This year as Thanksgiving rolls around, I am grateful for so many things, but most importantly, for the holiday itself. Having lived through a very difficult election season – no matter one’s political affiliation – we owe a debt of gratitude to President Lincoln for exercising a prophetic voice and proclaiming Thanksgiving Day a national holiday in 1863 – right in the midst of the Civil War. I can’t imagine how challenging it was to bring people together during such a difficult and painful time.
Thanksgiving reminds us to pause and take stock of our many blessings – especially the things that we take for granted or for which we have come to feel entitled. This year I am especially grateful to spend the holiday with my mother’s only sister, my Aunt Ruggy. Although Ruggy is battling small cell lung cancer, she is an inspiration to all of us. “I feel like the lucky one,” she said, “Because I know how precious each and every day really is.”
I asked teachers to share their thoughts what they’re most grateful for, and I thought you would enjoy reading some of them:“My home. We tend to complain a lot about things that we take for granted and I know a couple of friends who have lost their homes. So, this particular year, I don't care about closet size or space in general, I will do with what I have and be grateful for it.”
-Iris Nunez“I'm grateful for the small things - waking up to see another day, driving to work and not having a lot of traffic, and the beautiful sky over the Empire State Building as I drive down the viaduct.”
– Evelyn Rivera“Warm clothes. As it gets colder this year I have been more grateful for warm boots and a jacket. I always try to give coats to the coat drive, but specifically this year it has hit home with me as I see more and more people without clothing suitable for this weather.”
– Danielle Seubert“Diversity-The world would be a boring place without diversity; Learning from Mistakes-If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for; My cats! They bring joy every morning I wake up!”
– Priscilla Crespo“I am especially grateful for every rock in my way - they teach me everything that I know: the difference between good and bad, how to pick better choices, how I'm capable to stand back up, and to heal my injuries. They are proof of how strong I can be and of the love that God has for me.”
–Anonymous“Being a part of such a warm and welcoming community for 13 years!”
What are you grateful for this year? Please be sure to share with someone!
Questions? Comments? Ideas? I’d love to hear them! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artwork by Vivian Coraci, Grade 5.