Last week, I emailed the campus community and asked people to write in about what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. It was one of the best responses we’ve gotten for Green Light! Which means … I’m sharing it all.
Read on to see what your peers are most appreciative for this Thanksgiving, and THANK YOU for your wonderful responses. We hope the rest of your week is restful, joyous … and, of course, delicious.
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is spending time with family that I don’t get to see often. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my family, great friends, the ability to get an education, a great church community, and Christmas getting closer because all of these things make me so happy!” ~Taylor Boutall, early childhood education student
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is putting a tree up for Christmas. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my kids and finacée because they are all I have.” ~ Tiffaney Dowell, early childhood education student
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is eating all the good food and desserts. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my husband because he is a good man.” ~Allison Erbach, human services student
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is eating and then falling into a Thanksgiving coma. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my boyfriend’s stepmom because she’s making sure to make extra soft foods for me due to getting my wisdom teeth removed!” ~ Jordan Brown, visual communications student
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is cooking for the entire family. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for living in the United States because I can complain about the recent election, choose to vote or not vote, support or not support the current or upcoming administration, both state and national—say things are not OK—and the next day, I continue to be free! I am also thankful for all of those who came before me and risked their lives for my rights to vote, as well as my right to voice my opinion, practice my religion, marry whomever I choose, and live life how I see fit.” ~Ruth Davis, human services assistant professor
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is breaking out the good plates! This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the animals in my life because they keep me calm after tests get me stressed!” ~Pamela Walton, American Honors ambassador
“This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my family because this year my family was blessed with a new member! My youngest child was born this year, and she will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving.” ~Brittany Allen, early childhood education student
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is relaxing and looking forward to time with family (eating, playing games, laughing, and just soaking it all in). This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for the continued health and safety of all my family and friends because in a year’s time, a lot happens, and each day should be a day of thanks. Throughout life, we all experience times of happiness and heartache, but taking the time to focus on what’s closest and important to us is what makes it all worth it. Life is short, so take some time and recognize the little things. (Oh yeah, and Thanksgiving night is when I trigger the lighting of my holiday lights.)” ~Andrew Welch, Marketing and Communications executive director
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is having a BIG family meal and putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my family and life in general because oftentimes, we tend to take both for granted, and as I get older, I’ve learned to focus on two very important things, and they are to cherish EVERY moment and to NOT sweat the small stuff!” ~Kim Barnett-Johnson, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs
Winans and family
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is looking through all of the crazy Black Friday ads with family. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my family because they support, encourage, and love me no matter what, and they are always there for me.” ~Nicole Winans, Ivy Tech Northeast student