2020 will be a different type of Thanksgiving for so many as the virus continues to dictate a change in plans. In a year of enduring hardships, the original Thanksgiving comes to mind. Pilgrim settlers celebrating a good harvest with friends after an incredibly difficult start in the new land filled with sickness and death. As a school boy, I remember learning about the Pilgrim’s Indian friend, Squanto. If you don’t know or remember Squanto’s story; it is an amazing one which I’d encourage you to read HERE.
There are countless 2020 lessons for us to learn from Squanto’s life story. Perseverance, survival, a willingness to accept others that are different, a willingness to give people a second chance and the desire to help others are some that you could easily apply in this year of challenges.
In a year such as this, it is easy to focus on all that has been hard, and maybe more than any recent year, I find it very important to remember what I’m thankful for. At the top of that list are my relationships with friends, family, and clients. Our entire team is grateful for the opportunity to assist clients in achieving their financial goals. I’m also thankful for my teammates at Levine Group. It is a blessing each day to work alongside people who truly want to do a good job for our clients.
I’m also thankful for grandparents, both my own and my children’s. Just a month ago, we buried my dad’s mother, who was my last living grandparent. The love and support of grandparents has played a very big role in my life. I hope that you were able to experience the same and are able to provide the same to your grandchildren now or in the future. Coach-pitch baseball, backyard football, rivers to canoe, fish to catch, pink unicorns and quiet moments with my bride are the icing on the cake for me.
Finally, I’m thankful for Squanto. Without him, I might be typing this email from some European country or possibly not at all. I’m proud and thankful to live in our great country, even in 2020.
As always, we hope you find the attached Weekly Market Review both informative and interesting. Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving!
Trevor N. Coe, CFP®