I am thankful to all the authors who have enriched my life with their wisdom, humor and compassion. So much I who I am and what I do comes from the books I have met in my life. Thanksgiving celebrates our capacity to be thankful usually with a culinary feast but I believe that chicken soup is not the only ‘comfort food’ we can offer people. And let me draw attention to children for a moment.
I believe that if we give children the love and attention they need and we put in their memory banks, the wisdom and sentiments from the best of books for children, they will have what they need to go out into the world, thrive and be their best selves. Every parent wants the best for their child and engaging with children through conversation about what matters—provides parents a vehicle to offer children our attention, our hearts and our minds. I do believe that attention is the greatest gift we can offer children.
When I want to ponder the idea of being thankful, I often think of Emily in Wilder’s Our Town who said: “I didn’t realize all that was going on and never noticed. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.