Happy Thanksgiving

By Jeremy Brunaccioni on November 22, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

With the start of this school year, I unexpectedly lost my mother. She was in her early 60s and had battled cancer for 18 years. She was the mom my friends could go to if their home life wasn’t what it should be, the mom you could count on to take care of you when you were sick, the mom who would be there for you no matter what path you chose in life.  Not having Mom here this Thanksgiving puts a whole new spin on what I’m thankful for.

I am thankful for my wonderful family, my brother and sister, dad, aunts and cousins, and my good dog Finn.

I am thankful for the chance to make a difference both through teaching and volunteering.

I am thankful for all of the supportive friends that enrich my life.

I am thankful for the wonderful literature that I have access to, whether it be picture books, poems, or novels.

I am thankful for having had a mother that supported me in all that I do and giving me the courage to try.


Dear Jeremy,
just came across this posting. Made me cry... Good tears though... So many good memories of Mom. As I said at her Celebration of Life Service, Mom had an amazing way of connecting and forming lasting friendships with everyone she met... And many of those friends, battling their own demons in their lives, looked to her for support... And even though her plate was quite full, she was always there for them, with a listening ear and a guiding spirit. She was truly a loving soul who knew that we are not islands unto ourselves, but that all of our lives are interconnected.

And now I see you making such a difference in the lives of so many young people through your teaching.

Jeremy, just know that Mom and I are so very, very proud of you and all you do.


Jeremy, so sorry to hear about your loss. I've been away from reading the Blog for awhile...but seeing yu still here put a smile on my face. I always enjoy reading your posts. I too feel your heartache. I lost my dad to cancer 3 years ago. Sending you a big cyber hug! Would love to catch up again some time. Sheri (your local friend you haven't heard from in a bit)

Jeremy, I read your post and could feel your heartache. I lost my mother 13 years ago just 6 months after my dad passed away. I well remember that first Thanksgiving. HARD! But, like you, I was blessed to have sweet memories that had been created by parents who encouraged me and loved me. Years pass, and time does help. However, the empty spots left by both of them remain empty, and many times I just have to let myself grieve. My mother had a favorite saying, "This, too, shall pass." And after a bit of sadness, it does pass. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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