Every time Thanksgiving rolls around, people throughout the US cook up a turkey and their favorite sides to celebrate what they're truly thankful for. And while we love spending time with our families, parents who have children in the hospital or infants in the NICU don't always get to have that experience. In honor of Thanksgiving, staff members at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta walked the hospital halls asking "people big and small" what they're thankful for, and the answers were moving.
"For those who spend time in our hospitals, the season of gratitude can spark nostalgia for days when they, too, lived in a safe cocoon that masked the beauty of the little things many of us take for granted," Jessica Pope, the Public Relations Manager at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, told POPSUGAR.
"We heard nary a mention of vacations or things you buy at the mall."
Although it's easy for parents to get caught up in the hum-drums of every day life — like a child's low test score or tension at work — the photo series is meant to remind parents not to sweat the small stuff.
"We heard nary a mention of vacations or things you buy at the mall," said Jessica. "Instead, we heard about otherwise ordinary aspects of everyday life many of us take for granted: having taste buds that work, sleeping in your own bed, going to school, and breathing fresh air."
The hospital network enlisted the help of photographer Kate T. Parker to snap photos of the participants, and the results are beyond powerful. Scroll through to get a look at what each person has to be grateful for this year.