Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, sharing and gathering, not only with one’s family and friends but also collectively as a nation.
The “First Thanksgiving” was held nearly four centuries ago as the culminating celebration of a successful harvest. Despite their cultural differences and short time as neighbors, that day saw Pilgrims and indigenous Americans eager to share their bounty and enjoy a feast together. Since that fateful day in 1621, this holiday has remained a defining and culturally relevant celebration in the United States, as well as a poignant reminder to step back, to reflect and, most importantly, to share.
This Thanksgiving, I urge you to join me in reflecting upon what we have shared with our neighbors, particularly with our littlest and most vulnerable ones: children.