The last Thursday of each November is Thanksgiving day in the USA. Commercials glorify the whole turkey dinner, and those who are fortunate enough to get one, also get to wallow in the subsequent food coma.
However, as the name suggests, it’s also a time to give thanks for what’s most precious to you in your life.
For me, education ranks right up there.
I’m not talking about strictly formal education, either, because you don’t need to go to school to learn about the world around you. But, I do give thanks for the teachers I did have the privilege of learning from, even if I may have struggled terribly in their classes.
I give thanks for those who share their stories in their free time, those who offer free or low cost classes, those who run our libraries and those who help others learn skills, basic or otherwise.
I give thanks for those who work hard to ensure the educational system of tomorrow works better, like the wonderful people with NCLD, Decoding Dyslexia as well as many other groups, activists like Malala Yousafzai and professionals working from within the system to find ways to improve it.
I give thanks for people in the dyslexia community who I’ve never met in person, but are a pleasure to speak with on various web-based forums, like Scott Forsythe, Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide.
I give thanks for my own immediate family, my parents, my step-parents, my grandparents, my sisters and brother, who have offered both challenge, background and support throughout my life.
I give thanks for my in-laws and husband, without whom my adulthood would be lacking the joy they bring and a window into a different part of the grand experience of life.
I give thanks for the people on the Internet, who offer advice, give insight through cries for help and provide valuable points of view, perhaps without consciously meaning to.
I give thanks for friends, those with kids, those without kids, those in the neurodiversity community, and those outside.
I give thanks for every single person who takes the time to read what I write. Whether you leave feedback or not, I hope at least one thing I manage to piece into semi-legible form helps in one way or another.
The world is full of teachers, and we’re all students.
And for that, I give thanks.