Hot on the heels of Halloween is another holiday American expats have to improvise over here. I like this celebrating of traditions in new ways.
I’ll be heading to a Thanksgiving “apero” on Friday (hey, it’s a cultural melange!), but in the meantime, here is an abbreviated gratitude list. I’ve been incorporating this practice of recognizing life’s bounty into my regular routine anyway; the holiday is just a more formalized chance to say thanks!
I’m thankful that my close friend came through his heart procedure successfully today. I’m thankful for my own open heart.
I’m thankful I can sit with uncertainty, though it can feel scary and hard.
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do,” artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said.
I’m thankful for inspiring quotes. Inspring stories. Inspiring people and lives.
I’m thankful for the proverbs on each sachet of Yogi tea.
I’m thankful for silly status updates from friends far and wide – though I really shouldn’t spend quite so much time online.
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As we speak, this wonderful, witty woman is making + baking a Thanksgiving feast.
Good times at my birthday
(To avoid confusion, I’m referring to the woman who is not me in the picture, of course. You know by now, yes? I don’t cook or bake. I am very thankful others do!)
Molly is my fabulous American friend who is hosting Thanksgiving dinner tonight with her French partner. I think it will mainly be French people, which is why the feast doesn’t begin until 8 PM. (Don’t they know you’re supposed to eat and drink all day?! Well, it is just a regular Thursday here, I suppose.)
No matter, this allows me more time to reflect on what I am thankful for.
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