Do you and your family go around the table each Thanksgiving and say what you’re thankful for from the year before?
Is it a Canadian thing?
No – it can’t be. I have no doubt many of you all over the world carry on with this same tradition.
When our family followed our custom this year, the comments began as usual. One glowing friend brought up how happy her and husband were for their new baby grandson. A totally acceptable reason for thanks.
Another couple mentioned the rented house they’d moved into and how much roomier it was from their old apartment. Good!
Of course, my neighbor and her husband thanked the heavens for him coming through his recent by-pass and for his returning health. This was one we all agreed with.
But then the teenagers around the table got really serious and reminded us all of how sad it was out there in the rest of the world.
They listed other reasons why we’re lucky. It started off about the California forest fires and how gloomy it was for those poor people who found themselves homeless and in some cases, without the funds, enough years or the energy to be able to start fresh. For us older folks at the table of twelve, it hit home how blessed we were not to be in a similar situation.
Then another of the youngsters brought up the immigrants who had walked so many hundreds of miles with only their children and their prayers to be able to reach a safe haven. That made us all stop and think. Not only had those poor souls lost their homes, but because of civil unrest, cruelty and terror, they’d fled their country – leaving behind their customs and identities.
What a sobering moment! Having our young people remind us of those situations. As I looked around the table, I saw their parents pride for their offspring’s empathy. I know I felt overwhelmed with pleasure that our kids paid attention at all.
Therefore, I guess what I’m most thankful for are our truly intelligent youngsters – their big hearts…
And their huge potential.
Blessings for you, your family and your friends. Enjoy a wonderful day.
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Lovely post, Mimi. I celebrate Thanksgiving very similarly to you–and I too am so grateful for the new generations thoughtful, highly compassionate adults in the world.
I know! Sometimes, I get down in the dumps and think of how poorly our generation has scored in the messy world today, the division among the people, the climate changes that terrify, and… and…!
Then I see the young people following behind us, and I know we’ve accomplished what’s most important. We’ve taught our kids to be thinkers, kinder, stronger…better and that gives me such hope.
Beautiful post. It is great to take time to reflect about the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.
You’re so right.
As dumb as this may sound, I’m actually thankful that I could share my reason why I’m thankful… !! Huh!??
Sounds weird, I know, but many people don’t have a voice like we do. Aren’t on the internet and have no social media family to share their thoughts with.
Thanks so much for reaching out and commenting.
Have a wonderful holiday!!
Loved the post, Mimi, Happy Thanksgiving xoxo
You, too, Sue!
Sending big hugs and hopes that you’ve been able to enjoy this holiday with your family – though I do know it’s a tough one for you.
A lovely post Mimi! Our young people will share their compassion as they move forward into the future. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thanks for commenting, Jodie. And you’re right. I hope they learn by our mistakes and do better for this beautiful world we live in. xo