Thanksgiving conjures up images of packed grocery stores and delicious holiday feasts. Although the Thanksgiving dinner is an important part of the celebration, Thanksgiving is about much more than the turkey and the stuffing. It is a time of year to reflect and remember everything that you are thankful for, and fortunate enough to have.
We visited the Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities of Paul’s Run and Artman to ask residents what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Students enrolled in our Lutheran Children and Family Service BOOST program, which provides children grades K-12 with homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts, field trips, computer labs, and college preparation, also told us they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
Some people may believe children do not understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Despite there being decades between them in age, the BOOST students were actually thankful for many of the same things said by the seniors of Paul’s Run and Artman.
For example, Josephine Christian of Artman said, “I am thankful for my family’s health.”
Third grader Naomi of Hopkinson Elementary said, ““I am thankful for God giving us food and making us healthy.”
Beatrice Farber of Paul’s Run said, “I am thankful that I’m here at Paul’s Run. It has been very nice. Everybody is friendly and smiles and says hello. I’m also thankful for my wonderful children who call me every day.”
“I am thankful for the life I have including my family and my friends. The teachers that are in BOOST, they always help me on my work and my homework, and that’s why I am thankful in my life,” said fourth grader Shahim of Bryant Promise Academy.
It’s clear that young and old alike take the time to remember what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving. Yes, the feast, football, and after-dinner nap are all part of the celebration, but the seniors and students above exemplified the true meaning of Thanksgiving; being thankful for friends, family, and anyone else who is there to lend a helping hand.