Reaction to “Allegiance to Gratitude”

The chapter titled “Allegiance to Gratitude” in Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer discusses the Thanksgiving Address, a series of paragraphs stating what people are thankful for. They talk about how they’re thankful for berries, fish, water, just about anything that nature provides for people. These paragraphs are very beautifully versed and poetic, and they really capture full appreciation for the natural world. I loved this because we live in a very fast-paced world now, and very rarely do we get the time to sit back and be appreciative of all the plants, animals, and stars that we share our daily lives with. I think it’s important to think about this every so often and just remember that Earth has given us so much, and we need to take care of it. I also like how the Thanksgiving Address personified a lot of celestial bodies. Even though the sun and moon are inanimate objects in space, giving them human qualities allows us to form a connection with them instead of feeling so distanced. While they are balls of gas and rock in space, they are still important and we should be grateful that they serve their purpose.

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