Gratitude (Framed)


Article: Black & white print on Lenox acid free paper

Image size: 12″x12″

Paper size: 15″X15.75″

Frame size: 20″X20″

Based on a true story. It is a part of the series, “Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds”. Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.


Gratitude – Story & Poem by Indu Varma

The inspiration for this print and the poem below came from a true incident. One day my six-year old grand daughter Shaela and I were walking down to the park where there is a children’s play area with swings, slides etc. She picked up three flowers with stems hardly long enough to hold them and gave them to me. Then she proceeded to tell me that she felt really lucky to have a grand mother who would do so many things with her, such as, draw, paint, do ceramics, bake, make her favorite foods, go to the park, read stories etc. I was taken back. It made me realize that as adults we simply take things for granted and don’t stop to express gratitude. If only we could live with an attitude of gratitude, we would look at the positive things in our life and feel blessed. I am reminded of Helen Keller’s words, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.”

Enjoy, appreciate, be grateful,                         Making our favorite meals,

For kindness be thankful.                                Treats & Dollar Store deals,

Kind words, pure thoughts,                              “We are lucky to have you,

Not a cent it costs.                                               Just love being with you!”


With us you do fun things,                              Three buttercups holds she,

Drawing, painting, dance & sing,                  Stems hardly longer than key.

Clay creations,                                                      Simple, heartfelt action,

Baking sensations.                                             My day she had brightened!


Embroidery & knitting,                                   Such precious moments of life,

By the fire reading,                                          Come from gratitude not strife.

Playing in the park,                                          Never fail to appreciate,

Stories after dark.                                            Show gratitude now, why wait?


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