By Cameron Crane
This November has been a month of gratitude at Little Pickle Press. We have explored what it means to be grateful, how to recognize things we are grateful for in our every day lives, and what expressing this gratitude looks like. We talked about Thanksgiving memories and the true meaning of the holiday. Today, we get to hear four young perspectives on what being thankful really means to children.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year?
Nick (6 years old): “We went over to my cousin Jason’s house. I go over there all the time, but this time there was everybody over there.”
Sam (6 years old): “We had lots of food. That’s what you do on Thanksgivings. Turkey and mashed potatoes and a glass of milk…”
Adam (8 years old): “Well my brother and I played a lot outside, but it was pretty busy. And then we had dinner with my mom and my dad and my little sister.”
Ashley (9 years old): “A lot of food, my mom cooked with my Aunt Lisa. And a lot of talking.”
Do you know what it means to be thankful?
Nick & Sam: “It means saying thank you.”
Adam: “It means to be glad that you have things. Like, not a toy. Or it could be a toy, but more like your brother or sister.”
Ashley: “It means saying thank you, but not the way you usually do. It means kind of like saying thank you to everything.”
Why is it important to be thankful?
Nick: “It’s important because when someone does something nice, you say thank you.”
Sam: “That’s why we have Thanksgiving.”
Adam: “Well…that’s a good question. I have to think about that. I know why, but I can’t think of how to say it.”
Ashley: “Because it shows that you care.”
What were you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Nick: “My stuff and my house and my cousins and my family.”
Sam: “Umm…for everything…”
Adam: “Oh, a lot. For my family and my little brother and sister.”
Ashley: “I have five things. We made turkeys, and on each wing we wrote something we were thankful for. And there were five so I had five. I don’t remember them now though.”
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