January 19, 2011. I watched an interesting DVD the other night with my wife called My Sister's Keeper. The film shows how a family deals with one of the daughters having cancer, and, I have to admit, I was quickly wiping my eyes when my kids unexpectedly came home toward the end of the show. Anyway, one of the themes of the movie seemed to express how life is a gift that we each experience, and how important it is to be thankful for it, even when it is cut short. I made a connection with that theme and a conversation I had with a student last week about gifts in general, as we just celebrated Christmas. The theme of that conversation was that it's important to place more value on the giver of the gift than the gift itself. (Yes, we are thankful for the hand-knit socks, but even more thankful for Grandma who made them.) I suppose the logical application, then, in regards to being thankful for life, is to be even more thankful for the persons who gave us life, first our parents, but ultimately to the creator himself.