Being Tremendously Thankful for Family, Friends and The Arc

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 “Being Tremendously Thankful for Family, Friends and The Arc”

Hello, everyone! I hope that everyone is having a nice month of November, just like I and the other Arc Participants are having. The Participants made Thanksgiving inspired arts and crafts, such as, Mayflower Paper Ships.

The other Arc Participants and I looked forward to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by having a pie social gathering that we had on Thursday, November 16th and a Thanksgiving Dance on Wednesday, November 22nd with our friends. My classmate and I chose the music for these events.

On Friday, November 17th, we had a Thanksgiving Classroom Door Decorating Contest. I wore my turkey legs headband that I love so much. My classroom is named “The Press Club” (we’re responsible for making the informational flyers that are passed out and sent home with the Participants. Updating the bulletin boards around The Arc. Also, keeping the other classrooms informed about the activities that go on during the week.) Our door was decorated with the funny little yellow henchmen named minions from the Despicable Me and Minions movie franchises. We named our door decoration, “A Minion Reasons to be Thankful.” I’m very proud to say that my class won the second place certificate!

This month, I read Thanksgiving stories to our fellow Arc Participants. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schultz, Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George by H.A. and Margret Rey and The Amazing Turkey Rescue by Steve Metzger.

Also, on Friday, November 17th, some of the other Arc Participants and myself made Mickey Mouse pilgrim hats to celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and the 89th anniversary of the creation of the world’s favorite cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have always been one of my favorite Disney characters ever since I went to Disney World and met them in 1993 and in 2011. We learned that Mickey and Minnie officially debuted on November 18th, 1928 in Steamboat Willie, one of the first sound cartoons. Mickey went on to appear in over 130 films including Fantasia in 1940. Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Nine of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character.  Mickey has also appeared in comic books and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club, originally airing in 1955 to 1959 and again in 1989 to 1996 and returned in 2017 to social media. Walt Disney got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from his old pet mouse he used to have on his farm. “Mortimer Mouse” had been Disney’s original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, and ultimately Mickey Mouse came to be.  My favorite quote from Walt Disney is, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

This Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful for my family and all my friends at The Arc. On Sunday November 4th, I was very fortunate to spend the day with my family at the Alzafar Shriners’ Circus. Also, I had the chance to see one of my friends named Mariah; she is a former Ms. Wheelchair America winner of 2013.

I’m going to be watching the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my mom and drinking plenty of eggnog.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that everyone and your families will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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