What are you thankful for?!
19 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith
This afternoon I am linking up with my friend Lyndsey over at A year of many firsts.
I am currently writing to you from Boston, MA which, if you don’t know, is one of my favorite places ever. I am having a blast (freezing my butt off) reconnecting with friends, family and eating REALLY good seafood. 
This is the perfect location for me to reflect on the things that I am thankful for. I absolutely am thankful for my family. Even though we live all over the place, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful support system.

Second, I am thankful for my friends. After living in so many states, places, and countries it seems like I have left pieces of my heart all over the place. It is always so awesome when I go back to a place and my friends and I can pick up right where we left off. 
This past week I have run into MANY of my former students. It’s the weirdest thing if you ask me. I was with my friend at her daughter’s (one of my former students) play rehearsal and I reconnected with 7 of my former kindergarteners… who are now in eighth grade. (CRAZY!!!) They are all now taller than me and are just as sweet as I remember them. I am thankful for the influence that we, as teachers, have on the lives of our students. It’s nice to be reassured that what we are doing is meaningful and that we forever make imprints on the lives that are in our classrooms. It’s lofty to think of it like that, but it really makes you stop, and check what you are saying, teaching and doing every day in your classrooms. So I am thankful for the ability to teach and that I truly love my job. 
Fourth, I am so thankful for the blogging community that I have been welcomed into. I don’t know what I would do without these friends who just “get it.”
Finally, I am thankful for the things that we so easily take for granted. I am thankful that we do not need to worry where our next meal is coming from, that we have clean water to drink, have shelter and are so ridiculously blessed. After living in a place for a year where children do NOT have these constants, it is definitely worth saying, I am thankful for these things. 
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and loved ones.  

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