What are The Incline readers thankful for in 2021?

We asked, and you came back with all the feel-good, grateful messages. Here’s what The Incline readers and followers said they are thankful for this year:

“I’m thankful for our mail carrier, Joe, who delivers the mail in our corner of Squirrel Hill no matter the weather. He helps us feel a little more connected to the greater world, especially on those days we feel alone.” Boaz F.

“​​I’m most thankful that we moved my 88-year old mom from Florida to assisted living in Pittsburgh. She is so much better not living alone and I can see her all the time to play cards and manage her daily affairs.” Carrie G.

“This year, I’ve been ridiculously thankful for my local Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Facebook group. I’ve met so many incredible neighbors through conversation and gives, received and gotten rid of so much stuff that might have been destined for the landfill, and even found a new home for one of my mom’s cats after she passed away suddenly last December. I am so grateful to have found this amazing community. Check on Facebook if your neighborhood has its own page, I highly recommend joining it!” Caedyn B.

“We have moved away now, but I’m so thankful that I grew up surrounded by green trees, grass, and wildflowers and had Mr. Rogers to watch with our little girl everyday… Colorado is dry dry dry and finding a river is almost impossible” Marcia S.

“Thankful for the resumption of theater! CLO, Benedum, Byham, Heinz Hall, and all the rest! Carol E.

“I am thankful that Pittsburgh has the great hospitals we have. They saved my life.” Leanne N.

“I am grateful for the young people moving to Pittsburgh bringing vitality to this old town. the new restaurants, music venues, and art installations keep making Pittsburgh a wonderful place to live.” Joanie C.

“Working from home with my own bathroom 🚽😎” @1wheelken

“Our squad! They truly make Pittsburgh a *sweeter* place & we are so inspired by their commitment to spreading love. Ice cream seems trivial during a global pandemic but damn do we need those joyful moments. 🙌🙏💕” @millies

“So thankful for @helloneighborhq to welcome everyone to Pittsburgh 💜💜💜🙏🏼🤗🤗  Ebtehal B

“Incredibly grateful for our baristas who have been serving customers safely, consistently and keeping a high standard of service even in the most fatiguing shifts! Also so grateful to our customers who have supported us through 2021 (which was sometimes even harder than 2020!) and support all of our community initiatives. We love you, Pittsburgh, so much!”   @addacoffeehouse

“Very grateful for my continued health and opportunities to serve this incredible city and interact with everyone on a daily basis. I am endlessly grateful for my customers and their love, kindness, and grace toward me. I love all your butts ❤️” @brothmonger

“Also for Bridges. Because it would be terrible to be stuck on the Millvale side of the river indefinitely.” @pittsburghpersonified 

“We are overly thankful for Pittsburgh peeps in general! The well of guest opportunities is endless because of the 412!” @yajagoff

“The Heinz History Center is thankful for the wonderful and diverse communities we serve in Pittsburgh and beyond. We’re also incredibly thankful for our frontline workers at History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft, who have endured so much and greet our visitors each day with a big smile underneath their masks!” @historycenter

“Good health and the ability to hope for a better future.” @sherbellevs

“The arts returning for sure, but specifically that so many of our local arts organizations made the hard but important decision to protect audiences, staff, and performers by mandating vaccinations and masking. Shout out to my favorite theater @arcadecomedy for being a leader on that front.” @lizlabs

💛 Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write out why they are thankful to be citizens of the Steel City. We are endlessly grateful for you.

Editor’s note:

Feeling good after those thankful notes from your neighbors? I am too.

This year, I’m so grateful to have become the Director of The Incline, a space where Pittsburghers near and far come together to feel more connected to the city we all know and love. Pittsburgh means so much to me, and I feel a real sense of duty in uplifting local journalism and engaging the public in stories that matter. We can all feel like more engaged citizens when we actively pay attention to what’s happening in our community, and I’m just so thrilled to be a meaningful link in your connection to the ‘Burgh. Yinz are the absolute best.

💛 412 forever,

— Francesca at The Incline