Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians. I feel very fortunate to have been able to celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving for the first part of my life, and Canadian Thanksgiving ever since. Historically they differ. Otherwise the similarities are quite evident. The menus with all the trimmings are essentially the same. We also share the more important big picture which includes family, good will and gratitude for all of our blessings. I believe it really matters to have this designated day for giving thanks. That said, why not have every day as the day for giving thanks?
My stream of consciousness thinking led to the idea of a Q & A with some kids to get their perspective about Thanksgiving. I spoke with D, a 12 yr. old boy and K, a 10 yr. old girl. Even though a couple of answers are similar, they were queried separately. Their sincere, heartfelt answers were very moving. Here is that interview. Enjoy.
Me: Thanksgiving is often associated with harvest. What does harvest mean to you?
D: I think of corn, pumpkins and all the crops that are ready.
K: New crops growing. New harvest like a fresh start.
Me: What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?
D: Family, friends get together. Eat and talk together. A break from school. Some friends don’t come from here. They travel to their families and find joy returning to their roots.
K: The decorations and everyone sitting together and talking about our lives.
Me: What would you like to share that you are thankful for?
D: I’m thankful for being born into this family, for having enough food, water and a good education.
K: Being thankful for everything we have, friends, family; how lucky we are to be living in Canada in a safe country.
Me: What’s the fun part of Thanksgiving?
D: Having family and friends over and sharing food.
K: Being with family and friends we haven’t seen in awhile.
Me: We don’t want to forget about the meal. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
D: Stuffing, pumpkin pie. Our dog likes pumpkin, too.
K: Stuffing, turkey and apple crumble.
Me: (I’m with them on the stuffing.) What would be your Thanksgiving wish for the world?
D: I wish for peace, enough food, water, proper clothing for everyone and for everyone to be loved.
K: I wish for all arguments and wars to be over, for world peace, for the homeless to have food and a home to live in.
Sentiments like that give hope for the future.
Comments are welcomed.