It is our tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving as a Colorado Center for the Blind family on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, and so we did yesterday. Students started preparing the meal in October baking and freezing yeast rolls, and finished up all the cooking part on Wednesday. In fact, this year we not only had ham and turkey, students also smoked a turkey on a new smoker donated to the center by Proud Souls Barbecue and Provisions. And then there were mashed potatoes and gravy, two kinds of dressing, two different sweet potato dishes, two kinds of cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin and pecan pies.
It was absolutely wonderful, as you can imagine, but the best part comes last when we go around the room and talk about all that we are thankful for. And what we are most thankful for is this community of blind friends, teachers, and mentors and the opportunities afforded at the center for learning and helping each other grow. We believe our blind students can reach their dreams, and as they learn new skills and find new inspiration in each other, they begin to believe they can, too.