Norah doesn't quite grasp emotions yet. Or, really, she doesn't quite grasp the complex expression of emotions or emotional language. For instance, in response to a question like, "Why are you crying?" She often says, "Because I am."
Recently, at school, their focus for a week was on emotions, so they were learning about happy, sad, angry, frustrated, scared, etc. Still, even after the week's study, Norah pretty much limits her emotional range to "That makes me happy!" and "That doesn't make me happy!"
Yesterday, then, I was trying to talk to her some about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful. Granted, "thankful" is a toughie in terms of emotional range, and I used a lot of big words (grateful, appreciate), but I also did my best to frame it in her "what makes you happy" way of understanding the world. So, I was explaining the kinds of people and comforts that she has in her life that she should be thankful for; then I posed the question to her: "So, sweetie, what are you thankful for?"
"Sandwiches," she told me.
"Sandwiches?" I asked. The choice confused me. "Candy" I could've seen coming, but sandwiches?
"Yeah, sandwiches make me happy."
Okey-dokey. Sandwiches, people, Norah is thankful for sandwiches.