My youngest son Jordan, sixteen, returning from
NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute) for Thanksgiving 2010
There are many ways to express gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, however, what caught my eye, was Seth Godin’s definition of a Modern Thanksgiving.
“A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:
- The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…
- The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.”
Peace Corps volunteers, Harvey and Patty Gagnon, are in their sixties and doing what Seth Godin said; they are building something bigger than themselves.
You’ll love what Harvey says at the end, “Forget the golf game, there’s always time for that when you’re 92.”
HAPPY MODERN THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND NEW CONNECTIONS.
LOVE FROM SONIA.
Sonia, I hope you have the best Thanksgiving
with your family.
What a lovely video. I spent three years as a volunteer in China – missed three Christmases but came back with thousands of years of experience!
Have a lovely day!
I love the quotation! It is so right-on.
Glad to see your soldier is home for the weekend. He's looking. (So is his mom!)
Robert the Skeptic says
When my step-daughter was living in Japan, she decided to put on Thanksgiving for her English class. Homes in Japan usually don't have ovens but the local community center had a few. Planning months ahead we sent her cranberry sauce and stuffing from the US. Somewhere she managed to find a few turkeys. With her mother's recipe, she was able to make a few Thanksgiving turkeys with all the fixings for her friends in Japan. What an event!
Thanks Nancy. It will be fun to celebrate in Naples, perhaps next year?
I like the couple in the video too. They have great attitudes.
Thanks Rob. Not yet a soldier, but likes his school.
I bet her students loved the effort she went to provide this meal.
Rayna M. Iyer says
I recently visited a school in rural India and met three former Peace Corps people volunteering there. I wish I could give back as tangibly as that someday.
Why can't you in the future when your boys are out of the house?
That's what I feel like doing in a few years.
Murr Brewster says
This thanksgiving, I'm also building something bigger than myself, only I'm doing it with stuffing and gravy. Perhaps I should rethink this.
Ballerina Girl says
Wow impressive, inspiring couple!
Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!
What a couple,
have a super good time with your family!
ps. it's WO*IMA time again 🙂
Lynn MacDonald says
What a great thought and video. THanksgiving is bigger than just "us". Have a great day!
Phivos Nicolaides says
Your son is very handsome. Wishing you all by heart every happiness and a joyful thanksgiving!
I love the picture of you and your son. He is very impressive and so is the couple in the video.
Happy Thanksgiving! What a treat to have your son home with you 🙂 That's an amazing story about that retired couple who joined the peace corps.
I can tell it must be a huge turkey!
Yes, I love that couple and what they're doing.
I came over to WO*IMA. Please go over to BLOGitse if you want to be creative before Sunday night.
Glad you liked the video. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks. We had a great Thanksgiving with family.
Yes, I admit. I was overwhelmed when he walked off the plane in uniform. Do you know US Airways upgraded him to First class?
So good to hear from you. How is your writing going? I'm coming over Lauren.
Patricia Stoltey says
You picked a couple of wonderful people to feature here, Sonia. I was inspired.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Sonia. But then I know you did because of that bright smile with your son Jordan! Love Di ♥
Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot says
Wow! Look at you and your son:) Love that pic, you must be so proud!
I agree, this couple is inspiring.
Yes, it was wonderful to see my son again. His first time back since August. Thanks.
Thanks. It was a shock to see him arrive off the plane in his uniform.