Time to be thankful

It’s hard to believe it’s November already! Have you been thinking about what you are thankful for? I have. Ever since we had that awful storm from Hurricane Sandy and I learned about Malala, I’ve decided that I definitely have a lot to be thankful for this November. Really it’s probably never too early to get started. I have come up with the top ten things I am thankful for. I have many more than ten, but these are the things I am most thankful for:

  1. Having electricity. I appreciate the convenience of electricity after having lived without it for days. I don’t know how the pioneers did it!
  2. Being able to go to school. Since I’ve learned how much girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan want to go to school, I don’t take it for granted at all anymore. I understand it’s a privilege to be able to go.
  3. Having other freedoms and rights too. I would not want to live in America if it didn’t have freedoms and rights for their citizens.
  4. My family and friends. They cheer me up and support my decisions. Plus, they’re fun to be around.
  5. My teachers: Mrs. Hack, Mrs. Berkowitz, Mrs. Fisher, Miss McMaugh, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Harmount, Mrs. Hurtuk, Ms. Mullarkey, Mrs. Lion, Mrs. Battershell, Mrs. Mitchell, Mr. Sherwood, Mrs. Minium, Mr. Jensen and all my specials teachers. They have and are helping me learn to take risks and laugh at myself when I make mistakes.
  6. My dog. Hagrid makes me laugh. He wakes me up every day even when we don’t want him to.
  7. Running. I love, love, love to run! It always makes me feel good when I do it.
  8. Writing. I definitely enjoy writing. I like writing about anything I want to and that’s my favorite thing about it.
  9. Nature. I love going outside to play. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do outside.
  10. Books. Reading a good book is like falling into it. It’s like you are literally in the book.

I hope my list reminds you of some of the things that you may be thankful for too. Maybe you can make your own list and as Thanksgiving gets closer you can add to it. I think after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction and as Malala continues to recover in the hospital, it is important for all of us to take the time to be thankful.

Audrey Ray

I am a fifth-grader at Bay Middle School

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