Thursday was American Thanksgiving. When we were kids, schools focused on this day as the day Native Americans and Pilgrims sat down and had a giant feast and the pilgrims learned how to survive the winter by copying how the Indians grew corn with dead fish…

As adults, we use this time, more often then not, to plan for Christmas and shops sales. Instead, I love spending that time actually remembering what I’m thankful for. Here goes this months list.

1. For the friends I have made this year
2. For a gaming group that helps me grow
3. For the chance to go to two conventions this year
4. For love from a wonderful
5. For me feeling love back towards him
6. For communication skills in relationships
7. For patience shown to me
8. For patience I have been given
9. For cats, both of them
10. For my parents support in my dreams
11. For my mothers communications many mornings
12. For my dads help with my car situation
13. For longer talks with my dad all around
14. For my parents being in great health
15. For the help BFS gave me in making a budget
16. For the money I make in my job
18. For having a job I love
19. My students sense of exploration
20. The students that remind me of how I can grow as a teacher
21. For a principal that understands when you have to leave early
22. For a team of teachers who help cover classes
23. For the safe drivers that share the road to and home from work with me
24. And for police officers who help us remember to drive safe
25. For the stunning sunsets I’ve enjoyed this year
26. For days when I could have the top down on my lil’ car
27. For the day I saw the trailer I dreamed of living in
28. And the support of people that said “why not”
29. And support of the people who said “are you sure”

Last but not least, I am thankful for people who read my blog. It seems a bit silly but having people looking makes me feel not so alone on harder days. I hope as we enter these next few months, you are continuing to work towards your goals, and I will attempt to start working harder again towards mine.

How do you spend your Thanksgiving break?

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2 Responses to Thankful

  1. adruve says:

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving down under or have a Black Friday? what ever that is? I like your list. It is all about connections, we humans are social animals that need these connections to function and feel balanced.

  2. Oh.. goodness adruve.. Thanksgiving in America

    The sterotypical Thanksgiving in America is families all getting together (grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, kids) and sitting down to a huuuuge feast. The normal requirements are Turkey, cornbread stuffing, either sweet potatoes (with brown sugar or marshmellows) or mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, carrots, bread of some sort and everyone eats waaay to much. There may also be some cranberry sauce served. In our family we take a break before desserts. Typically people have pumpkin pie with whip cream and/or pecan pie with ice cream.

    During this whole time people talk and catch up and remember things they are grateful for in their lives.
    Black Friday is the day right after Thanksgiving.Almost all the main stores in America advertise big sales for the “beginning” of the Christmas season. (Even though the stores have had Christmas stuff up since before Halloween) Serious shoppers will camp out in front of stores to get very limited sales for half of or more on computers and cameras. In the day of the modern shopper though, many people are shopping on the internet and in Houston, it was cold enough that there wasn’t as many people camping out in front of stores. It is followed by Small business Saturday where people trying to support small businesses go and shop at small stores. Then there is Cyber Monday when a lot of American stores cut their online prices. I actually do shop Cyber Monday for my family.

    As a nation, we are very focused on consumerism. I have been frustrated watching Black Friday sales start to seep into Thanksgiving evening. I feel like its hard to really embrace the idea of being thankful for what you have when you are then racing off to get more. It is a huge problem with the American mentality. We are taught that we need the newest currant thing with our T.V. shows and everything else. The term we use is “Keeping up with the Joneses” with the Jones being the next door neighbor. Gotta have the car that is as nice or nicer than my neighbors mentality that is one of the reason that many Americans end up in deep personal debt. Anywho, that’s a whole different post. =)

    I hope that gives a glimpse of what Thanksgiving and the following sales days are like in America.

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