Over the years, this has truly become one of my favorite holidays. It always seems to be both with Americans and with transplants to America. Maybe because for one day, we all truly celebrate the same thing, with friends or with family or with strangers, around a table to express a sense of community and a sense of gratitude.
It’s also the unofficial start to the holiday season in the US – after today, anything Christmas seems to be fair game. Ours will be different this year, but we will still have a house full of family and friends in the weeks ahead to help us celebrate just as much!
And in that spirit, I realize that I am truly grateful for so many things this year:
Grateful to finally feel at home in a place where I thought I never would.
Grateful to have the privilege of being seated at one table, with friends who have become closer, and with my family who has become bigger.
Grateful that I have had this past year at home to care for this larger (but still little family) of ours – to have that time away from my daily work to capture the moments, both good and bad, of my two children who are blossoming before my very eyes.
Grateful to be able to provide for them, to feed them, to shelter them, to educate them and to love them.
Grateful that there are members in my family who are here for yet another Thanksgiving. They might not be at my table this year, but it gives me great hope that they will be at my table next year.
Grateful that there are those in our circle of friends and family who work this holiday without complaint, often times in dangerous, stressful, or ungrateful places, so that we do not have to.
Grateful for the fact that when we were “refugees” ourselves a long time ago looking to start a new life, more doors were open to us than were closed, and hopeful that others continue on in this spirit.
Grateful for here, and grateful for now.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful thanksgiving holiday!