In the early years of our life here, we didn’t know what to make of Thanksgiving. Stripped of sentimentality, this event made us spectators of the holiday madness in the lead-up to the last Thursday of November with no grand finale to anticipate. It was an interesting place to be, anthropologically speaking. I was especially amused to be asked how Singaporeans or the French celebrated Thanksgiving, trying my best not to balk at the blatant display of cultural ignorance.
Fortunately, time is the best remedy for assimilating into a new culture, and the longer that I’m here, the greater the significance that the last Thursday of November has on me. Beyond searching for the perfect way to brine a turkey, the ‘best’ pumpkin pie recipe or the ‘most delicious’ sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving is really just that – Giving Thanks. For one day a year, the entire country focuses on gathering around a table to share a meal, while reminding ourselves of the things that we’re thankful for – because it’s so easy to gloss over. So, to remind my future, traffic-harassed, coffee-deprived self, here are some of the things I’m giving thanks for this year:
- A happy marriage.
- Having a network of truly amazing, honest friends, both past and present, who keep me honest, hopeful and excited about the future.
- Knowing how to cook.
- Living in a place with easy access to some of the freshest, most nutritious produce, and being able to connect with the people that produce them.
- Surviving a car accident with no serious injuries.
- A daily yoga practice that keeps me sane, healthy and free of bugs.
- Blog readers (yes, YOU), who may or may not be part of the 350 people on Facebook, that keep reading (if not commenting) on every post that I publish, whether or not it suits your fancy, is ‘trendy’ or makes it to the front page of WordPress.com.
- Blue rain boots and bold Fall colors from the trees around our home – the beauty of the scene makes the transition into Winter just a tad easier.
- Having our own vegetable patch.
- The opportunities we have had, and those lying ahead, waiting to be uncovered.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving – have a happy and sweet one with those closest and dear to you. If you’re not, well, stay tuned for my post about our meal!