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Emma says ...
I am most thankful for the Thanksgiving I am about to have this year. I'm away at college and terribly homesick and can't wait to be back with my family, even if just for the weekend. We've also had some scares with family members battling cancer in the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to getting more time with them. And finally, I'm moving to Australia in a few months and wont be home for potentially a year or two and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be the last times I see my family before I leave.
11/19/2011 12:32:01 AM CST
Ingemar Hulthage says ...
My first Thanksgiving in the US as a grad student, a fellow student invited to share the holiday with their family.
11/19/2011 1:32:28 AM CST
sallie haynes says ...
My Dad was in the hospital; he had colon cancer. My Mom and I made a turkey but instead of the usual 22 pounder for lots of friends, we cooked a 10 pound bird that we burnt beyond recognition. We looked at each other and started sobbing. Then we dried our eyes, went to the ICU and found out that my Dad was going to be ok, and we could not have cared less about the awful turkey. I think we had grilled cheese that year and were beyond thankful.
11/19/2011 2:27:34 AM CST
m hurson says ...
I am thankful for this years Thanksgiving. Even though there will not be a homemade meal this year due to my step-mother's eye surgery. And even though I cannot make my grandparents dinner because my grandmother is in physical therapy for knee surgery, I still get to go out to dinner with my Grandfather and two aunts. I am thankful for my Grandfather because regardless of what is going on, and how bleak things seem to be, he finds a way to make things better.
11/19/2011 8:41:54 AM CST
Angela Scarpinito says ...
My grandmother who was born in Cork, Ireland in 1895. She emigrated to this country in 1905 thru Ellis Island with her sisters. Her mother died when she was 2 yrs old and she was raised by her older sisters. She raised me as a child in NY and brought her traditional Irish ways into our traditional Thanksgiving holiday. Her food was very plain and very good. She would grow her own garden and grandma taught me how to do canning. Granny was an original organic farmer. Granny also taught me how to knit and sew on a non-electric Singer sewing machine I still have today. I say a prayer for her everyday and miss her greatly. Happy Thanksgiving to Granny!
11/19/2011 11:50:22 AM CST
nosogirl says ...
I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving. I will be traveling to spend it with my family who lives 3 states away. Normally I don't got home for Thanksgiving. My bi-annual visits are Easter and Christmas. But my dad had a heart attack this past Labor Day. Thankfully he's fine, but it spurred me into deciding that I needed to be with the family for Thanksgiving, too. Family - and time - are too precious.
11/19/2011 12:30:29 PM CST
Laura says ...
This Thanksgiving is my favorite, because not only will I be with my immediate and extended family, but my dad is flying my 15 year-old son and I to Boston, and we are driving from there to Manchester, New Hampshire, for an Andre Rieue concert! My dad loves this unique, fun-loving conductor so much, that he wants to share the musical and memory-making experience with us! So, I'm super thankful for my family, and especially my generous 79 year-old Dad, particularly since my son loves classical music and just made the local symphony youth orchestra!
11/19/2011 1:33:00 PM CST
Rebecca says ...
I am most thankful for my most recent Thanksgiving, as it was the last one I got to spend with my grandfather. In fact, this Thanksgiving was the last time I ever saw my grandfather. Each year, my family gathers at my own house, where my mother cooks for days and days to prepare. We all sit together at a very large table in our dining room, and continue to sit for hours together eating and talking. We always go around the table and share what we are most thankful for, which has always proved to be a really nice thing to do. I am so thankful that I got to spend about twenty years of my own life with my grandfather, and that the last time I saw him, he told us he was most thankful to have his family in his life.
11/19/2011 1:45:20 PM CST
Ana says ...
I'm grateful for my salvation,my family and friends,for the hard times that have taught me unvaluable lessons nad for this great country we live in!!!
11/19/2011 2:31:51 PM CST
Mels says ...
I am most thankful for the Thanksgiving of 2008. In 2007 I spend the holiday alone, for a variety of reasons, and it was truly one of the sadder moments of my life. By 2008 the person that I missed so terribly had returned, and as a result, it was one of the sweetest,warmest, funniest Thanksgivings I have ever experienced. 3 years later, we are still here :)
11/19/2011 3:00:32 PM CST
Erika says ...
I am most thankful for the Thanksgiving celebration my family will share together this year. This year has been one of the most challenging of years we have faced together. Problems keep arising from all directions: I have been battling a chronic disease which keeps me from being able to work and go to school, my sisters both moved away from home, finances have been extrememly tight because of doctor bills, and we don't know what the next few months will hold. However, through all of this, we have realized how important it is for the family to stick together and to love one another no matter what. Our family will finally be together this Thanksgiving for the first time since the beginning of the year. I am so thankful for my family and for the memories to be created this Thanksgiving!
11/19/2011 3:31:46 PM CST
Jean says ...
I'm thankful that I can help prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meal for the homeless taking shelter in the basement of an inner-city church. They are so grateful that someone takes some time to help them with food and shelter.
11/19/2011 4:29:41 PM CST
Alex Tan says ...
For access to the plentiful harvest of the earth bounties, From four corner of the world or nearby counties, We are thankful, God. For giving health back to my wife and family, And Macy's sale and Whole Food's Friday special, We are grateful, too. For our peace amidst diversity and differences, Despite all the world's turmoils, We thank you all.
11/19/2011 5:22:39 PM CST
Leigh Stevens says ...
I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving because it will be a time of reflection, joy and sorrow. The joy will come as we celebrate our son's, who we brought home from China, first thanksgiving but bittersweet as we cherish my father-in-law's last thanksgiving due to terminal cancer.
