What I'm Thankful For
by Celeste Wooldridge-Chillemi, AmeriCorps Member at Mifflin High School, student input compiled by Bethlehem Aderajew, Second Year AmeriCorps Member at Mifflin High School
As the holiday season is in full swing and we approach the end of another year, it’s important to stop and take notice of all we are thankful for. But it's not a normal blessing-it’s a time to reflect on everything that gives us gratitude. There have been more years than I would like where, when asked, I hurriedly came up with an acceptable answer as to what I am grateful to have in my life, but this year, I want to spend more time thinking of things that make my life better.
I am thankful for food, running water, heat. A warm bed that is sometimes too hard to get out of in the morning. I am thankful for autumn, belly laughs, and comfortable Timberland boots.
I am thankful for service. Service in my family was an expectation, and it has got me far. I'm not talking about network connections, or internships that look good. I'm talking about being thankful to serve in underserved communities, my heart becoming whole and full in unexpected moments, and being privileged enough to commit a year of my life to being a young person in service.
This year, take time to reflect on your blessings-- the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled and warm. Holding those things close to your heart will lead to lovely thoughts and that deep connection to humanity that we at City Year strive for.
As AmeriCorps members, we want to spread this spirit of gratitude to our students. City Year took some time this week to find out what our students at Mifflin High School are thankful for. Below are some of their responses:
“I am thankful for life, for food and having a home” -KM
“I am thankful for waking up every morning.” -TT
“I am thankful for my family, because they never let me down” -JR
“I am thankful for my family, for always being there for me” -AS
“For you (City Year).” -BB
“For living, for my mom and my dad, for my community, for being able to get up every morning” -TS
“I am thankful for my aunt who has done things for me she didn’t have to do.” -AT
“I am thankful for everything.” -TG
“I’m thankful that Mr. Aaron and Mr. H have helped me on class work so I can pass the classes and get better grades” -SF
“For my teachers” -MM
“I’m thankful for my friends and my family." -BW
“I’m thankful for Ms. Aladi giving me help in math.” -MC
“I’m thankful for life, my mom and having an education.” -TM
“For my family and waking up every day.” -JS