Friday, October 09, 2015

Canadian Thanksgiving

Is this weekend.

Back in Canada, my family will come together, as will most of my friends families, for a meal.  For my family, that generally means turkey and ham, a lot of mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables of carrots, turnips, peas, brussels sprouts, cauliflower (exact vegetables are subject to change..), and then pie or a crisp for dessert.  Mmm... I definitely am finding myself in pie withdrawal.  I haven't really come across appealing pie at any of the cafés or stores I have frequented.  I suppose I might miss the turkey, too, since it doesn't really exist here...

And of course I miss my family.  I wish I could join them around the table and hear about all the news that everyone has to share--so infrequent are the big gatherings that there is always a lot of catching up to do.

But I am neither there, nor are they here.  And honestly, I have had a sporadic attendance rate the last couple of years because of school or work as well.  The only big difference this year is that I am now in a different country. =P

Still, I am ever thankful.  Here are a few that make the list this year:

1. I am thankful for days that are still warm enough for shorts, but nights that are at last cool enough for sweaters.

2. I am thankful that, despite how the cafeteria food here is sometimes highly unappetizing, I am provided with both food and a roof over my head.

3. I am thankful for the chance to learn a new language, to explore a different culture and to grow as an individual.

4. I am thankful every time one of my students greets me by name with a smile, showing me that they are happy I am here.

5. I am thankful that I have a chance to meet and interact with such fantastic students.  They have their quirks and charms, and I appreciate them all.

6. I am thankful for new friends, new adventures, and lots of laughs along the way.

And let me return the question to you.  Stop. Think: What are you thankful for today?

Love and Hugs.
An Oarfish and Me at a museum last week.


Unknown said...

Miss you, but very thankful that you seem to be having an amazing adventure!

Unknown said...

Miss you too, but thankful that we are hearing from you so often and that you seem well and happy. Happy Thanksgiving. We will have pie whenever we see you next!

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