Updated:Written: November 27, 2014
This will be our eighth Thanksgiving away from my friends in the States. I have decided to just keep adding tidbits to the post as the years pass.
I feel a bit nostalgic about it. Memories abound! Every year, my best friend would fly in from Bermuda. I met her in college many many moons ago :-). I will not date myself by saying how many..haha! She was one year ahead of me, and after graduation, she moved back home. Since Bermuda is a British colony, they do not celebrate Thanksgiving. We then decided that would be a perfect time to celebrate together.
Los Angeles Thanksgiving Day:
I remember we would have friends over, people who either didn’t celebrate it (foreigners) or friends who couldn’t go back home for whatever reason. Each year the number grew. Our first one was about 5 of us. I remember the biggest number of people we had was 30, l think that was in 1998!. My friend was always a trooper though, she would cook for all of us, and loved it. My job was to drive her to the grocery store and complain.
I hate shopping with a passion, while she loved to compare the yams, pie ingredients etc. It was always so much fun. A day to hang out, drink, and eat entirely too much. My housemates always loved to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. I hated that too! What a surprise. New Year’s parade l liked, but not that one.
This year, l am thankful for a lot of things. The big one being that we are alive and in good health. Since losing my sister, life seems so much more precious to me. It has given me a whole new perspective on everything, and l often find myself saying a little prayer for small things. I read this somewhere and l think it is quite appropriate:
“It’s a wise man who lives with money in the bank. It’s a fool who dies that way” – French proverb
I’m not saying one should go out and blow all their money of course. I am just saying sometimes we focus so much on saving, that we forget to enjoy the fruits of our labor. As a childless by choice couple, we have chosen to stop and smell the roses. I am thankful that we are able to do so, thanks to frugal living.
Sure, we got derailed with some horrible events including my sister’s medical bills, as she had no coverage to speak of…but c’est la vie. The horrible stock market crash seemed to suck the juice out of us in so many ways, as it did a whole lot of others, but a huge and valuable lesson was learned! I have told all nieces and nephews to expect zip..nada..zilch..lol! :-). We’re gonna blow it all… haha!
Palm Springs Thanksgiving Day:
Fast forward to our last visit to the States in 2016. We celebrated Thanksgiving day with my former housemates who live in Palm Springs now. It was wonderful. Once again, my best friend flew in from Bermuda and former coworkers came for dinner. It was just like old times and it’s true what they say. The family doesn’t always have to be blood relatives. Looking back now, I can´t believe it has already been four years!
Valencia Thanksgiving Day:
Last year, we spent Thanksgiving Day with new friends here in Valencia. Our host and hostess made turkey, stuffing, ham and so much more. It was another wonderful day. With everyone being so far away from home, it was nice to bond with fellow immigrants in our new home base.
Thanksgiving Day Lately:
Since then, we have pretty much let go of celebrating Thanksgiving. We stay home and make a special seafood pasta with scallops (which costs a lot here when you compare it to other seafood). This year though, it’s a margarita lunch with friends. Yeah! I’m okay with that being a new tradition in lieu of turkey.
Just like in the states, we are now constantly bombarded by Black Friday Sales. I find it almost comical as it is literally everywhere, and on everything, including real estate! :-). I´ve seen Black November, Black Day, Black Week. They slap it on everything, but at least for the first time, I am seeing actual discounts, not like a 5% discount like in the previous years.
I had ruled out visiting the states for this year, thanks to the shenanigans that were happening there. Now though, I have renewed hope that things will take a turn for the better, and so we just might visit, and maybe celebrate turkey day with my adopted families again. That’s what l miss. The people.
So, today, on thanksgiving day, l give thanks for all the good things l have in my life… family, friends, and you. Have a happy and wonderful thanksgiving!!! What are you thankful for?