one of my most satisfying Thanksgivings yet
Early yesterday morning, I awoke to emails from two former students. They had each written me, from China, to wish us a happy Thanksgiving. Last year, they studied at Murray State University and were invited to roadtrip up to Chicago with The Husband and I, and to celebrate the holiday with us at my mom’s house. Waking up to their emails kicked my thoughts on this year’s holiday into overdrive.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking more than usual about all of the things I have to be thankful for, and I’ve also been reminiscing quite a bit about Thanksgivings past. Growing up, I absolutely loved the holiday because our whole family would gather at my grandma’s house to play, reconnect, and eat too much good food. And for each of the last three years, we’ve celebrated in a novel way: with fellow Fulbrighters in Morocco, with friends in Poland, and last year, with my students from China here in the US.
I don’t like to admit this but I had been feeling like Thanksgiving this year may have paled in comparison to previous celebrations. And now, as I sit here finishing the last bite of leftover pie, I realize that celebrating this year was one of the most satisfying Thanksgivings that I have ever had.
It’s good to be home, and even better to be surrounded by family. This year’s Thanksgiving had all of the elements that I’ve loved over the years: cooking together, lots of delicious food, a houseful of people, and sharing the holiday with people who are celebrating it for the first time.
That last point may be the biggest one, and it’s easily the number one thing I am most thankful for this year.