I had a very good childhood. There were hardships that we as children noticed – we noticed when our parents were stressed, or when dinners in started to seem stretched, literally butter spread too thin on a piece of bread – but those are middle-class normalizes. As a parent now I realize what my parents may have had to tackle to provide what they did. I am thankful of the sacrifices both my parents made with the options they had to provide for us what they believed was the best, and indeed I see now how much I had and what a difference it made in my world view. I am so thankful for their sacrifices today and what it means for my children.
Today I continue to be thankful about my place in the world and the place where I am able to raise my boys. I am truly grateful, so grateful it hurts, that we live in a place where most horrors of reality are far from our place behind giant redwoods and mountains. My boys will most likely never know hunger, pain or loss the way many children in the world must. I am thankful for that.
Most of this is out of my own control, my ancestors embarked on a journey to the United States several generations ago. Their trip was no doubt difficult, but their lives were all the better for it. Their children’s lives were better for it, my life and my children’s lives are the better for it. Without that trip and their hardship I would not be so comfortable in my isolated and safe home. I am thankful for that.
I am thankful for those people in the world who are not my family members, whose decisions and sacrifices I do not know have kept my family out of harm. There are too many people and places and things that have changed the course of my life, I am thankful for those too, because where I am today is just so good.
Being thankful doesn’t seem like enough to show my whole gratitude for the joy that I have when I am with my family. But that is the word that I have that I can share when I think of all the life-altering choices that have been made which have left me in such a beautiful life.
I'll be thinking about this on Thanksgiving, but also every day. Knowing that luck and hard work played a part in all that I have - and just how precious these moments with my family are.