Thanksgiving 2011 – Though the new Cambridge tradition may be self-flagellation on Thanksgiving over the transgressions of European invaders against the native peoples of America, I would like to take a more traditional approach and express thanks for those things for which I am very grateful. Among these are the following:
- I am, most of all, thankful to be sufficiently strong and healthy to be able to walk and hike and bike as I please.
- I am grateful to share a happy home with Renée with a roof over our heads and working utilities.
- I am grateful for all the friends I have known over the years.
- I am grateful that I am able to provide affordable housing for 9 people (including 3 wonderful babies) in my Cambridge triple-decker.
- I am thankful to be teaching a mathematics class to 26 magnificent MIT students who inspire me with their questions and insights.
- I am thankful to be teaching a mathematics class to over 80 students at the Harvard Extension School, a group that includes 50 high school students from the greater Boston area, including some of the highest achieving students from Lexington HS, Belmont HS, and elsewhere.
- I am grateful for the inspiring leaders and fellow Board members of the Middlesex Canal Association who have maintained their energy and intellect and creativity well into their 80s and 90s.
- I am grateful to have known neighbors like Floyd Freeman who is still playing piano, going for long walks, and telling stories at the age of 96.
- I am grateful to live in a city where citizens like me can play an active role in creating or promoting initiatives such as recycling, composting, education about the city’s infrastructure, well-functioning election systems, Central Square improvements, and appreciation for the long and storied history of Cambridge.
- I am grateful to live in a time when a person like me can freely express his thoughts in a forum like this that is accessible to anyone, anywhere without the intervention of governments or repressive people. – Robert Winters
What are you thankful for?