… or more likely… the day for watching football (the American kind) and eating too much!
The first time I moved to the US with my parents we did not really celebrate Thanksgiving. It was more just a week when I did not have to school all week, which was always a good thing at that point… I did not enjoy the transition from the years in Paris, to settling in to a new school in Texas. That trip only lasted two years before I headed to London for University. When at Uni, there was no time off for Thanksgiving (well duh, not like the Brits would celebrate it!), but we would always go up to Tutu’s for lunch. On Thanksgiving day itself we often sat in the corner eating lunch only to see the Americans (inly a couple mind you) come in and do a little celebration. Nothing big or loud, but we knew what it was. We respected them by not interfering, but I do think there were a lot of shared smiles for the silly custom.
Now I am back. Someone in the family always cooks, and we enjoy it, but still it is not a huge deal for me except to have a couple of days off from work, but in the spirit of the day, I have been thinking about what I am thankful for.
- Mum mum – We have been together for over five years now, three of which we have been married. We have our ups and downs, but I am extremely thankful to have a beautiful and intelligent wife, who has gone through pregnancy once, and is doing so again, to give us our daughters. Thank you
- The pies… Pickle Pie, Pixie, and Cat Pie… I am really looking forward to meeting and bonding with Pixie, although the loss of sleep will be trying. I love Pickle Pie and love to see how she is growing and changing, and becoming such a little person. Cat Pie is very cuddly when it is cold, and otherwise does a great job at patrolling the house, letting me know if anything is wrong (at all times of the day or night), and I don’t need an alarm with her in the house… The morning HUNGRY yaks do a perfectly good job of that… although her timing is sometimes off as I really don’t need to get up a 5am on some weekend days!
- Family – My parents, Angel’s parents, the brothers, and our extended family overseas. The support we have had over the years has made my life a lot easier, and I cannot thank everyone enough for that.
- My job. Working where I do can be stressful at times. Long hours, some travel, and lots and lots of issues to deal with, but I have grown from a project manager running small Client Automation projects, to a PM lead, running a team of PM’s which helping mentor them, and guide them. I still have my project load which will hopefully dip over the coming months, but the new job (official as of just under two weeks ago – another post may be on the way for that) will offer challenges and opportunities I have not faced before, and I am looking forward to it.
- Friends. I have a great network of friends, both near and far. You know who you are, and I am thankful for the time you have given me, the time we have shared (or at least most of it!) and the friendship we have shared.
There is a lot that is not quite as I may like it to be in my life, but today, to me, is not a day to dwell on what may not be right, but to reflect on what is right, and to take strength and energy from that, which on most days can be hard given how life just beats down at you. For those of you in the US, or celebrating overseas, enjoy the day. Eat too much, and if you are completely crazy go to bed early in anticipation of the busiest shopping day of the year, getting up at silly hours to stand outside (and hopefully it will be a lot cooler by then) and fight everyone for the deals available. For the rest of you… well, enjoy the work day if you are working. Study hard if you are school, and then have a beer (or a non alcoholic drink if you must) and spend a sec thinking about what is good in your life… It is a good exercise for us all to do I think.
Happy Turkey Day Y’all!