"I am so grateful for the forest. I was walking the other day, deep in Cootes' Paradise, when an incredible sense of being hit me. The quiet, the depth, the colours, the smells of the forest; I felt very humbled and lucky to be able to connect with the beauty and mystery that the forest embodies." Anonymous Hamilton, Ontario
"I love you Evelina and Scott." Mommy Hamilton, Ontario
"Just being ... being with my children; being healthy; being able to help others! Just being :)" Ria Hamilton, Ontario
"I moved 2 weeks ago and I am grateful for my new bedroom. It is full of light in the morning, and luxuriously dark at night. Our bed was given to use by a friend who moved cross country and it is huge and comfortable, and we finally bought a duvet. I am so thankful to have such a beautiful, safe, warm and cozy space to lay my head each night with my partner and my dog." Grace Hamilton, Ontario
"Grateful for friends, an amazing community of neighbours, all working toward making the Sherman Hub the connected, supportive place it is. Grateful for having a safe place to rest my children's heads, food to give them and love to lavish upon them." Patty Hamilton, Ontario
"Yesterday at a local grocery store a young lady was short on her groceries. Not one but two people offered to make up the difference. I love my city" Leslie Hamilton, Ontario
"My friend Rachel helped me up when I fell at school"
Bea, age 5
"I met my husband a little over 3 years ago. it was on our second date that I realized just how special he was and how much I wanted to have him in my life long term. I shared something quite personal with him that night and his response was simply a hug and, "thank you so much for sharing that with me. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make this easier for you. I promise I will always help you any way I can and support you so you don't ave to do this alone." It was the last response I expected and exactly what I needed. You see, I have struggled most of my life with my self-worth. I didn't know until then what being in a healthy, equitable, mature partnership was like. I do now. He continues to keep that promise to me everyday and I thank God everyday for bringing me a true partner in life. We make one another the best versions of ourselves and for that I am deeply grateful."
"It was about 6 months into our relationship when I knew how this was going to turn out. She had an incredible ability to put up with my constant sarcasm and opened me up to new experiences that I now view as necessities in my life. Knowing what I wanted to do was easy, asking was the hard part. I'd never been so nervous in my life, but somehow managed to do a good job of playing it cool. I took her to where we had our first kiss. Then to where we first said 'I love you.' finally to a new spot where I got up the nerve to ask. I'm grateful all those places were on the same front porch. I'm even more grateful she said yes!"
"In my life I have had many times and reasons to be thankful for. I could fill a book. I lived in East Germany. One evening in October 1957 I boarded a train to Berlin Berlin was divided in four sections. Russian, American, British and French. In the baby carriage I had my 6 month old baby. The train station in Berlin was deserted, only the soldiers with their guns shouldered patrolled. To reach the subway I had to go down the stairs. No elevators or escalators. I had to ask the solider to help me down the stairs. He asked me where I wanted to go so late with the baby. I said to visit an aunt and uncle. I did not want to lie. I was thankful he did not ask where they live. They lived in the American section. My reason for going there was to escape East Germany. My husband had to go a different way to Berlin. We could not be seen together, that was suspicious. My aunt and uncle were waiting for me at the subway station. I made it safely to the West by about 11:00 at night. Now we were waiting anxiously for the arrival of my husband. Long hours, lots of prayers. Finally, a knock at the window around 4:00 in the morning. He made it too. We all hugged and prayed, thanking God for his protection and help. We were very very thankful."
"I recently returned from my first ever girls weekend. I have three great kids who I love dearly, but 'me time' was definitely needed. The ladies I went away with have become very important to me over the last four years. Most of us live in the same neighbourhood and have kids in school together. They have seen me at my low points and been with me for my highs. They make me laugh until my face hurts and vent along with me when we are upset. Our weekend away made me even more grateful for their presence in my life. I'm so very grateful for all of my girlfriends, my life-long friends, my sister, my neighbourhood friends, my friends who are also mothers, the ones who aren't and even the ones with whom I have drifted apart. They have all played a special and important role within my life and I am so thankful for each of them!"
Nicole (scribed by Deb)
"I'm grateful to be returning to a job that I love after a wonderful parental leave. I love being a mom more than I thought possible and I'm grateful that returning to work as a midwife makes me feel excited - and not sad! I have so much gratitude that motherhood and vocation can co-exist."
"To whom should we be more grateful than to the parents who gave you life, who nurtured you, sacrificed for you and dreamed through you. Thank you mom and dad for struggling to make a life in this new country almost 60 years ago. I try to keep my thanks in my mind as I work through the challenges of their current difficult situation." Evelyn Mississauga, Ontario
"Three years ago, my best friend and I had an ugly falling out and stopped speaking to each other entirely. Unbeknownst to us, we each moved to Toronto and now work down the street from each other. Last April I wished her a happy birthday and we ended up reconnecting, talking through our grievances, and forgiving each other. We picked up our friendship where we left off and I'm grateful everyday for true friendships that withstand angry words, hurt feelings, and three years of silence." Cassie Toronto, Ontario
"This summer I was struggling at work, which culminated with me quiting my job. And then the Orlando shooting happened. I felt so lost and alone. As I was looking through Facebook and one of my friends posted a message of support. I decided to reach out to her. I am so glad I did. We have supported each other throughout the summer, as it was less than stellar for both of us. I am so grateful that I was able to reconnect with such an amazing person and A+ friend." Lisa St George, Ontario
"I'm grateful for Vintage Coffee and its presence in the neighbourhood - it helps to build community. I'm grateful to spend my lunch hour with a friend"
"On this weekend in particular, my family & I reflect on all the beautiful things in our lives we have to be thankful for. It's a lot. So lucky. Hope you are too!" A human being Planet earth
"When I think about what I am thankful for a lot of things come to my mind. Here are a few things: I am thankful for my pet fish because they are like my babies! Also, I am so thankful for awesome friends and I would not be anywhere without my best teacher." Sameer TJS P.S. Milton, Ontario
"Last Saturday, I went to my friend's house for her birthday and I loved it! She was really happy I was there. I was happy that she was happy I was there. She has a HUGE heart. We did things that we both agreed on, not only one person's favorite activity. I am thankful for my great friends with BIG hearts" Shannyn TJS P.S. Milton, Ontario
"When I think about gratitude and things I'm thank for, many things come to my mind. Most recently though, I've been extremely thankful for friends who think outside the box. I had run a 46km run down a road leading to a reserve that I care a lot about. When I returned home one of my closest friends threw me a party. She had baked me a cake and had my favourite things. It meant a lot to know that she was willing to celebrate something out of the norm, that I could be celebrated. I was very thankful for that." Amanda Hamilton, Ontario