Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

Today in the United States is the celebration of Thanksgiving. Families gather around the table to stuff their faces and celebrate everything for which they are thankful. Of course, it is not a holiday in Europe so today is a regular Thursday, complete with classes and presentations. While I am not the biggest Thanksgiving fan (I'd like to get right to Christmas and I am not fond of Thanksgiving dinner really at all if I am being honest), I cannot help but think about Thanksgiving in America today; I have so much to be thankful for. I would like to say thank you to all of the people who aided in sending me to Europe, especially my parents and siblings. Nothing I have ever done, and nothing I will ever be, could happen without them and I am forever grateful to them for giving me everything I could ever want and more. I am thankful for the love and support I have found in the people of the world and I am grateful every moment for the people that have decided to make an appearance in my life; every one of you has made an impact and I am forever indebted to all of you. Even though I might not get to be with my immediate family today, I get to be with my new Nachbar Huis/ European family, and that is a blessing in itself. I'm excited to share this meal with friends for the first time. I am thankful for everything I posses that I do want,yet I also give thanks for the things I do not have that I do not want. I'm incredibly thankful for this life and the people I get to share it with. I hope every single one of you enjoys your Thanksgiving, whether you're celebrating at home, or are in a country thousands of miles away. Today is not about the meal, but about being thankful for the beauty of the world and the people who put that beauty there. Happy Thanksgiving!

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