I am Grateful!
by Alex from Signing Time

Last January I went to the city of Accra in Ghana, Africa. I felt thankful for things I had never really thought about before. In Accra, there isn’t a good trash removal system. Instead, people put their garbage in a bag, set it on the street, and set fire to it. All the fires made the air smoky. I realized how thankful I was for a garbage system and clean air. Where we stayed in Ghana, if I wanted a hot shower, I took water from the well (the water was not so clean), boiled it on the stove, put the hot water in the tub, scooped the water out with a cup, and poured it on my head. I was so thankful for that hot “shower.” I felt thankful that at home it is easier to shower.

The children at the deaf school near Accra only had two outfits to wear—school clothes and play clothes. They have to have their hair shaved off while they are in school. They didn’t really have toys to play with, but they had tons of fun on a field with tall weeds and dirt playing soccer. These kids were happy. They didn’t have a lot of the things I have, but they were thankful for everything they have. I realized that I was so lucky to have so many things, and that I could be happy even without those things.

So, since it is getting close to Thanksgiving, I want to share with you some of the things I feel thankful for today.

I am thankful for:

•    My family
•    Clean air, garbage system, and clean water
•    Friendships
•    My home
•    A good school
•    Music lessons
•    My Health
•    My church
•    My country
•    Signing Time

I hope you will take time to count your blessings and be thankful.