Katie Trizna: Giving Thanks

November 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thanksgiving has been a tradition for centuries. Traditionally, it has been known as a gathering where family and friends share a meal.  Though the history behind it is rich, it seems that the Thanksgiving ritual has become eating as much as one can hold and then going back for seconds.  Nevertheless, delving deeper than food, Thanksgiving is a day of reflection and giving thanks.

I am taking this time to reflect on the students that I teach here at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Time and time again, I am grateful for each and every one of them.  I appreciate their dedication and enthusiasm for learning English. Throughout these past few months, I have learned so much about their unique cultures, experiences in America, and willingness to learn a new language despite the barriers that they each may face. Collectively, this experience has allowed me to appreciate the diversity and cultural differences that not only are a part of America, but also define America.

During this holiday respite, our lives may be frenzied with work, traffic, stress, bills, school, and countless other time-consuming activities.  However, I urge us all to remember that Thanksgiving is not simply about eating; rather, it is about stopping and enjoying what really matters in life—family, children, friends, good health, and well being.

Thus, on Thanksgiving, take a break from your hectic lives and take a moment to appreciate the people around you whom you love, as well as the simple things that we so often may take for granted.

Katie Trizna
AmeriCorps Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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