Tuesday, November 29, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 39

For anyone who doesn't know,
I'm Canadian.
And I like Thanksgiving.
The Canadian Thanksgiving is in October.
Growing up, Thanksgiving was a time when 
instead of my family traveling to Toronto 
to visit relatives,
they would come visit us.

When Scott and I were together,
living in Canada,
Thanksgiving was different.
We didn't always get to travel to Toronto.
I can honestly only remember one Thanksgiving.
We were together in Ottawa.
I wanted a "traditional" dinner,
but a turkey for the two of us didn't make sense.
So we bought cornish hens!

Our Thanksgiving in Korea was a lot of fun.
The Canadian Embassy held a huge Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkey and all the trimmings.

Since leaving Korea,
Thanksgivings have come and gone.
We hardly remember our Thanksgiving.
The American Thanksgiving means 
we need to get our heads around the fact that it's almost Christmas.

Then Thanksgiving happened this year.

I'd like to say we got Thanksgiving off
because it's an American school,
however I'm told not all American schools have this as a holiday.

I got to experience a fabulous Thanksgiving 
with my Lusakan family.

There was turkey.

We had 4 turkeys!
With tons of sides.

And there was dessert.
Tons of dessert.

But the best part of Thanksgiving,
is not the food,
but the mates.
The people who have welcomed us
to Lusaka.
The people who have made us a part
of their family.
The people who bring joy to
our lives.

Happiness is Thanksgiving with your new family.


Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love seeing friends at Thanksgiving. The food all looks wonderful.

Jessica said...

Everything looks wonderful!! Looks like a fun day too!

em said...

Wow...that food looks delicious! Looks like everyone was having a splendid time!

Sarah said...

So glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

What a wonderful time :) The food looks delish! yum!! Happy Tuesday!

Sue said...

Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving to me!

(By the way, all American school children do get Thanksgiving and the Friday after it off, without exception.)

It's a great holiday!


Tima said...

@Sue - I should clarify, I meant American International Schools. The ones in Indonesia don't get Thanksgiving off.

Darlene said...

You have experienced a very interesting life so far, Tima. I am so glad you told us a little bit about your beginnings and also about celebrating our Thanksgiving. My but you did have a lot of food and plenty of people to eat it. How many were there? Even though we didn't do much of our own cooking this year, we are still going to have some turkey. We always buy one when they are on sale and then we do it sometime after the first of the year. That way, we get plenty of left overs. I always enjoy the leftovers the second day because there is just too much food on Thanksgiving Day and I tend to want to sample it all, even though I have just a taste of everything, it always seems like it is just too much and I don't like feeling that full. There is nothing better than a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce the next day.

What town did you live in? I have friends that live in a little town called Drayton in Ontario. They have a lot of theater in that town and many very good theater troups that come each year. We are able to see good plays when we go there in the summer.

Kim said...

That is wonderful. I am so happy that you go to have a Thanksgiving. It looks like you guys have such a great community around you.

If I could just convince my husband that we need to move abroad. I have been trying to get him to give in for a while now. :(