Thanks-giving

Last week I talked with my Grade 2 class about Thanksgiving and the things we’re grateful for. I was rather disappointed. My school is populated mostly with children who are well-fed, well-dressed, and very well looked after. These kids were like, “Um, je dis merci pour mon Nintendo DSI…” So I told them about how there are children in Pakistan right now without houses or clothes or clean water. And in many other countries, for that matter.

Fortunately, my Grade 4/5s were much more forthcoming. When prompted, they found that they were thankful for practically everything.

I know I’m a day or two late, but here goes – the first ten things I’m grateful for that come into my head:

  1. My son (the best one 🙂 )
  2. My marriage (to my beloved friend and my son’s loving father)
  3. My family (whom I’m lucky enough to love as friends too)
  4. My friends (many of whom are like family)
  5. My house (with its running water, electricity, furnace, laundry… I guess this is more than ten things, isn’t it?)
  6. My home (a country and a city where the livin’ is easy)
  7. My job (at a school that reminds me every day of the good reasons why I teach)
  8. My faculties (this is way more than one… but I’m feeling particularly grateful for my mobility, my eyesight, and my memory right now)
  9. Food – oh so much amazing food this past weekend…
  10. My iPhone. Hah! Just kidding… my MacBook. Hah! Just kidding… let’s go with… YOU. The much-appreciated folks who read my blog. Hugs to you!

I guess it’s a pretty standard list – but it doesn’t hurt to remind oneself of these things, often. (Yet another valuable lesson from A.J. Jacobs… and Oprah… and probably Dr. Phil…)

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5 thoughts on “Thanks-giving

  1. Darci says:

    I to am thankful for your blog! It is a way to keep you, Sean and the Fantastic Mr. E close to us even though we are far apart in distance. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how thankful I am for your wonderful brother who just happens to be my loving husband and friend too!

  2. Lindsay says:

    getting choked up reading this. how wonderful that the 4/5 kids were able to recognize more ‘worthwhile’ and meaningful things to be grateful for rather than just toys. Hopefully it’s just an age thing…

  3. diblog says:

    Thank you, lovely people. Lindsay, I know what you mean. Actually, there were a couple Gr. 2s, once I read their booklets (about being thankful), some of them thought of a dozen or more things, like “my brother”, “the Earth”, “being alive”, and such. THAT was cool.

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