It is likely that I wrote something very similar to this in years past, but it bears repeating often. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and certainly is the 2nd most American holiday on our calendar. Thanksgiving expects nothing of you except to eat good food, watch a movie or ball game, play cards or board games, and spend time with people – hopefully ones you love, but at least ones to whom you are related.
What is the point of Thanksgiving but to find reasons to show your gratitude for a variety of things big and small? Lots of families go around the table and recite a thing or two for which they are grateful, and mine is no different. Many of us have the same answer – family, but I’m hoping we’ll get a little more creative or entertaining this year. Like any good teacher should, I’ll model.
This year, I am thankful that my car looks like it will make it to the end of the year without any major repairs. I love my car, and I am really grateful it has held up this year. We had some extra car expenses last year, and my husband said we should get rid of it if we had to spend a bunch of money on it again. But we haven’t! And I am really thankful.
I am thankful I am short. I mean it! Because of my shortness, I was afforded the opportunity to sit on the front row during two amazing musical works with Canterbury this year. In that position, I am able to get really close to the instruments and ask the players questions, and I can hear their individual parts so well. Being tall certainly has many advantages, maybe more advantages, but I am claiming this one for sure.
I didn’t get it at first, but now I understand and am thankful for Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Sherlock. I’ve heard a lot over the years about how great he was, and I’d seen him in Khan and that Touring film, but I wasn’t bowled over. Then I started watching Sherlock and I understood. It was pretty sweet – really the whole cast and crew deserve my thanks.
More seriously I am mightily thankful for the staff in Putnam City, our volunteers in the Foundation, and for the work I get to do each day to help improve public education for our children.
I hope you find several things for which to be grateful this Thanksgiving!