Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in the positive psychology toolkit, so I needed something about it in my coming anthology, Lifting the Gloom: An antidepressant primer of writings.
A while ago, I ran a contest, asking my friends to help me firm up on the subtitle. The prize was having a character named after the winner. Michael Amos sent me 18 distinct suggestions, and I adopted one of them. So, here he is in my book-to-be:
Sandra Amos meticulously divided the little apple pie into two equal pieces, and put them into the little hands.
Michael said, “Thank you!” and started stuffing his mouth, rather messily, but hey, he was only seven years old.
“Not fair!” Tania said.
Sandra laughed at her. “What’s not fair?”
“I’m older. Should get a bigger piece.”
Michael looked at the bit of pastry and apple goo still in his hand, then held it out toward his sister. “Here. You can have what I still got left.”
“YUK!” Tania turned to storm out of the kitchen. Her foot slipped, and she ended up on her face. Her piece of apple pie became a bit of pastry and apple goo mess — on the floor. She clambered up and started to cry. “My apple pie!”
“Thank heavens you didn’t get hurt,” Michael said, “and the pie is on the tiles not on carpet. Think of how hard THAT would be to clean up!”