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Silvia Leavitt

Hace unos dias atras estaba explicando el significado del Dia de Gracias a algunos de mis estudiantes; les dije que fue una comida muy especial que tuvieron los Indios Americanos y los peregrinos, que llegaron a Amercia hace mucho tiempo atras de Europa buscando la libertad para adorar a Dios y escapar de un rey tirano. Me hubiera gustado ver como fue cuando los peregrinos llegaron a esta nueva tierra Si estuvieron solos por mucho tiempo antes de encontrarse con animales salvajes? Y Como se comunicaron con los Indios? Puedo imaginar el gran banquete, pero tambien los sentimientos sinceros de agradecimiento de ambos. Los peregrinos estan agradecidos por la tierra nueva, fertil y los nuevos amigos que no solo les dieron la bienvenida pero compartieron los secretos de la caza y sobreviviencia. Pienso que los aborgenes deben haber estado agradecidos por las nuevas amistades que vinieron en paz y compartieron con ellos algunos secretos de agricultura. Le ped a mi clase que compartieran algunas cosas por las cuales estaban agradecidos; uno dijo: "Estoy agradecido por mi trabajo;" otro dijo: "Estoy agradecido por mi familia;" y otro: "Estoy agradecido por mi salud." Esa es la frase que les digo a mis ninos a menudo cuando empiezan a quejarse (esten agradecidos). Si se quejan porque tienen que lavar los platos, les digo de mi experiencia lavando platos a mano, en el convento por un ano. Si se quejan de tener que ayudar con el lavado de la ropa, les digo acerca de los anos que mi mam tuvo que calendar agua en un tacho grande de metal para luego lavar la ropa en una pileta grande de cemento llamada, batea Yo se que los ninos no estan animados que escuchar estas historias, porque esto es reconocer que la vida en estos dias es mucho mas facil y todos nosotros nos acostumbramos muy rapido a las conveniencias! Aguien me conto este cuentito: Habia una vez un rey muy poderoso que vivia en un castillo que tenia torres muy altas, jardines que eran incontables, lagos y sirvientes. El era en realidad un rey muy envidiado por sus riquezas y sus ejercitos; de todos modos el no era feliz. Un dia el rey mando una procalamcion a todos los alrededores; el estaba ofreciendo la mitad de su reino al hombre que le trajera la camisa del hombre mas feliz. Cientos de hombres se alistaron para la aventura, dejando atras familias y responsabilidades. Era muy tentador la oportunidad de conseguir la mitad del reino. Pasaron semanas y meses, muchos hombres volvieron derrotados por la busqueda. El rey estaba a punto de darse por vencido cuando un joven le trajo la camisa del hombre mas feliz. El rey estuvo muy sorprendido cuando vio la camisa; era una camisa vieja y arremendada, limpia pero con muchos remiendos. Le fue muy dificil para el creer lo que estaba viendo. El dudo tanto que le pidio al joven que le trajera el dueno de la camisa. El queria ver y hablar con este individuo porque no podia creer que el fuera el hombre mas feliz de la tierra. El dueno de la camisa era un campesino, un hombre mayor que cuidaba los jardines del rey. El vivia con su esposa en un hogar humilde. El rey le pregunto, "Cual es tu secreto? Por que eres tan feliz?" El hombre replico, "Su majestad, tengo mi salud, mi familia, tengo comida sobre mi mesa y trabajo cuidando de vuestras flores y jardines. Estoy agradecido por cada pequena cosa que tengo y por cada dia! El rey no podia creer lo que estaba escuchando el secreto de la felicidad era estar agradecido? El dio la mitad de su reino al joven que hizo este descubrimiento y recompenzo al jardinero con oro y una casa nueva en el medio de uno de los campos mas hermosos del reino. Para celebrar el secreto de la felicidad, tuvo una fiesta muy grande para todos en su reino; agradeciendoles a todos por haber estado sirvindole a el por anos y el ni siquiera los habia conocido. El se puso mas feliz y bueno, llego a ser "El rey mas feliz" de todos, porque aprendio la leccion de su humilde sirviente. No se quien escribio este cuento para reconocerlo/a, solo lo escuche y queria pasarselos a ustedes. Espero que podamos ser mas agradecidos por todo en nuestras vidas, relaciones (amistades, familia), trabajos, salud, libertades, conveniencias, se que podemos llegar a ser una gente mas feliz. Que tenga un lindo dia de gracias! Estoy al 513-0900 o al silvia Being thankful A few days ago I was explaining the meaning of Thanksgiving to some of my students. I told them it was a special feast between the American Indians and the pilgrims that came to America a long time ago, from Europe looking for freedom to worship God and escape from a tyrant king. I wish I could see how it was for the pilgrims arriving in this new land were they alone for a long time before they encountered any wild animals? How did they communicate with the Indians? I can imagine that great feast and the sincere feelings of thankfulness from both parties. The pilgrims were thankful for the new, fertile land and for the new friends that not only welcomed them but shared secrets about hunting and surveying. I think that the Indians must have been thankful for the new friends that came in peace and shared agricultural secrets with them. I asked my class to share some things that they are thankful for. One said: "I’m thankful for my job." Others said: "I’m thankful for my family" and "I’m thankful for my health." That’s a phrase that I say to my children quite a bit when they start to complain. If they are complaining because they have to do the dishes, I tell them about my experience doing dishes in the convent, by hand, for a year. If they complain about helping with the laundry, I tell them about all the years that my mom heated water in a big metal container to wash clothes in a big cement sink called a pileta. I know that children are not thrilled to hear all these stories, because it means they have to recognize that life, these days, is much easier and we get used to conveniences very fast! Someone told me a little story: "Once upon a time there was a mighty king that lived in a castle that had tall towers, uncountable gardens, ponds and servants. He was in deed a very enviable king because of his riches and army. Nevertheless, he was not happy. One day the king sent a proclamation to the land. He was offering half of his kingdom to the man that could bring him the shirt of the happiest man alive. Hundreds of men got ready for the adventure, leaving families and responsibilities. It was too tempting to be able to acquire half of the kingdom. Weeks and months went by; many men came back defeated by the task. The king was at the point of giving up when a young lad brought him the shirt of the happiest man. The king was surprised when he saw the shirt. It was an old raggedy shirt, clean but with many patches. It was very hard for him to believe what he was seeing. He doubted so much that he asked the young man to go and bring the owner of the shirt to him. He wanted to see and talk to this individual because he couldn’t believe that he was the happiest man in the land. The owner of the shirt was a peasant, an older man that took care of the king’s gardens. He lived with his wife in a humble home. The king asked him, "What is your secret? Why are you such a happy man?" The man replied, "Your Majesty, I have my health, my family, I have food on my table and I work taking care of your flowers and gardens. I’m thankful for every little thing that I have and for each day! The king couldn’t believe what he was hearing the secret of happiness was being thankful? He gave half of his kingdom to the young man that made the discovery and he rewarded his gardener with gold and a new cottage in the middle of one of the most beautiful meadows of his kingdom. To celebrate the secret of happiness, he had a big party for everybody in his kingdom, to give thanks to all those that had been serving him for years who he had never even noticed. He grew in happiness and in kindness and he became "The Happiest King" of all, because he learned the lesson from his humble servant. I don’t know who wrote this story but when I heard it, I wanted to pass it to you. I hope we can become more thankful for everything in our lives — relationships, jobs, health, freedoms and conveniences. I know that we’ll become happier people. Have a great Thanksgiving! I’m at 513-0900 or at silvia


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