Way before it became a voguish phrase you drummed this matchless attitude into us When one complained about her long nose You said: Be grateful it has its sense of smell Leprosy could have left just a gaping hole instead!
Another grumbled about her ugly feet You admonished: be grateful you can walk on your own Ask their importance to someone who has lost a single toe! The third one hankered for the sweetness of a nightingale in her voice Be grateful, you enjoined You do not know the choking distress of a deaf-mute's mind!
We expressed discontent about everything under the sun Be grateful. It could have been worse You are amply blessed by His Holy Grace was your ceaseless comment. It was difficult to implement at first Wiser now, we are thankful to have been so blest Mother and Father dearest You were heaven's most precious gift to us.