A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to win a really lovely prize. It’s called the Tree of Gratitude and I found out about it via the Interiors Addict.
Created right here in Melbourne by Ephie Bokas (via her Wallitude brand), this is not just any wall art product. The idea behind it is really, really special.
The Wallitude kit comes with a tree wall decal (illustrated by Melbourne artist Ingrid Wilson), x4 sets of leaf-shaped stickers (like post-its), x4 gratitude pencils, a how-to instruction card and a booklet containing 300 prompts for daily gratitude.
So what’s it all about? You apply the tree decal to the wall and every day, you write down what you’re grateful for on a leaf sticker and add it to the tree. I love this idea so much, as gratitude seems to be the one thing that the small folks I know (including my Ava), don’t seem to really get.
I’m guessing it’s a sign of the times, with the advances in technology and the switch to a digitally focussed lifestyle, but it seems that most kids these days just always want more. Even a trip to the supermarket is all about ‘what can I have?’ or ‘can we buy a new toy?’. So I try not to take Ava with me any more, because I get sick of explaining that we can’t have new things every time we leave the house!
I don’t remember being like that as a kid, but life was a lot less complicated back in the 70s. I had to get up and go to the actual TV set to change the channel. I rang my friends on a land line, I sent letters via snail mail. It was all so simple.
So back to gratitude. On Friday, Ava helped me apply the tree to our living room wall and I explained to her how to write our notes about what we were grateful for. She got it straight away and her first note was ‘I am grateful for laughing with Lucy, Maisie, Milla and me’. The day before she’d been at kinder and had a great giggle session with her little friends. So simple and so perfect. I too had a turn and we write a grateful note every day.
On Sunday morning (without me having to ask), Ava made her bed and asked me to come upstairs to see. There was her bed neatly made, with her fave cushions and soft toys all lined up beautifully. Again, without prompting, she turned that into her note for the day. ‘I am grateful for making my bed on my own, without help from Mama’. I was so touched that she was so proud and grateful for her little achievement. I scooped her up for a huge hug and she was beaming from ear to ear.
So even after three days, Ava is responding to the concept of gratitude. It’s on her radar and she’s thinking about it in her own time. I’m looking forward to seeing our tree full of grateful notes which will turn into a lovely record of memories too.
With Christmas not that far away, the Tree of Gratitude would be a really lovely present. You can find out more about Wallitude here.
NOTE: This is not a sponsored post, I just love this product and I wanted to share it with you.