For Thanksgiving I thought it would be a good idea to do a few interviews with people on what they were thankful for. I was given this chance at our Thanksgiving party at work asking those attending if they would care to answer the question “What are you thankful for?” on camera. Three people took me up on it. The first person was Hisham who came to the US from Iraq and gave his answer in Arabic
Hisham’s answer was echoed by Kenny from Brooklyn
What I found interesting is that both Hisham coming from thousands of miles away and Kenny coming a place as American as you can get gave answers that for most of American History would have been a quite unremarkable, Yet in our current cultural climate they very much stand out.
Finally I spoke to Hannah whose answer to this question really speaks to what this American Holiday is.
In an age where privileged college students complain about “microaggressions” and girl scouts are warned against hugging people at Thanksgiving dinner Hannah’s answer reminds us how lucky we are to live in a country where both freedom and safety are things that are so common that we tend to take them for granted.
A Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of yours.