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Winding Waters second-graders share Thanksgiving essays

Second-grader Adriana Rodriquez, 7, reads her Thanksgiving essay to parents and visitors during teacher Josephine Maher’s annual Thanksgiving dessert at Winding Waters K-8 in Weeki Wachee.

PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE | Special to the Times

Second-grader Adriana Rodriquez, 7, reads her Thanksgiving essay to parents and visitors during teacher Josephine Maher’s annual Thanksgiving dessert at Winding Waters K-8 in Weeki Wachee.


Whether to put gravy on mashed potatoes seems to be an issue of concern to some Winding Waters second-graders, who included that dilemma as they considered what they're thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

Nikolas Essig, 8, said he is thankful for his mother, "because she does not put gravy on my mashed potatoes."

Conversely, Trinity Street, 8, said, "I am thankful for my mom. She puts gravy on my potatoes."

It wasn't all about mashed potatoes, though. When teacher Josephine Maher assigned the Thanksgiving essay, she pointed out the differences between wants and needs. The students' comprehension of this concept was evident as they read their writings aloud at Maher's annual Thanksgiving dessert.

The children were all thankful for their families, but they mentioned their own personal notes.

"Mommy makes me chicken noodle soup when I'm sick," said Kaneah King, 7.

"When I'm sick, my mom lets me watch TV all day long," said Justin Boyle, 7.

"My mom folds my clothes, and my dad makes my favorite food — mashed potatoes," said Adriana Rodriquez, 7.

Joseph Pace, 7, was particularly thankful for his brother.

"My brother is my favorite person in the world, because he is really nice to me and he makes me stuff in class."

Said Andrew Herrin, 7: "Dad makes me yummy pancakes because they are my favorite."

Keelan Brannan, 7, admitted he was nervous reading his essay, but likes Thanksgiving dinner.

"My mom makes a special dinner for Thanksgiving — sweet potatoes, turkey, apple pie and pumpkin pie," he said.

Corbin Blevins, 8, mentioned how lucky he is since, he said, "I don't have to eat out of garbage cans" like some kids do.

When Teniyah Derival, 7, read her essay, it was almost as if the turkey was roasting right in the classroom.

"I could just pass out right now from that aroma from that baking turkey," she said. "I can just take that humongous turkey and put all of it in my mouth in one giant bite!"

Teniyah isn't keen on green foods, though.

"My mom does not give me a lot of vegetables, because she knows I don't like them," she said.

Georgia Johns, 7, appreciates her mother's attention.

"My mom rubs my back every night," she said.

Most of the students mentioned their teacher as something for which to be thankful.

Landon Byington, 8, said it well.

"My wonderful teacher, Mrs. Maher, cares about me. We dance together to I Like to Work It, Work It," he said.

Apparently happy dancing is not uncommon in Maher's room.

Said Teniyah: "I love when my teacher does the happy dance."

Winding Waters second-graders share Thanksgiving essays 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:43am]
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