Letters to the editor
November 27, 2013
For this, we are thankful
Editor's note: In today's edition, The Aspen Times is printing Thanksgiving letters from Aspen Elementary School fourth-graders with an introduction from their teacher.
"To be human is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life."
This is how the Native American Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation for the Earth and all its inhabitants, begins. Aspen Elementary School fourth-graders discussed what it means to be thankful for all the important things, tangible and intangible, in our lives. Some of these things we might take for granted because we have never had to do without them.
The purposes of the writing activity were to create an awareness of how fortunate we are to be living with our families in such natural beauty and abundance and also to express a sense of gratitude. Each child wrote a personal Thanksgiving address to read to his or her family. Hopefully, their words will flow through your family's hearts and echo through the whole valley as people show similar gratitude for all that is truly important in their lives.
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I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for loving family because they've done so much for me, like buy food and do way more different and wonderful things for me. I'm also thankful for the trees and plants, because they give us oxygen, pencils and paper, and without them our world wouldn't be as beautiful. I'm thankful for the white snow, because it reminds me of sugar falling from the sky, just waiting for me to catch it on my tongue. I'm also thankful for my amazing friends and family around me, because when I'm feeling sick or scared, they are there for me. I am thankful for so many things that I could write 1 million pages!
I am thankful for my wonderful parents because they feed me, help me and are nice to me. I am thankful for my amazing friends because they are always there for me, no matter what. I am thankful for refreshing water, because it keeps me alive and I can have fun swimming in it. I am thankful for the breezy air, because it cools me when I am hot. I am thankful for my unique family — my sisters, my brother, my mom and my dad — because they help me whenever I need it. I am thankful for my fabulous pets, because they always keep me company and come to me when I'm sad. I am thankful for the brave soldiers because they protect us from harm. I could write all year about the reasons why I'm thankful.
I am thankful for the white, puffy clouds in the sky. I also am thankful for my caring family, because they give me comfort when I'm hurt. Another thing I'm thankful for is the white, crisp snow that is like tiny marshmallows falling from the sky. One other thing I am thankful for is beautiful flowers. Without flowers the world would be a whole different place. I'm thankful for so many things, I could write for a decade.
I am thankful for my great pets, because they are like my royal jokers. They cheer me up when I am sad. I am thankful for my caring family, because they are like birds that guide me into flight, safely. I am so thankful for beautiful trees, because they keep the air clean and help me breathe. I am thankful for a good education, because it will help me be smarter in life. I am thankful for Aspen's fun outside activities, because they help me exercise. I am thankful for so many things, I could write a book!
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. I am thankful for my family. I could never love them more. They are always so kind, even when I'm angry as can be. My mother and father are always comforting and supporting me when I need it. Even though my sisters and I don't always get along, they have my best interests at heart. My elders teach me so much. My family is always there for me, and there is nothing that will make me forget that. If I were to write everything I was thankful for, all the pieces of paper in the world would not be enough.
Being thankful means appreciating. I am thankful for my amazing parents, because if I didn't have parents, I wouldn't be here. I am thankful for my school, because if I didn't have my school, I would not be smart. I am thankful for the mountains, because without them, I couldn't go skiing or snowboarding. I am thankful for my comfy bed, because without my bed, I might be so tired I'd fall asleep. I'm thankful for so many things; I could fill the world with my thankful words on paper.
I am thankful for the hot sun that rubs against my skin on a shiny day. I am thankful for the smooth water that sparkles in the cool moonlight. I am thankful for trees that fill my lungs with oxygen. I am thankful for the brisk snow that turns the mountains into ice cream. I am thankful for my parents for lighting up my world. I am thankful for sports that keep my bones strong. I could write up a storm about the things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for the mountains that gather white marshmallow snow. I appreciate school, because I love learning, and it's very important in my life. I honor my mother and father, who are loving and comforting. I am thankful for animals, because they sacrifice themselves for us to eat. I am thankful for my grandparents for showing me the right ways to do things in life. I honor the Earth for all it gives us.
I'm thankful for my friends, who keep joy in my heart. If I told all I was thankful for, it would never end.
I am thankful for the rushing rivers that make a beautiful sound and give us water to drink. I am thankful for trees that give us shade from the blistering sun and oxygen to breathe. I am thankful for my friends. They make me joyful when I am glum or sad and hang out with me. I am thankful for my family, for they help me with my problems in life, get me things I need and put food on our table and a roof above our heads. I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.
I am thankful for all the birds in the sky. Your singing rocks me to sleep. I am thankful for the clear, blue sky that lights my path. I am thankful for the things that grow in nature, animals for food and plants for food and medicine. I am thankful for the mountains because they give me wonderful hikes and beautiful sights. I am thankful for my house because it gives me shelter, warmth and happiness. I am thankful for my culture because it tells me who I am and who I could be. I am thankful for my parents, grandparents and little brother, because they are always there for me.