By: Kaylee Bowling (freshman in high school)
Thanksgiving is a time of love and gratitude. It’s a time to spend with close fiends and family and let them know what you are thankful for. When people think about what they are thankful for it’s all the same. Some say they are must happy to have a roof over their heads and food in their fridge. For others it may be that they survived another year. These are the easy things to say but it’s much more difficult to think of things that have a deeper impact.
Today I came with my step dad to work. Everyone was chilling in the downstairs office listening to him speak. I was just leaning against the stair railing half listening to my iPod and him at the same time. He said that X Factor’s gratitude show inspired him to do some sort of gratitude circle so he went around asking everyone what they are grateful for. Everyone said the same things, they are thankful for being sober, having the opportunity to work for BTS Communications and to not spend another holiday locked up. When John got to me I couldn’t really think of anything on the spot. ‘Food’ I said. Cool shows how grateful I am. I wondered why I couldn’t think of anything more. There is so much I should be thankful for, why didn’t I just say something other then food? So I listened to John speak. His gratitude was really meaningful and personalized. He said he was thankful for his new office, newborn nephew, family and other personal things. I won’t say word for word what he said but it made me happy to hear something different. I wanted to share what I was really happy for too, and it’s not just food.
Now that I can take a moment to analyze everything, I know that I m appreciative for a bunch of things, for one my brother Austin. Yes that must be a shocker to some people but he has been helpful just letting me know he is willing to listen to me. Even though I don’t always accept his help I am thankful for being able to trust him. I am also tremendously grateful for Beit T’Shuvah. Without it my mom would have never gotten sober and I would still live in foster homes. She would not have met John and gotten married. I still wouldn’t have a dad, but she did get sober. She got me out of foster care and I have John as my father, which I never thought I could have. I am grateful for my life being turned around and my family being brought together. I also couldn’t be more thankful for the friends I have…they are everything to me. When all hope is lost in my dramatic teenage life they are there for me. And when I am content they keep me that way. I am grateful I have gone through so much with people who make me happy to be alive and discover true friendship.
Now obviously I appreciate a roof over my head and food in the fridge, to have been able to survive another year, but there is so much more, I just had to put a little thought into it. So now I ask you… what are you really thankful for?