Happy Thanksgiving: 10 Things We are Thankful for…

“One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.”  G.E. Lessing

This week’s prompt from Mamakat's Writer's Workshop is all about … Thanksgiving! The five topics give something for everyone and are to the point. Of the five selections listed below, I picked #1 because I liked the idea of it. I have teenagers/young adults so their views are somewhat different from what an adult might choose to be thankful for… Since this is a busy day for everyone, I’ll make this short and sweet…

Mama's Losin' It

It's Thanksgiving time and the show will go on!
1.)   Interview your kids...what do they think Thanksgiving is for? What are they thankful for? etc.
2.) Share a photo of what Thanksgiving looks like in your neck of the woods.
3.) Write a poem about the things you are thankful for.
4.) Describe a memorable Thanksgiving.
5.) Forget Thanksgiving, write about that time you fell down.

I interviewed the teens in my household and their answers were quite interesting; typical teen stuff but priceless. Read the rest below...

What is Thanksgiving all about? I was directed to Wikipedia...
According to the blurb on Wikipedia, “Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. While it may have been religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday. It is sometimes casually referred to as Turkey Day.”

My teens directed me back to the Wiki piece on Thanksgiving; their response was more like, “Mom, who in America doesn’t know the historical, traditional, commercial interpretations of this Thanksgiving Holiday?” Okay… great!

What are you Thankful for?
Our Family
Our Cat
School friends
Taking baths
A good night's rest
A roof over our heads
A good meal; a feast not a famine
Internet access
Kindness shown to us and to others
Upcoming Birthday and Hanukkah gifts; video games, books, etc, etc

For more thanksgiving goodwill, check out Oprah Winfrey’s A World of Gratitude and add a thoughtful comment to the growing snowflakes from around the world.  Read this informative article on Thanksgiving 2010 Myths and Facts via National Geographic, and you may also watch a short movie from Simple Truths: May You Be Blessed   

Take time to enjoy the day and nurture body, mind and soul… What are your children thankful for? Do share!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday Season!

Loi Krathong Festival by
Romain Cintract/Aurora Photos via National Geographic

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too JJ!

  2. I think my four y.o. was thankful that he got to play for six straight hours, shunning any food and being so involved in his fun that he peed his pants.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Eliz! Thank you for stopping by with your thoughtful comment. What a beautiful post, I especially like the prompting to ask our children what they're thankful for.

  4. What a lovely post! Hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! x

  5. You have a wonderful blog and I'm so happy I came across it! I look forward to keeping up with your positive posts! I hope you can follow me back at http://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/

    Peace & Love

  6. My toddler was thankful for the snow she woke up to. Sledding! :)

    Visiting from Writer's Workshop. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!


  7. I'm surprised 'taking baths' was on that list for teenagers! :-)

  8. Cute responses! We learned at our Thanksgiving that not everyone in attendance was thankful for "taking baths", so you should be extra happy for that one ;)

  9. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving comments.

    Asking the children what they are thankful for is a bright idea - it helps them verbalize thoughts that would otherwise just remain unsaid. I believe in the power of speaking out positive words.


  10. My son has joined the conspiracy theorist on Thanksgiving after watching some show that questioned the origins of Thanksgiving...I am in so much trouble! The text book answer about what they are thankful for "Friends and family." He thinks that answer makes me happy....not when said like a robot, I reply.

  11. I'm now following you through The Shibley Smiles Sunday Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

    Sofia's Ideas

  12. Ya know, I'm a high school teacher, so nothing a teenager says would ever surprise me. That being said, I really love some of your kids' responses!

  13. Thanks for linking up with us at MFM. I'm returning your follow from The Thrifty Things. As a mom of teens, I know they often have unpredictable responses but those are sweet.

  14. I just found your lovely blog from making friends monday, wanted to say hi and tell you I love your blog!! :) Have a great week.


  15. Thank you all for your comments. I have stopped by your blogs and enjoyed commenting and reading there... Do stop in again and have a stress-free holiday season!

  16. Wow, that is an amazing photo at the top. And I love your blog design, really well done! Thanks for stopping by, I'll definitely be back here :)

  17. I enjoyed your Thanksgiving post! We go around the table every year and ask what each person is thankful for. It really is a wonderful tradition! :)


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