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?
Last year I interviewed a 12 Yr. old boy and a 10 yr. old girl for their thoughts about Thanksgiving. Their sincere, heartfelt answers were very moving. I decided to speak with them this year to see if their perspectives had changed.
Following is a reprint of the former interview. I’ve inserted this year’s comments whenever there was a difference. It’s great to see the values of these kids and that their values are a part of their character going forward in life.
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. (Family, friends, food and the nice life I have here)
K: Being thankful for everything we have, friends, family; how lucky we are to be living in Canada in a safe country. (Added the family dog to list)
Me: What’s the fun part of Thanksgiving?
D: Having family and friends over and sharing food. (Same)
K: Being with family and friends we haven’t seen in awhile. (Same with addition of decorating her room for Thanksgiving)
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. (All of those plus mashed potatoes)
K: Stuffing, turkey and apple crumble. (Added mashed potatoes and getting pumpkins)
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. (Added for all people to be happy and safe)
K: I wish for all arguments and wars to be over, for world peace, for the homeless to have homes to live in, food and clean water. (Same although emphasized homes and food for the homeless)
Comments are welcomed.