Posted on Oct 3, 2016
Autumn is here, and it’s this time of year that we start settling in a bit, the rush of excitement from school starting is over, winter hasn’t quite taken hold, and the air has the crispness seldom found through the rest of the year.. In October, Halloween may get most of the press, but for me Thanksgiving is the holiday that defines the season. Thanksgiving is an opportune time to reflect on where we are as individuals and as a society, to look to where we have been, and imagine where we could be. Remembering back to the thanksgivings of my youth, I was fortunate. We always had mashed potatoes and gravy on the table come Thanksgiving time, but as I’ve grown, I’ve come to know that thanksgiving is about more than mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and turkey. What makes Thanksgiving a day worth celebrating is people coming together regardless of differences and petty squabbles to reflect on the things we have in our life that make it special. To make thanksgiving, it takes people coming together and sharing. When I take part in this exercise of thanksgiving, I think about the things I am grateful for. I think about my family and my friends of course, but I also think about those who are less fortunate, I am thankful I live and represent the people in as diverse, prosperous, and vibrant as Alberta. I am thankful that I have been afforded so many privileges in my life, many of which I’m probably never going to fully be aware of, and I am thankful that I still have a direct connection to the past through my grandparents who have taught me so much about doing the right thing, and helping those in need.
At the end of the month, it is also expected that the Legislature will be sitting again. And while that means that I will be spending more time than usual in Edmonton, my work here in Calgary is never done, I will be out and about in our community, and working with those who are doing the real work to make Calgary Currie great.