My grandson, age 11, spent the weekend with us. His Mom sent along this school essay for us to read:
"The best part of Thanksgiving I think is going to my grandparent's house for the day. I enjoy hugging my grandparents, making boats and going to the movies. I think it is the best time of the year.
When I got there I was so happy to see my grandparents because it has been so long. I ran right into their arms to hug them. My cousins had just gotten there too, but they were supposed to get there the day before.
We all ran for the closet to get the arts and crafts box. I got the egg cartons to make boats for the summer, so I can have races in the pool. I think that is fun!!!! Sometimes I just make a sword or planes to throw or I just make up thingamabobs to keep people out of the club. The club is where I keep all of my best inventions saved to use when I need them, like the toy helicopter that doesn't fly.
I always seem to do this every year, which is to go to the movies. It is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving. We always get our popcorn and large drinks before the movies start. I always sit in the middle row to get the best view of the movie. After the movie, I always eat the most for for Thanksgiving dinner out of anybody, and I eat it all. The food is so good, I can resist it, but I don't.
That is my annual Thanksgiving for every year and I hope it doesn't change. Now what is yours?"
A note of explanation: I keep a large box of art supplies, paper, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers, ribbons, old greeting cards, etc., as well as oatmeal boxes, egg cartons, small boxes, gift wrap and the like for the children to play with when they visit. This boy likes to make boats out of the egg cartons and because he has the mind of an engineer, he makes fairly elaborate ones. You might be amazed at what he can do - I know I am!