As we enter the week before Thanksgiving, it is hard to look back at 2020 and be truly thankful. A worldwide pandemic was the domino that slowed economies, shut down cities, and introduced the world to the word "quarantine". Life as we knew it was altered as a response to an enemy we are still trying to understand. Dealing with COVID-19 on the world-wide stage is difficult enough, but trying to help 6th through 8th grade students grapple with the new reality of life and learning has proved challenging for even the most skilled educator and parent. The mantra of "We are all in this together" has become cliche' as words do not always dictate actions, and patience, for everyone, wears thin. Enter Thanksgiving.
The name of the holiday, itself, reminds us to give thanks. Many may wonder for what we have to be thankful for this year, but what if we change our perspective? French Journalist Alphonse Karr said, “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” As we think of Thanksgiving in the Post-COVID era, Karr's quote provides some clarity. While the thorns of 2020 are easy to see, if we focus on the roses of the past year, an attitude of thankfulness might emerge and reframe the past eleven months.
As you reflect on what you are thankful for, we would love to hear from you. Click the LINK below and choose one word or phrase that captures for whom or what you are thankful. During Thanksgiving Week, we will scroll the words across the marquee to remind us that even in the most difficult of times, there are still many reasons to be thankful. At Northridge Middle School, we are thankful for our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community. Without you, the NMS family does not exist. Let us encourage you this Thanksgiving Holiday to be thankful and let others know how thankful you are for them.