Thanksgiving Reflections

By Teresa Barbian


Thanksgiving is a time that most people reflect on what they are thankful for. If you compare different age groups, chances are what they are thankful for are quite different. A young child may be thankful for a new toy they received. A teenager may be thankful for their phone. A young adult may be thankful for their job. Older adults are more likely to be thankful for their health and family. I took to the streets to see just what our Anson folks are thankful for.

As I guessed, the first thing the adults said was, “family.” When I talked to the teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised when the majority of them said, “family.” When I talked to pre-k and kindergarteners I couldn’t help but silently chuckle as the number one thing they said was, “pumpkin pie”.

As I pondered my own life, of course my first answer was my family. But as I thought some more a few other things came to mind. Freedom was one thing. I am thankful that I am able to choose how to live my life, how I worship, and how I can have a different political view than my neighbor. Something odd that also came to mind was my mistakes. I am thankful for the mistakes that I have made because they have made me who I am today. Everyone makes mistakes, and there are some people who choose not to learn from them. Learning from our mistakes makes us stronger and better people.

Here are what some of our Anson folks are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Janice Freeman said, “I am thankful that my husband is still alive and for all of God’s blessings He has bestowed on me. I am also thankful for my children and grandchildren.” Whitney Ortega said, “Work and family, especially my new husband.” Karyn Cooper replied, “Family.” Lacey Hansen said, “Family, husband, and kids.” She also said, “I love my kids, but I am thankful that they are all grown and out of the house. Now when my husband and I want to go or do something, we don’t have to worry about where the kids are.” Rob Hartman said, “Family, I am always thankful for them.” Cheryl Rice said, “I am thankful for my family and my church family. I am thankful that Jesus died for me and because of him I have hope and every day I wake up with good health.”

As I said earlier, I was pleasantly surprised when I talked to some teenagers. Here are some of their responses. Ryan Flint, “Living every day.” Creed Williams said, “Life, having a roof over my head, all good things.” Hannah Flores, “Family.” Peyton Goza, “Family and friends.” Jenna Munoz, “Family.” Gabriel Camargo said, “Friends and my mom.” Dallas Camargo said, “Everything.” Ashley Rodriguez said, “Family and God.”

The pre-k and kindergarteners really put a smile on my face. Here are their responses. Matthew Collier said he was thankful for Indians. Hunter Lindsey said he was thankful for houses. Illian Galvan said she was thankful for her family. And Hemee Peacock said she was thankful for being able to take care of people. This age group was also thankful for food, milk, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, moms, teachers, toys, and even some shrugging of the shoulders. I think most of the food answers could have been because they were eating lunch when I talked to them.

Whatever you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, let us not forget our soldiers who are overseas and will not be with their families this season. From everyone here at the Anson American, we hope you have a very safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day.

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