Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield: What Are You Thankful for on Thanksgiving 2020?
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Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield: What Are You Thankful for on Thanksgiving 2020?

The Connection asked people encountered outside, just enjoying nature or waiting in line for services: “What are you thankful for in 2020?” As you think about how you would answer, does it surprise you that “family” was a recurrent theme in the answer we heard from your neighbors?

Photos by Susan Laume/The Connection

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Anna Anisimova, paralegal, Alexandria: “The value of family and being close to each other during confinement and valuing each other more.”

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Judith Fogel, event programmer, Alexandria; with husband Ken Notis, economist, celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary: “With my husband and I both working at home, I’m glad that although I annoy him in a thousand which ways every single day, unintentionally, that we still love being together, and spending more time outdoors than ever before.”

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Grace Musser (right), college student, Alexandria; with sister Kate, high school student: “Definitely family. That we can still be together even though we are distanced. And Joe Biden.”

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Sara Gopal, graduate student, D.C.: “For afternoons I can take my children out while the weather is still inviting. Live instruction in the morning, so some days we have free afternoons to get out.”

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Tom Storer, insurance agent, Lorton: “My family’s health.”

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Tia, Therapy Dog, Springfield (thru interpreter): “Having my human with me almost all the time, and a lot more time in the parks. Although I miss reading with kids at the library and other work, I’ve noticed how glad people are to greet me outside on the trails this year.”

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Tamaria Perry, charity fundraiser, Woodbridge: “My health; that I have a job with health insurance, and that I like the people I live with and the work I do.”

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Thomas Lee, engineer, Centreville: "That I’m alive and healthy and my family is all healthy.”

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Lillian B, IT manager, Springfield: “Life. For my family though we’re separated. That pandemic should bring people closer to friends, family, and even strangers since we’re all going through it together. To have my job which wasn’t affected by Covid. Just for life.”

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Marie D., nurse, Lorton: “That people appreciate their neighbors more. Health care workers are much more appreciated. That 150 million people voted…and wish people would pay more attention to that.”

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Dave Vassel, production supervision, Fredericksburg: “Family: it’s all we have right now. If you can’t rely on them now, what do you have?”

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Becky McNair, retired, Fairfax: “Settings like this.” [speaking of Mason Neck State Park]