Lesson 15 in the sixth grade curriculum was on Thanksgiving. And as I flipped through the slide show nearly five times I was reminded of the history, food, and traditions surrounding the holiday. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It ushers in the holiday season. The temperature is borderline cold, allowing myself to bundle up without freezing. Family drives in from hours away with the sole purpose of spending time together in a warm home, eating a lot of food, watching a movie, and falling asleep. This year no doubt was going to be different.
Since we didn’t actually get any time off of Thanksgiving (can you believe that:) some of our English teacher friends decided to get together our friend Mark’s apartment on Friday night. So each person brought something and we shared a meal. The meal consisted of fried chicken, some delicious mashed potatoes, homemade apple sauce, loads of dinner rolls, and two (store-bought) pies provided by BreeAnn and me. As the thirteen of us crammed in, got our plates and sat on the floor I looked around and saw a mix-matched group of people thrown together in a foreign country happy to have survived so far. And I thought we weren’t so different from the pilgrims (besides all the death and hardships).
Throughout the weekend we were able to Skype with our families which was such a blessing. And as much as we missed them, it was so good to see everyone’s faces and to have a small conversation.