We’re not out of the woods but on COVID-19, however we nonetheless have lots to be glad about this yr. For a lot of, this yr’s Thanksgiving celebrations shall be particularly candy, bolstered by the gratitude that comes with the absence of contact for therefore many people for therefore lengthy.
To mark the vacation, our reporters fanned out in the neighborhood to ask what a few of you’re grateful for this vacation.
Some are grateful for good well being, an appreciation deepened by the tragic lack of life through the pandemic. Others are particularly grateful for family members, bonds deepened within the wrestle and solitude of quarantine. Nonetheless others are grateful for less complicated issues, from quiet walks in nature to the kindness of strangers.
So no matter it’s that you simply’re grateful for this yr, embrace it. And Completely happy Thanksgiving.
“I’m grateful for my new residence. I only in the near past moved up right here from Queens. I had put in for various issues over time, and I put in for an house up right here and I received it inside a matter of months. I had simply been praying on it, so I used to be simply so grateful. Since I’ve been right here, it’s been a blessing. Simply having the ability to participate within the completely different group actions … that was one thing I didn’t see rising up within the interior metropolis.”
— Helena Romain, 47, Schenectady
“I’m grateful simply to be right here as a result of I’m a diabetic, and resulting from my insurance coverage and every part, I didn’t have protection for some time. I didn’t have my drugs and I received sick. Physician informed me I wanted to lose some weight; I used to be 280, now I’m right down to 230. My diabetes is below full management. I’ve my insulin and all of the medicines I have to take. I’m simply grateful that he gave me a second likelihood to do the suitable factor. I’m a recovering addict. I’ve been clear for 13 years, eight months and 18 days. I’m simply blessed all the way in which round, and I get an opportunity to assist individuals and present them that it may be carried out.”
— James Tillery, 68, Schenectady, works at Metropolis Mission
“Well being and household, as a result of through the pandemic I made a decision to depart New York Metropolis and transfer again residence to be nearer to household simply because I used to be so nervous about the way it would possibly prove for us within the metropolis. I’m simply grateful that we made that call and now I’m in a position to be nearer to my mother and father, my sisters, my nieces and nephews. … It’s simply been a really constructive change to maneuver again right here to Schenectady. I’m very blissful I did it.”
— Raeesa Waheed, 39, Niskayuna, helps at Taj Mahal Restaurant in Schenectady
“I want I may say that I’m grateful that it’s [the pandemic] coming to an finish. I feel we’re coming to a different tunnel, however we’re getting there and issues are feeling slightly bit extra regular. I’m actually grateful as a result of my entire household goes to be collectively this Thanksgiving. Larger than rising up. So I’m actually trying ahead to that. I’ve received a sister transferring right here from Minnesota and my daughter’s coming. So simply having my household, and everybody’s wholesome.”
— Christine Barton, 70, Schenectady
“Having a job and never simply chilling at residence, doing unemployment, getting that free cash. Working for my cash.”
— John Michaud, 22, Gansevoort, laborer
“For my household and good well being. That’s it. It’s been a tough yr for everybody with COVID and the pandemic, and I’m very grateful for my household and that we’re all effectively.”
— Barbara Frank, 60, Saratoga Springs, wine advisor
“At this second, being out in nature. I suppose I’m grateful for a recent begin this yr — slightly little bit of a recent begin, stepping again. I’m on a brief union layoff, so it’s good to have slightly free time to reassess issues. It’s slightly little bit of successful to the pocket, but it surely’s positively a blessing for the thoughts.”
— Eric Edwards, 46, Saratoga Springs, electrical union employee
“The flexibility to go to my household this yr. They reside in Massachusetts, so I get to journey to see them. I haven’t seen my household in three years, after which the pandemic occurred.”
— Alexa Benware, 21, Saratoga Springs, works at Impressions of Saratoga and Darkish Horse & Mercantile
“I’m grateful for my girlfriend, who I met in March.”
— Sher-Ron Jones, 53, Latham, silk presser
“Very nice prospects. With every part occurring and the scarcity of individuals and employees, it’s nice to have prospects which can be affected person and sort and simply actually understanding if we will’t get to them instantly. Very grateful for that this yr. And household, after all.”
— Jessica Loucks, 38, Glens Falls, retailer supervisor Eddie Bauer, Saratoga Springs