We talk a lot about traditions this time of year, but as much as we love our traditions, sometimes our best memories come from the times that are the most untraditional. Which brings me to Thanksgiving… for a bunch of kids in Africa, we managed to create a very authentic meal, but some things were definitely a little different. Namely, the procurement of the turkey–which involved putting him in a box, transporting him 3 hours in the trunk of a taxi cab, and killing/de-feathering him ourselves.
My Peace Corps family came together to celebrate this day of giving thanks. Speaking of, I want to take a quick minute to say how grateful I am to them. It is crazy how you can know a person a year and call them your family, but that is the way of it. We had a great few days of cooking, relaxing, playing frisbee and football, doing puzzles, and eating. Being in Africa did not stop our menu. Our dinner had EVERYTHING: turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, fruit salad, real salad, canned cranberry sauce (yay!), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, homemade bread, some fancy food I have never heard of and sounds better if you say it with a french accent, mulberry pie, pumpkin pie, rhubarb tort, raspberry brownies, etc. (I think you get the picture). Not only this, but the setting of our holiday was in one of the prettiest, greenest places I have been in Tanzania. Pictures coming via Facebook.
This time of year makes you think about your life and what you are grateful for. I am grateful for so many things. Namely my friends and family. My parents, grandparents, my little brother Michael, my dog (my bestie!), the Peace Corps, every decision I have ever made that has led me to be sitting where I am right now. Anti-malarial drugs (rainy season=mosquitoes, which are presently buzzing around my head). I could go on forever, so I will stop here, but all of you who have helped me out in my ditsy-ness, stuck by me in my crazy, and never let me forget the feeling of being loved, thank you. I am with you all in spirit and you are all in my thoughts during this holiday season. Stay safe.