A great big Happy Thanksgiving from myself and Lane. This Thanksgiving morning I sit on my couch, still in my totally awesome Korean apron covered in flour, as Lane sleeps cuddled up next to my leg and I patiently wait and hope that the dough rises on these rolls I’m attempting to make from scratch!
I can’t remember the last time I sat down at a table for a family Thanksgiving, maybe 2007 or 2008? Yes, it’s been that long. Last year I was half way around the world eating spicy chicken at a chain restaurant in Korea. This year, even though I’m 3,000 miles away from my immediate family I will still have a semblance of a proper Thanksgiving, with family and friends.
I called my mom this morning, and as she told me I was on speaker phone and I heard the chorus of “Hello’s” from the background it made me sad. Sad that I’m far away, sad that a flight home was more than I could afford, and sad that I’ll miss the home-cooked food with my parents, aunts, uncle, and cousins for one more year in a row. But on today of all days, I shouldn’t be sad, I should be glad, and thankful. Thankful that I have family in Seattle, thankful that my friends and family who are also 3,000 miles away from “home” are gathering with home cooked food and sitting down for our version of Thanksgiving.
In a time in my life when my career, finances, and personal life might not be in the state I’d like them to be, it’s hard to sit back and see the good, but today I will. Today I will finally refuse to be anything but thankful. I’ll keep the tv off, listen to my christmas music softly in the background, as I look out on the rainy weather and cuddle with Lane on the couch. I’ll head to my cousin’s home and enjoy the afternoon with 2 bouncing toddlers, the world’s largest and smallest dogs, and of course friends and family at the dinner table. We’ll talk, we’ll laugh, we’ll drink and we’ll eat, oh goodness, we’re gonna eat!
Even on the grayest and rainiest of Thankgiving days in Seattle let’s all be Thankful! From my tiny family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!