a knock at the door

35mm | f2.2 | 1/160 | iso1000

On Sunday afternoon there was a knock at the door. I opened it and saw my friend and neighbor Jaxson on the other side. He was holding a bouquet of tulips and a card. He handed them to me and said “thank you for taking my pictures.” I gave him a hug, thanking him for the flowers and he ran back to the car with the sweetest smile on his face. Jaxson is 8 years old. I took some photos of him as a church assignment. It was an absolute pleasure. His mom had already thanked me in person and via text. Despite that, which was already so nice, he picked out these flowers (his mom told me) and in his own writing thanked me in a card. Jaxson reminded me how good it feels to be filled with gratitude, and express it!

I love this quote by Thomas S Monson:

“To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble…to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.”

I see those qualities in Jaxson. Having these flowers in my home this week has made it feel a bit more like heaven too. Thank you Jaxson for your kindness and example. I am grateful that we are friends.

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