One of the stressful things about living abroad is missing holidays and celebrations of the home country. It is a joy to engage and learn new things, but there’s often a longing to return to the familiar. Although I’m not surrounded by the holiday traditions from the USA, I can share them and make do with what’s around me now. Last month I shared Thanksgiving and this month soon will be Christmas.
During the week before Thanksgiving, I taught students in class about the holiday and participated in several events with students and friends to celebrate. We gathered with students to make dumplings, we had dinner with more students, and then I hosted other Peace Corps Volunteers for our own Thanksgiving meal featuring chicken, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and more–including a pumpkin pie I made from scratch.
The evening of Thanksgiving when myself and a few other foreign teachers gathered around a table with students, we ate and chatted. Then we went around the table to say what we were thankful for. it was a moment of honesty. One student used the image of a train. People get on and off as passengers, sometimes just quickly passing through each other’s lives, but friends are in it together for the long journey. What an amazing reflection.
With a grateful heart I give thanks for life and friends.
3 responses to “Thanksgiving”
Wow, Megan, you bring so much more to your students than just the subjects you’ve been hired to teach! As I read this email, I feel grateful on behalf of your fortunate students, to be in such an enriched learning environment as you’ve created for them there. Kudos to you!
Sending a prayer for much peace and joy, and we’ll see you soon,
Merry Christmas! May you continue your work in the coming year with your wonderful enthusiasm, compassion, and spirit! Gail from Kansas. A friend of your Mom’s ________________________________
Thanks, Gail. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!