What do you have to be thankful for?

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Old 11-19-03, 11:58 AM
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What do you have to be thankful for?

What is the meaning of Thanksgiving in 2003? To whom are we to be thankful at? What if you are not thankful for anything?

Did the person or persons who first started ThanksGiving have a lot or very little to be thankful for? Should we think & wonder about the Holidays we celebrate? What do you think?

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Old 11-19-03, 11:04 PM
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I thought all holidays were for crowds at the mall and walmart. Hmmm. LOL.

unfortunately, that seems to be the gist of holidays anymore.

I have plenty to be thankful for...more than I can type. Most importantly, I am thankful for the Good Lord sending his son for us, my family and friends, good food and shelter, my health, that I live in the USA, my success with a growing business, deer and rifles, fish and fishing poles, etc...etc...

I hope you and everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
 
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Old 11-21-03, 10:21 PM
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cheese said:
I thought all holidays were for crowds at the mall and walmart.

Well for some who only look that deep I suppose that's about it. However you have looked much deeper into your heart & see so much more.

Most everything you mentioned is what I give thanks for each & everyday. So just what & why do we celebrate this day for today in the year 2003? Other than the retailers of course .
 
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Old 11-22-03, 06:28 PM
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I have so much to be thankful for I don't know where to begin. Every year its pretty much the same thing, just better. I am grateful that I have a home. Not a better, fancier home - just one that is safe to live in, and keeps us safe from the elements.

I am grateful for my family's health. We've all had boughts of virii etc, but we have no major illnesses to deal with, and the injuries that Elizabeth sustained in the attack on her are just about healed (with the exception of needing a root canal on those teeth). I am grateful that we are dealing with root canals, not burying my daughter.

Food on the table. I walked down memory lane and even though I've never truly gone hungry and we aren't eating steaks right now we do have food on the table and in the cabinets.

I am grateful for my husband. He works every day to take care of me and three children (that aren't even his). He is there for us emotionally as well as financially. He loves and cares for us. Never has to tell us that because it shows in his actions. He tells us too which is icing on the cake. He's is also very tolerate and supportive since I am hard headed and want to attempt every project (home improvement or repair) on my own.

I am grateful for our military. If its wasn't for those past and present I wouldn't have many of the things listed above to be grateful for anymore.

I am also grateful for my higher power. Without Him, I would still be a disgrace to society and still be hurting my family and other loved ones. That is - if I was still alive, which I doubt would be the case.

Too many things to list....

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Old 11-22-03, 07:27 PM
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Smile Too many things to list.

In the begining we were taught that Thanksgiving was a celibration of one Culture helping another culture find food food & learn to survive. Survive to conquer a Huge hunk of land & develop it the way our Culture wanted it to be.

Knowing the history between then & now I wondered if those who fed the newcomers were thankful today in 2003. Did they celebrate Thanksgiving also today? As we each see one more year go by, we understand just how precious life is & how soon it could be gone for a friend or loved one.

I would go as far as to say everyday is Thanksgiving to me. So do you think Thanksgiving has been kept alive by Businesses, in order to get more sales than if it were just another day? I question in order to better understand my Culture.

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Old 11-22-03, 08:24 PM
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It is sad how the holidays have become so commercialized. There was time when Thanksgiving was just that: being thankful for our freedom and all our old and newfound blessings.

Christmas was a birthday celebration. Now I deal with my kids' wish lists. Its not a day of giving (gifts of love and gratitude, not of gifts) for them, but a day of what am I getting or what did I get. No one appreciates the birthday cake I make. They just want to eat it. I have a terrible time fighting this commercialism when so many of the kids friend's and our family members get caught up in it, too. I just can't compete or explain the true meanings. Why should we get gifts that day? It isn't our birthday.

They are disappointed at Christmas. Yes, relatives do play into the commercialism and give give give. We don't here. If I buy the kids anything large it is after the first of the year, usually in February or so.

Instead of spending the days (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) thinking of how blessed we are, its spent getting stuff or focusing on a meal. I'm not a historian by any means. Didn't do well in the subject in high school. I do remember that the Thanksgiving meal, the first one, was a gathering of new friends celebrating a year of accomplishment and adjustment in living together. For us, not native americans, it was a time to show our gratefulness to the native americans for helping us settle in here. It was a day that was of thanking for the support of both new americans and native americans.

I'll keep trying. I will not give in LOL.

