What Are You Thankful For?

Let’s pretend for a moment that this is an elementary school class and we’re in that final pre-vacation lull where no one — especially not our twenty-something teacher — wants to do work. Instead, we’ll focus on creative endeavors such as stringing yarn through macaroni and painting oak leaves different colors. That weird kid Billy will sit in the corner eating Play-Doh while another boy peels strips of glue off his hands.

And then someone will remember that the kids can’t go home sans refrigerator art before a holiday or the parents will just lose it, and so out comes various pots of hand paint and sponges and popsicle sticks and sparkles.

We’ll each press our palms into a gloopy orange mess and stamp them on to construction paper, our fingers spread as wide as they go in order to make one extremely regal tail for our holiday turkeys. Crayons will be passed around to draw legs and beaks; googly-eyes will be pasted on for ocular purposes. A few over-achievers will ask for actual feathers to act as hair extensions for our four-plumed fowls, but Billy probably ate those too. Stupid Billy.

Once all of our masterpieces are complete, the final step will be to take Magic Markers and write our names in the corner, our vowels and consonants all in varying sizes because no one’s really mastered the art of penmanship yet. Then the teacher will come around and ask us to tell her the one thing we’re thankful for and she’ll scrawl it — her cursive textbook-perfect — in an arch directly over the turkeys we just created.

Since this here website essentially acts as our refrigerator and the comment section as your construction paper, (and also because Leandra’s been banned from the MR supply of paste and glitter), tell us everything you’re thankful for this season.

And not to be corny or anything…we’re super thankful for you.

Image courtesy ofย Life Magazine

  • Luzia Schmittmann

    I’d say I’m thankful for all the good things in my life: my family, my friends, my food, my education, my iPhone and of course all of the things I own especially my clothes. But what really matters is: why are you thankful for those things? Why are you thankful for this gorgeous pair of shoes you just bought? I believe we should try to be thankful for the love, kindness and happiness in our lifes we often don’t even see. We’re so obsessed with our new shoes that we don’t realize it’s the happiness the shoe brings to us not the shoe itself we should be thankful for.

    • Very true ๐Ÿ™‚ we all love a new pair of shoes though!

  • I’m thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. Especially the ones who know how to make delicious pies. So. Ready. FOR PIE!

    • Hilarious – everyone loves pie!

    • Sabrina Haskinson


  • Xandra Boersma

    This might be the weirdest photo I’ve ever seen, but it’s fun nonetheless!

  • Quinn Halman

    I’m thankful for my family who is supportive and proud of me. I’m thankful that my mom trusts me enough to wear her clothes!! Also thankful for that one time Amelia and Leandra replied to emails, that rocked. I’m thankful that I live in a society where forums like this are available to inspire me. Lastly, shout out to my dog, Mexican food, and HAIM the band.

  • I am thankful for my two amazing sons (now 17-24) and my great boyfriend!!!!


  • Laura Mitchell


  • I’m thankful that I successfully stuck to my Thanksgiving diet so, when I pig out tomorrow I can still fit into my skinny denim.


  • Annie

    I agree with Luzia, we should be thankfull for the happiness in our lifes we often dont see. But if we dont often see the happiness, why should I be thankfull for it? I shall be thankfull by what I can see and feel happy about, they mostly dont consist in material things or does fleeting moments of joy when I buy a shoe, Iam thankfull for the love I recieve from my family, which more often than not is more like tough love, but still, I do recieve love from my close group of friends. What Iam trying to say is that I dont agree with Luzia.

  • I am grateful I am in France where the cheese and wine are abundant ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brie

    my “partner-in-sex” is first on my list, my family who loves me unconditionally, my close friends who bring joy to my life, i have a warm bed, food in my belly, and a job. i am thankful for those adult type things that you never think you will care about but eventually mean the world to you. also: booze, man am i ever thankful prohibition was a bust

  • CDJ

    I’m thankful I have nothing real to complain about.

  • CDJ

    oh! AND I am also thankful for the fact that I have my own office, and can quickly wipe away tears before anyone sees that I am getting too emotional listening to “have yourself a merry little Christmas” that effing song. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

  • CDJ

    last one: avocados.

  • Sabrina Haskinson

    Im thankful for my man, my best friend Chelsee, my new god daughter, and my family. For getting through math with a passing grade, and getting through Psychology with an A. Im thankful for shelter, food, clothes, clean water, safety, democracy, warmth, to do lists, and food. Wonderful greasy, sugary, American food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rebecca

    I am thankful for this blog. It never fails to make me smile. But I am not thankful for the fact that it keeps me up past 12 on a school night…I constantly catch myself reading it for hours on end..going through post after post after post. It’s pretty much addictive. Thanks Leandra and all your writers for always brightening my mood. Happy thanksgiving to everyone…and Hanukah too!

  • White Girl Tara

    Ya gurl’s thankful for James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Bound 3 video.

  • Kari

    My family, friends and online shopping.

  • Amelie

    I’m thankful for absolutely everything I have- especially after being shown pictures of some of the bravest kids I’ve ever heard of, who live in Africa, and have to even share pencils.

    The Neon Guava