
Love this! For over a decade, I kept a large can of Emergency Glitter in the back of my car, which I shook around at people as required. When I moved across the country in 2009, I had a big farewell party, and I put some of my most adored and pricey possessions on a table and drew numbers so my LoA friends could choose which item they wanted. I was delighted when, in spite of the monetary value of the items he could have selected, my friend Tony very happily chose the Emergency Glitter – and he still uses it! (It was a very large jar!)
Another great tool for the joy and merriment team. Thanks!
Love the caterpillar story. The emergency confetti is outstanding!!! Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you Pam! As an elementary teacher I always marvel at my students’ positive perspectives of the world. I absolutely loved the story of the little boy that carries confetti to share good news. I have decided that I am now going to do that. Thank you for the inspiration. After our morning meeting and class share I am going to throw confetti because it is good news when students share about their lives. Thank you so much Pam as you and your readers always inspire me. Who knows? You might hear about my students clapping when the confetti is thrown. 🙂
What delightful and uplifting stories. Gorgeous! And what a bonus to find emails from you in my inbox two days in a row! Thankyou for sharing these Pam – you’ve helped me start my day with a smile. ☺️ (I also love reading everybody else’s comments too, and I’m reminded that I have a bottle of bubble mix in the glovebox of my car. I think I’ll pop it in my handbag instead for emergency good news moments! 😁)
Thank you for the heart-warming stories!! You can’t beat those from kids. 😃
Today a lazy bee landed on my Levi’s and was casually rubbing her face. I felt honored.
Right after reading this, I looked out my window and saw 20 shades of green and yellow.
Such wonderful, joyous stories. Made my day!
I read a post recently (not sure where) about nature’s confetti; leaves of different shades hole punched as an alternative to paper. This is a great idea to consider for the environment…and fun too!
Thank you so much Pam – so heartwarming and from the bottom of their little hearts. Did you and everyone else here noticed that, only days (if not hours) after the current US president was defended, news about a possible vaccine to fight Covid-19 appeared….. much love from Germany from someone sitting on her desk at home throwing (mentally) confetti towards everyone here 😀
Dear Pam, This morning I thought to write to you, to tell you how much I enjoyed the confetti story and when I got to my desk and read today’s ACIME, I knew I had to. WordPress won’t let me comment – I have to sort that out, but don’t have the patience for it, right now.
This literally made me laugh out loud…
Planning, by its very nature, is based on what we know. We can’t plan for firturjelsk, for example. Or ask for wemerk. Why? Because our limited pea brains have never heard of them.
Grout, Pam. The Course in Miracles Experiment (p. 303). Hay House. Kindle Edition.
Your book has got me almost all the way through a course in miracles this year. I’ve never gotten past like day 30 before this and I’ve tried many, many times.
So much love, Christine
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Beautiful, out of the mouths of babes. Message: Allow our child to continue to emerge in our lives. Have a ‘magical’ day!!
I love both of these stories! I shared the confetti one on my instagram…I just LOVE the spirit of that – ALWAYS be ready to celebrate! Ahhhhh, from the mouths of babes!