Things That Are My Jam – Thanksgiving Edition

We are back from Asia. We’re home and I’m jetlagged AF. At 1:30am I’m waxing poetic (in my head in bed) about Thanksgiving this year. It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. today but not in Canada (theirs was in October). Today here is a regular day. The kids will be up in a few hours, we’ll get them off to school, have our normal routine, and I’ll go to an appointment later to check out a new place for possible future employment. And I’ll try to avoid social media and looking at photos of everybody’s plates piled high with the best food of the year.

Since it won’t necessarily feel like Thanksgiving here today I’ll be making it as Thanksgiving-y as possible. Fraser made a great homemade chicken soup last night so we’ll have that tonight – along with mashed potatoes, rolls, macaroni & cheese, and pumpkin pie. I’ll Facetime with family during the day and wait for the post-meal phone call from my dad wishing me “Merry Christmas,” a tradition we’ve had since I was a kid, signaling the official start of the Christmas season. I’ll start playing Christmas music almost immediately after and we’ll kick off the movie line up of Home Alone, White Christmas, Charlie Brown, etc. Robin came home from school and asked if we could watch Frosty the Snowman, but I told him we had to wait until tonight after dinner. We are both STOKED.

So here’s my list of things I’m thankful for, because that’s what we do today:

The relationship that I’ve always dreamed of with the partner I adore, trust, admire, and respect.

These kids that I can’t get enough of who love and treat me like family.

The parents who I miss terribly but get to see regularly on FaceTime. Shoutout technology.

The friends who make the effort to connect, even though we’re all busy and on different time zones.

The budding movement I see in the U.S. of those who are will to speak up for others and become more involved in public service.

The ability to move my body, especially when others are losing that ability a little more each day.

A contract job that requires me to travel, which gets me airline miles to use to go places in the world I might not have had the chance to visit without.

The ability to learn from my mistakes, pick myself up, try again, and make peace with myself over and over.

That even though I’m bummed to be missing the rest of my family & U.S. friends today, it’s for a good reason. I had to bump my usual trip home back a week because my newest nephew will arrive on the 29th. I’ll fly home a couple days after to meet him and also another dear friend’s new addition. Can’t wait to cuddle new babies next weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

I’ll see you in a week, Kentucky!

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