Thankful Thoughts for 2020

The word cloud from the latest Saturday Zoom – teachers are big, but so is talking and time!

As the leaves fall and the air chills, our thoughts turn to the season when we give thanks. On Saturday several Climbers and staff met on Zoom to pause and share a few thoughts of how we need to be thankful in all circumstances, even in the midst of the pandemic. 

Climbers started off the call by recounting how their schooling is progressing and what their schedules are like. Some are all virtual while others have a mixture of two days in school and three days at home on their computers. Next semester, most will be using a hybrid system of varying sorts. 

Kelly Wilson, Jacob’s Ladder Education Coordinator, began by asking all on the call to list in the Zoom chat what we are thankful for and it must begin with a “T”. Enjoy the word cloud fun to see all the thankful words that do begin with the assigned letter and even a few thankful thoughts that don’t begin with a “T”. The larger the word size, the more times it appeared on the thankful list. 

As with any conversation about Thanksgiving it turns to what food must be on the table and who are the cooks in the kitchen? 

Some of our Climber “must-have-favorites” start with a breakfast of cinnamon rolls and Mom’s gluten free Caramel Apple coffee cake, then move on to oyster stew, Dad’s country ham, mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, macaroni and cheese, and dressing with cornbread. The feast ended with the familiar favorites of Chocolate chip cookies and apple pie. 

With all of this wonderful food, who prepares it? For the Climbers it seems everybody helps, whether it is your Aunt in the kitchen, or your Dad that fixes the main course, all guests bring their best-loved side dish.

An idea emerged later in the conversation, that a “Thanksgiving Dinner Club” should be formed for camp. All of the Climbers’ favorite recipes collected would be made during the club and sampled. Maybe even the best kept secret family recipes could be shared for this delicious club? 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

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