The meaning of Thanksgiving – out of the mouths of babes

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends, family, and neighbours and I’m
Christian Robicheau at the business desk wishing everyone the true meaning
of Thanksgiving.
It’s a time for us to appreciate what we have and to give Thanks for the
country in which we live!
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Donna J. Jodhan chimes in with her thoughts.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!


The meaning of Thanksgiving
By Donna J. Jodhan

All I can say is that sometimes kids do indeed ask some of the most
interesting questions; and this is what I encountered a few days ago when a
six year old asked me this question.

I paused and hesitated and then I decided to be truthful, honest, and to
provide a response that would hopefully resonate with this youngster.

As she sat comfortably on my lap waiting for me to answer her question I
gathered my thoughts together and this is what I said.

I told her that to me, Thanksgiving means that I give thanks for living in a
country where I do not need to worry about such things as freezing in winter
because I have warm clothes to wear and warm blankets on my bed.
I do not need to worry about food because there are so many things for me to
eat, drink, and to share with others.
I do not need to worry about not having the Internet in my home because it
is almost always available to me.
I do not have to be concerned over not having fresh running water to drink,
to cook with, or to have my shower and bath with because we have so much of
it in Canada.
I do not need to be concerned about not having electricity; lights that
stay on almost all of the time because they do stay on almost all of the

I shared other reasons of the meaning of Thanksgiving with my little friend
and then I waited for her to respond and after a minute or so she said very

“Auntie Donna! I am thankful that I live in Canada and I thank God for my
parents, my brothers and sisters, and then! I thank God that I can play
with my friends outside and don’t have to worry about the bad guys coming to
kill me! We don’t have any war here.”

Out of the mouths of babes!

A plate loaded with a turkey dinner
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