Thoughts for families and Thanksgiving

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? It’s my favorite holiday as holidays go. It’s for everyone no matter your background, religion, country of origin or ethnicity. It has universal appeal as Americans or residing in America, and celebrates our harvest, friends and family, and being fortunate to have food and sustenance. The one negative about it is that here in NY it’s getting colder and that it ushers in the winter!

Still, it’s a wonderful time for friends and family to share traditions and to be thankful and generous to others who may be in need. It’s a terrific time to volunteer to help brings meals to neighbors who may either be alone or unable to be mobile. There are many organizations, both citywide and local, where your efforts will not go unappreciated.

Having your kids participate in volunteer projects is a wonderful learning tool and will put in motion a spirit of community that will forever impact their lives. Our article on Thanksgiving Traditions gives a number of good ideas for ways to “give back”. Myrna Beth Haskell is one of my favorite of our writers and I am thankful for her. I am also thankful for the many other wonderful talented people who write for us and are on our small but devoted staff.

I am also thankful to be a parent. I have never gotten over the miracle of new life and the awesomeness of the opportunity and responsibility inherent in this role of guide, leader and caregiver. Once again, as I often say, “love is the answer”.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a good month in spite of earlier darkness, colder weather and heavier clothing. The good news is pumpkin spice, sweet potato pie and roasted veggies.

Happy Holiday! Thanks for reading.