Tomorrow marks my 55th day of living in Thailand.
Tomorrow is also Thanksgiving in Thailand. It is also the start of the many holidays I’ll be missing this year. Being the independent person that I like to think I am, I had no hesitations about missing this holiday season. I really didn’t think twice about missing my mom’s birthday, Thanksgiving, my birthday, my brother’s birthday, Christmas, New Years, or Easter. However, now that it’s here, I have to admit I am a little homesick. I hate that I’m missing the one time of the year that my entire family is together. I hate that I’m missing the one time of the year my dad eats brown bread in a can. I hate that I can’t watch Alabama beat Auburn (knock on wood). I hate that I’m missing the turkey, the Christmas lights, Starbucks Christmas cups, and the holiday spirit. But instead of focusing on the many things I’ll be missing this year, I think I’ll choose to focus on the many things I have to be thankful for over here in Thailand:
- New friends to celebrate the holidays with
- Netflix that works in Thailand
- 4 new Gilmore Girls episodes that come out in two days
- Living in a cute little yellow house
- 150 students that most of the time brighten my day and sometimes drive me insane
- A job that I love
- Iced Coffee
- 300 Baht ($9) phone and data plan
- The mountainous view that I wake up to every morning
- Christmas music
- Restaurants that have an English menu (it’s the little things)
- A family that misses me enough to come visit
- A mom that made me an entire Thanksgiving meal before I left for Thailand
- 7 Eleven
- Swenson’s Ice Cream
- Big C
It’s safe to say that this list by far outweighs the list of things I’m missing out on this year.
So I guess I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with pizza and beer this year instead of turkey and wine, and that’s just fine with me. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with the ones you love and eat more food than you normally would and then have an extra bite for me. Happy holidays my friends!
P.S Here are some pictures of my fam being cute on Thanksgiving and my students being cuter