Because one day of Thanksgiving isn't enough (6 of 7)
Today (as a stand-in for yesterday!), I give thanks for play. It took me a while, as an adult, to come to see the importance and in fact necessity of play, but I have definitely come to see it as one of the human needs that is perhaps surprisingly low down on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Play brings an opportunity for imagination, laughter, connection, lightheartedness. I know that not everyone has access to the time and space that allow for play, and I see that as a deep reflection of the injustice that we more commonly see in the uneven distribution of other resources like money, food, safety. I think that in order to thrive, humans of all ages need opportunities to play, both alone and together, and I'm grateful for my own access to play.