Besides making Turkeys this week with my grade 1 class for Thanksgiving, I introduced them to the following poem:
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup (x2) (Thank you, thank you, thank you very much)
Merci pour les fleurs, (Thank you for the flowers)
Merci pour les arbres, Thank you for the trees)
Et pour le soleil (And for the sun)
Qui brille sur moi! (That shines on me)
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup. (Thank you, thank you, thank you very much)
Using this poem as a springboard, we spent the week reflecting on what we are thankful for. My personal reflections are that I am thankful for:
- My family. They bring joy to my life everyday and I am thankful that I have them in my life.
- A supportive husband. A man who is there to listen to my worries and to support me when things are not going the way I had planned.
- Respectful and loving children.
- My health. I am thankful that I can get up every morning pain free; that I am able to walk, see, hear and speak.
- The food that I eat and the roof over my head. These may seem like simple things but there are many who do not have these basic necessities.
Today is a day we stay home from work and spend time with our families. And as I hold mine close, I know that I am blessed.
To all my Canadian readers, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving:
What are you thankful for?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012