What are you thankful for? The simplicity in these kids' answers is heartwarming.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the folks at SheKnows asked a group of kids a few questions about the holiday.

In the latest video in the site's #HatchKids series, a group of children were asked to chat about a few of the people and things they're thankful for. Their responses were exactly the type of innocent, loving, adorable answers you'd expect (or at least hope for) from a group of kids.

Of course, what the kids didn't know was that their parents were watching the whole thing in the next room.


Don't screw up, kids. Your parents are watching. All GIFs via SheKnows/YouTube.

When asked who they're thankful for and why, the kids focused on their parents.

This guy's awesome mom got a shout-out.

As did this girl's supportive parents.

Needless to say, some of the parents got a bit choked up hearing their little ones being so ... well, thankful!

But what does being thankful even mean? The kids had similarly awesome answers to that question too.

Being thankful is appreciating what you have.


Being thankful is recognizing your good fortune.

And being thankful is appreciating the people in your life and what they've done to make your world a better place.

Thanksgiving, in the sense it's celebrated today, is a time for love and reflection. But it doesn't need to be just one day.

We can treat every day as an opportunity to look at our lives and count ourselves lucky for what we have. We can treat every day as an opportunity to reach out to the people in our lives and let them know how much they mean to us.

So take some time today and ask yourself who you're thankful for. Whether you send a note, text, email, phone call, or hug, you can brighten someone else's day by letting them know how much they brighten yours.

Watch the #Hatchkids' latest video below, and share your thanks with someone in your life.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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