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November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Abroad

As you may or may not know, they don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK. And since it would obviously be a little silly and impractical to fly back home for a holiday that lasts one day, I’m staying here. I have to admit that it’s a little sad; even though my Uni has a pretty solid percentage of students from the US it’s not the same without all the food and family. And while I couldn’t have my real family with me for the holiday, I enlisted my surrogate family, my housemates, in a mission to create Thanksgiving dinner. I had to wait until Friday because of my school schedule, but the wait was definitely worth it.

I’ve been planning this for over a month now. After all, I feel it is my duty to introduce my housemates to the glory of sweet potato pie and cream corn and since I enjoy cooking, I love an excuse to make an elaborate meal, especially when my housemates are lending financial support. Tonight we gorged, laughed, and collapsed in a turkey-filled collective in order to watch the first Christmas movie of the season. I’ve been really busy recently, so having one evening where I could put schoolwork and theatre aside was really nice and though I’m still in something of a food coma, I feel energized and ready to push through the next few weeks of intensity.

Tomorrow when I wake up I’ll be back to the normal hustle and bustle of University life, but for now I’m very thankful for the new “family” I’ve assembled with my housemates and the break from work our Thanksgiving meal has given me. I guess the point of this post is just another little reminder that though it’s important to work hard, sometimes it’s useful and completely fun to put down your work, pull away from your laptop and deadlines, and enjoy where you are and who you’re with.

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving

~Flora

 

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