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Old 11-27-03, 06:06 PM
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it's fun to think that americans really celebrate thanksgiving.. i kanda like it.. though in my country, we don't. there's no such thing as a Thanksgiving holiday here.. it's a sad fact.. However, it's also funny to think that my mom want to imitate the amricans.. we even bought turkey for dinner and it's even rare in our country. we don't breed turkeys here.. haha.. and yet we eat it for dinner.. shucks..
 
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Old 12-16-03, 09:27 PM
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Pajamas: where are you from? you should fill in your Location on your profile so everyone will know! i'm going to guess Australia?

KayByrd: what on earth happened to your daughter? she was attacked?? how horrible! i hope she's alright and justice was served to her attacker?
 
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Pajamas: where are you from?
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Old 12-17-03, 05:30 AM
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Annette,

Here's the link to the thread about it:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...hreadid=141620

Thank you, she's okay now but the boy didn't get anything done to him. That's okay I guess. He'll be 18 in 6 months. Then he won't be able to hide behind the juvenile system anymore. I just can't afford to hire an atty right now. I may try again in the new year when work picks up for my husband, and my ex husband starts working again and send money to help.

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Old 12-17-03, 08:48 AM
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wow! i'm speechless. but i guess that's okay since it looks like it's all been said already! it's just senseless, that's all. and i'm so sorry it happened.

my oldest will be starting kindergarten next year and we're trying to decide where to send him: public, private or to the Catholic schools (we're Catholic) both of us went to public schools and we thought it was just fine, but that was 20 years ago, too. i'd like to think i don't have anything to worry about with them just in elementary school, but i guess anything's possible these days. we have a good friend who's a teacher at the public school he'd be going to, and she speaks very highly of the school and its principal (and she's taught at several in town), so we feel pretty good about it. i suppose if we were unhappy enough with a school, we could always move him. but i want to choose right the first time so i wouldn't have to uproot him from friends he'd made. i don't know.....it's a big, scary decision!

i suppose what happened to your daughter could've happened anywhere, though. a parking lot, at the mall, anywhere. it just so happened to be at that bus stop, so i guess i'm associating it with school, but she could've brushed by him in a store and he could've done that to her in the parking lot. i suppose, if nothing else, i could just avoid the whole "bus" thing and take my kids to school every morning. fortunately both my husband and i have the luxury of having jobs & bosses that don't mind us not being at work right at 8:00am. obviously, while he's still really little, that WILL be what we'll do.

see what i'm doing? i'm desperately trying to learn from your misfortune in order to avoid it happening to me and my kids, but there's just no amount of planning that can do that - which is so frustrating to me. your daughter was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. she was the proverbial innocent bystander. good grief - if all she did was unknowingly brush up against him, he was just a loose cannon waiting to go off.

it's all just so senseless. again, i'm so sorry it had to happen, and especially to your daughter. but like you said, you're thankful it wasn't worse. and so am i.
 
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Old 12-17-03, 09:05 AM
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Annette,

It could have happened anywhere. I moved away from Memphis where fighting was a constant thing in schools out there. This is a rare occurance in the schools here, but it still will happen. The extent of the damage was caused by the ring. If he hadn't had the ring on the damage would have been a lot less, a whole lot less.

I went to a private school. I will tell you this. The violence isn't less, just off campus more than in public school which is more dangerous to me since there are fewer adults around to intervene. The drugs were awful when I was in school and I graduated in 1980. Seems that in private schools there are all these kids with too much money and too much freedom.

I also believe that my daughter is choosing her friends better now that this has happened. Running with a not-so-good group (not the really bad kids) still puts you at risk of being in a position where you can get hurt. We did find out that he had intended to hit the girl that was taunting him and poking him from behind. He thought it was my daughter. It wasn't. It was, however, one of her friends standing in the same group with Elizabeth.

She's learning the hard way, I'm afraid. She's me made over

It wasn't but a few weeks later that she made a mis-judgement, got into a car with some people she didn't know and the car ended up running into a house. She was perfectly fine after that one, but the ER bills, doctors bills, etc are steadily mounting up here. Of course my insurance company is trying to get the monies from the responsible parties, and withholding payment from the drs, etc until they either get the money or discover they can't. Until then - I get dunned for it. Some I've already paid since I need to be able to continue to take her for checkups, etc.

Thankful for: she's okay. Its all good, and we're still the good guys LOL.

Kay
 
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Old 12-20-03, 03:05 AM
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yup philippines
 
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Old 12-20-03, 09:04 AM
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Hi Pajamas

I went on R&R back in 1969 to the philippines. A beautiful Country with very friendly people, & Great food.
 
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