At this time of year, the students get a little break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We have much to be thankful for in the city of Norwalk. We live in a community that is clean, safe and blessed with strong schools. I spent lunch time on Monday at the Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center. Like many schools, our kindergarten students were enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We ate turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread muffins, pumpkin pie, and orange Jell-O in the shape of pumpkins. The children made sure to inform me that the pilgrims and Native Americans didn't have orange Jell-O at the first Thanksgiving. As I looked around at the young faces around the table, I'm thankful that our future is in such good hands.
One of the natural responses that we have when counting our blessings is to try and share with those who don't have as much. I believe we in Norwalk are blessed to live in such a generous community. The St. Paul Key Club and our elementary school have collected canned goods to share with those in need. Many of our students will also be helping to provide meals on Thanksgiving Day. It's great to know that our kids are developing a generous spirit and are willing to share with others.
All of these activities are a reflection of the strong example given to our young people by their parents, teachers and the adults in our community. They learn from our example and this holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to show them how to be thankful people who are generous in sharing our gifts. I pray that the holidays will be a time for you to gather gratefully with family and friends and that all of us will be blessed with a safe and joyful holiday season.
The Rev. Dave Cirata is associate pastor at St. Paul Parish.