November is winding down already and Thanksgiving is upon us. In other words, ready or not, the holidays are here!
I’ve always been a big fan of Thanksgiving for many reasons. I love the laid back attitude, well unless you’re the cook. I love the time of year. I love the memories of my mom and dad’s team effort to “get the bird in the oven.” I love the sense of family. I love the time set aside to just “be thankful.” And of course, I love the food and eating it with no guilt
for at least one day until the leftovers are gone.
As an elementary teacher, Thanksgiving also offered numerous and enticing seasonal opportunities for fun and learning. And then, there were all those projects.
Kids love Thanksgiving projects. So do teachers, or at least this one does. Kids love making pilgrim hats, coloring in cornucopias, preparing and eating mini-feasts, writing and acting out stories about that first Thanksgiving, listing out all things they are thankful for and of course making anything “turkey.”
How many times has your child, or someone else’s child, proudly shown you a drawing of their hand with those five things he or she is thankful for thoughtfully and carefully printed in on each “finger-feather?”
And young kids are amazingly adept at cutting to the chase to honestly and concisely list five things they are most thankful for. Usually they end up listing things like family, friends, pets, air, food, water, nature; you know, the basic stuff.
Like I always say, kids are so smart.
Recently I was sorting through some boxes and found a few of my kids’ old turkey projects. It made me stop and wonder if I could come up with just five things I’m most thankful for.
After some consideration, this is my list of five things for my “turkey hand:”
- I’m thankful for my home, family and friends. This includes my entire extended family, my on-line friends and of course, all family pets too.
- I’m thankful for all of my senses that enable me to enjoy life more fully every single day. Here I get to include anything and everything I enjoy seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling every day. I know this might be cheating a little to be so encompassing, but hey, it’s my list.
- I’m thankful for science and all things medical, otherwise I might not even be here today.
- I’m thankful for any and all who read my blog, so if you’re reading, I’m thankful for you!
- Lastly, I’m thankful for being alive because, well, without that there’s no need for a list is there?