11/19/2011 5:44:46 PM CST
Gretchen says ...
Alison's reply above is my pick for a win, though I could sure use the $50 in Thanksgiving yummy fixins from Whole Foods Markets to share with my parents, 92 and 96! It is well-known among caregivers of our elders that we are soon into our retirement funds (with 10% penalty hence not recommended!) because we cannot work. My last day of work was 7/11/11 due to Dad's suddenly needing hospitalization 6x and 7 weeks of home rehabilitation from what he calls "diapers" (depends) to briefs 24/7 every 2 hours bladder training. My sisters (8-10 hours away) think I need to "get a life" and that if they were in his condition, they would rather be dead. Oops. I know we will never share values and have learned to accept "agreeing to disagree" and care very much that they have enough quality time with our parents and information on their health. I have been living with Dad 4 years (because he asked me to) in order for him to be able to live at home, 4 blocks from Mother's nursing home. We bring Mother fresh fruits and vegetables and feed her every day, so she is living a lot longer than the average nursing home stay (2 years). I take them out to the Safari, restaurants, anything to keep them interested and get Vitamin D3. Now it is 2 wheel chairs simultaneously. Tomorrow I will bring Mother to Dad's rehabilitation facility (hip-socket fracture 3 weeks ago), bringing dinner at lunchtime. Yesterday we went out with my 3 sisters to a museum-lighthouse fresh seafood restaurant and Mother smiled a lot to see all her daughters together. They have left now, but Thanksgiving a la Whole Foods Market would be so nice and I could tell them we won something!
11/19/2011 6:37:06 PM CST
JB says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for is the one we're about to have. I'm going to spend it with my siblings for the first time in many years.
11/19/2011 7:05:20 PM CST
Christine says ...
I'm particularly happy that my friend Tony will be returning from his tour-of-duty in Afghanistan soon.
11/19/2011 6:53:34 PM CST
Fallan Patterson says ...
This Thanksgiving I am most thankful for my son. He brightens my day by singing songs, "shaking his butt" (dancing), and painting. He always has a beautiful outlook on life and makes me feel so special when he runs up to me, gives me a hug and says he loves me. My life wouldn't be complete without him in it.
11/19/2011 6:48:46 PM CST
Sylvia says ...
I am most thankful for last year's Thanksgiving. My entire family within an hour's radius got together, and we spent a few hours together; the kids playing games, and the older kids watching football. The food was delicious, and I'm thankful for the memories!
11/19/2011 8:57:04 PM CST
Adela Vanremoortere says ...
I'm greatful for not bring homeless, for a beautiful family, and for the simple things like the existence of Wholefoods and other vendors bringing healthy alternatives to consumers. I'm thankful to Steve Jobbs or his contributions. Mostly thankful to all those humanitarians that volunteer across the globe.
11/19/2011 8:33:42 PM CST
Angie Tyrpak says ...
This Thanksgiving I have been given the opportunity to celebrate with my family. Although this is always something to be thankful for, this year I am cancer-free and that has given me a more thankful attitude on Thanksgiving and every other day of the year! :)
11/19/2011 9:04:49 PM CST
Christine says ...
The Thanksgiving that sticks out most in my mind is the Thanksgiving I wasn't home for. I was in school and going home (~600 miles away) for one weekend and then coming right back to finals didn't seem like a good idea. So, I spent the actual Day of Thanksgiving alone, house and cat-sitting for a friend. When I did make it home, two weeks later, there was a turkey dinner with all my favorite fixings. I'll be away from home this Thanksgiving Day again, but that first Thanksgiving Day away from my family taught me that any day with my family can be Thanksgiving.
11/19/2011 9:32:26 PM CST
Yessenia Tinoco says ...
Thanksgiving last year. I found out I was going to be a mommy and grateful to have an amazing husband. He is my hero. Everyone helps with the cookiNg so it's exiting each year. We always go around the table before anyone eats and say what were most thankful for that year.
11/20/2011 12:53:58 AM CST
Tracy says ...
I am a single mom, and I have two disabled children who are now 20 and 21. They have both been through things no one should ever have to go through. I am so grateful this Thanksgiving to be able to be with them both and see them doing so well after having suffered so many challenges. My son is in his first year of college, something that I often wondered if he would ever be able to handle, and is thriving and doing well academically! He lives alone and has learned how to be self-sufficient, which I am so proud of him. He has been gone from home since the beginning of May, which is the longest he has ever been away from home, and he asked me if I would like him to bring anything back from New Orleans for Thanksgiving Dinner (he goes to Tulane)!!! That's a miracle for him given his brain injury and his difficulties with organization. Usually it doesn't occur to him that there is a holiday unless I tell him and prepare him! He even won a scholarship to college, which has made all the difference for him financially. My daughter, who is Autistic and Epileptic, is doing so much better recently with an increase in her medication and is now talking up a storm, which is so gratifying. We will have to practice saying, "Happy Thanksgiving!"
11/19/2011 11:57:34 PM CST
Mary Campbell says ...
I was 11 years old when my most thankful Thanksgiving happened. My sister, Margaret, who was 13, and I fought almost constantly and I used to wish that she would just go away since she usually won the fights. Then it happened. She did go away to the hospital four days before Thanksgiving. She had a case of poison rash so sudden and severe that she had to be fed intravenously since her mouth was affected. I worried about her constantly and actually missed her. Finally, on Thanksgiving morning I asked Mom where Dad was and she told me that he went to pick up Margaret to bring her home. I was so thankful to have her back and well again.
11/20/2011 6:57:30 AM CST

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