Felíz Día de Gracias

¡Felíz Día de Gracias! Happy Thanksgiving! This isn’t the first time that I’ve spent a holiday away from family and friends, but it is the first Thanksgiving in a long time where I’ve felt incredibly thankful. Not to say that I wasn’t thankful in years past, but being in Guatemala really puts a contrast to how good we all have it back in the States.

Pardon my sentimentality:

I am extremely thankful for my parents. The threads of their being truly make up who I am. Also, they aren’t exactly thrilled with how far I’ve flown from the nest. Considering how close most Chinese parents hold onto their children, I’m grateful that I have been able to travel this far. Guilt trips have been kept to a minimum.

I am thankful for my big family and the ritual get-togethers that we have. Who needs to join a gang when you have regular outings to dim-sum and Vietnamese pho to look forward to? Who needs to terrorize a neighborhood when you can just as easily terrorize your little cousins? Speaking of my younger cousins… I miss them more than they know. (I hope you guys have been drinking your milk and taking your calcium supplements. The hugs that I’m going to give ya’ll when I come back in December may break your bones.)

I am thankful for my friends, in the States, abroad, and here in Guatemala. Parents and family have to care, but friends have no such obligation. It’s a blessing to have people who want to share and maintain a bond that’s not expected from any familial ties. And to the handful of those close friends in my life, you all have a special place in my heart. There you are cherished daily; although we may not communicate regularly, the burdens we all carry are made lighter knowing that we are around when we need to “unload.”

I am most grateful for Life. I could be dead, but I wouldn’t know any better.

There are many other things that I am thankful for, but the above is what I thought I should share. Besides, I’m afraid I may be giving ya’ll cavities or diabetic shock from all this saccharine sentimentality.

Take care. Be safe. Friends don’t let friends eat tons of turkey and drive. Wouldn’t want them to fall asleep at the wheel.

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