Giving Thanks!

It is that time of year (I can’t believe that November is already here) when everyone begins to think about the things that they are thankful for. I want to give a big thank-you to the following for making 2013 such a great year!My Family and Friends – Ok, so I know that family and friends usually top everyone’s list of things that we are most thankful for but, how can this group not be included? These are the people that surround, support, and share in all of the definitive moments of our life – the good and the bad. Cliché as it may sound, family and friends help to make me who I am and I would not trade them for anything in the world.

My Dog – I tend to stress out sometimes, but Poncho, my 4-year-old Border Collie, is somehow able to remind me that there is time everyday to take a deep breath, relax, and do the things that I enjoy. Maybe it is Poncho that is the reminder, but perhaps it is the well-loved soccer ball that he nudges at my feet that is actually the reminder!


Poncho and his favorite soccer ball

My Job and my Co-workers – I do not know how many people can truly say that they love what they do for work. I can! Sure, there are days that are tough and there are days that are exhausting, but because I believe in my organization (go CHS) and what we are trying to do, I am able to get through these days and move on to the next.

Connecticut’s teachers, students, schools, and parents – This is the other group of people that I “work” with and who make my job so much fun. I love that I am able to meet individuals from all over the state and from all different backgrounds – each day is something new. I am continuously amazed at what our students know and I get very excited when I think about all of the ways that they will be able to use this knowledge in the future. I am also in awe of Connecticut’s teachers (aides, parents, administrators – the list goes on and on…) and their hard-work, dedication, and patience.

Modern Conveniences – And, because I work in an historical society, I am constantly reminded of how grateful I am for many of the modern conveniences that I would otherwise take for granted.

1. Bedpans – I enjoy an indoor, flushable toilet – enough said!

Redware bedpan from the early 1800s

Redware bedpan from the early 1800s

2. Vacuum cleaners – Somehow, our 2013 models don’t appear quite so cumbersome when compared to this suction cleaner from the early 1900s.

1910 suction cleaner

1910 suction cleaner

3. Washing machines – I feel as if laundry already consumes every night of my week (and it is only my husband and I in our home). I cannot imagine the added time and muscle power that would be needed if I had to use this machine.

Washing machine from about the 1870s

Washing machine from about the 1870s

There you have it – my list of thanks! Now I want to hear from others. What are you thankful for this year?

Erin Strogoff is the Coordinator of Youth & Family Programs at the Connecticut Historical Society

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