Thanksgiving 2021 brings with it a myriad of emotions: Love- for family and community. Relief- that as we slowly learn to cope with a new reality following the worst of the pandemic, we can come together again and experience the joy we find in each other and in the world around us. Gratitude- for our health, and for the many kindnesses we have benefited from in an otherwise difficult year. Gratitude is especially resonant for us. Kendal at Home’s mission is built upon the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. Adopting and living these values can foster a more gratifying family experience and make a family of our community.
We at Kendal at Home are especially grateful as 2021 draws to a close. It has been a year of challenges, to be sure. But in this challenging year, we have been fortunate enough to expand our mission, our programming and our team. We have welcomed new Members; including our first Members in the Greater Boston area. And we have helped to provide Members and their families a sense of security and balance which empowers them to pursue their second acts with grace and confidence. And after all, isn’t that sense of security the best gift that a person can offer to their family?
So, whether the prevailing emotion at your Thanksgiving table this year is gratitude, love or relief, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends and comforted by the quiet knowledge that you’ve made sound decisions for yourself and your loved ones. Let us be grateful for what we have. And who we have. And whom we’ve been fortunate enough to love.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." -Marcel Proust