Giving thanks and helping others
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. First, it is uniquely American (Canadian too!), and yet immigrants of all countries adopt it and customize it — growing up, there was always a side of rice or potato salad for example, and now, my husband (French) usually makes a gratin d’epinards (spinach gratin) to go with the turkey, and we always have wine!
Think about the parents who have lost their children, the families who have lost their possessions and homes, the people who struggle to make ends meet and put food on their table.
We may all come from different places, and have different sides with our turkey, and look differently, but we are all human. The joy, pain or happiness you feel is the same, no matter how you look, or if you say thank you, gracias, shukran, merci, toda, Grazie, xie xie, Spasiba, or mulțumesc.