We’ve never been the kind of family that’s gone around the table telling each other what we’re thankful for, though I always wished we could have been. However, I think it was assumed why we were thankful for the things we were thankful for… though those things were unspoken on Thanksgiving.
However, as I’ve grown older, and more sentimental, I’ve decided that I want to make sure those around me, specifically my students, know that I’m thankful to have them in my life. Therefore, I spent time hand-making card inserts and small envelopes, with a fall theme, for each of my students. Then, on my flight to San Antonio, I composed a note to each of my students telling them that I was thankful to have them in my class (and a specific reason why I am thankful they’re my student). I sealed each one with an envelope seal and wrote their name on the front. When I was finished, my hand hurt, but I felt pleased with what I did.
I haven’t given the cards to my students yet. I’m not sure how they’ll react. After all, I never had a teacher tell me they were thankful to have me on their class on Thanksgiving. However, I think our society has come to equate Thanksgiving with food and door-buster sales, which is why I wanted to take some time to show my students what I think Thanksgiving is all about… being thankful for those around you.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.