The Thanksgiving Trilogy

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I have an abundance of things to be thankful for, but before I get to the list, I will start off with this one- I am thankful for the 3 lovely thanksgiving celebrations I had over the course of the past week.

The first Thanksgiving (Saturday, November 23rd) was held at one of my students homes; several families from my class came together and cooked the teachers a wonderful feast! It was a full house, but we toasted to coming together with friends from around the world. Oh, and we played ‘Just Dance’ for hours. It was enjoyable spending Thanksgiving with my students and their families!

 Plate #1:

My second Thanksgiving consisted of me, myself, and I on actual Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 28th). I had a regular school day, and on the way home, I stopped by my regular dinner place- a little tarp-covered restaurant on my street that makes the most comforting Thai food. Pictured: garlic chicken, veggies, and an egg.

To-go box #2:

My third and final Thanksgiving (Friday, November 29th) consisted of a dash to downtown Bangkok straight after school with several other teachers (AKA my friends). Our end point was ‘Bourbon Street,’ a cajun/creole restaurant (owned by a Louisiana native) whose thanksgiving buffet is no secret to the American expat community.

Although the buffet served all the classic thanksgiving items, my favorite dish was, in fact, cajun- I had several heapings of jambalaya. (Feel free to read the rest of the paragraph in a southern drawl…) Other southern favorites included: mussels, oysters, gumbo, cornbread, and ratatouille. New Orleans style Thanksgivin’ in Bangkok, who woulda’ thought? 

As tradition calls for, we went around the table sharing what we were thankful for; we even went above the call of duty and played 20 questions. We laughed about hilarious occurrences in Malaysia, and several full plates later, we had eaten ourselves into a blissful food coma- the kind where you feel too weak to squeeze your hand into a fist and you can’t help but laughing at things that aren’t even funny.

Plate #3: 

I am so grateful for all the scrumptious food and delightful company. For me, gratitude is an important practice, not just on Thanksgiving, but in my daily life. Gratitude is an especially important feeling to cultivate while traveling/living abroad as it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated by language barriers, loneliness, and cross cultural clashes.

Gratitude is important in Thailand where I have a general misunderstanding of everything going on around me at any given time. (I don’t know weather to laugh or cry about that.) Creating a gratitude list can usually pull me out of any ‘Thailand sucks’ slump.  

Eckhart Tolle says, “Acknowledging the good that you have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Here is my sturdy foundation:

I’m thankful for…

  • my family and friends who are always there to support me and encourage me
  • my sisters of Pi Lambda Chi
  • being able to express myself and share my experiences on my blog
  • my job here in Thailand, which has given me travel opportunities in SE Asia
  • my co-workers here in Thailand who serve as my friends and family
  • my students who are helping me to grow as a teacher by asking really good questions and testing my patience
  • being able to live by myself in my own apartment
  • laughter
  • cheap massages
  • cool, breezy mornings
  • good books
  • tea: bubble tea, green tea, and celestial seasonings tea
  • Villa Market- a grocery store here in Thailand where I can find the same food items I would back home
  • lotus flowers
  • my shows- Sex and the City and the O.C.
  • ever changing relationships
  • my upcoming trip to America and the chance spend the holidays with loved ones
  • skyline views
  • endless opportunities for travel
  • the new travel writing course I’m currently enrolled in
  • journaling
  • WhatsApp
  • intense yoga classes
  • handwritten letters
  • upcoming trips to Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia
  • my health
  • my safety, despite the current situation here in Bangkok
  • the fact that today I bought 4 new shirts, a latte, a bag of fruit, AND had an hour massage for a total of $18 USD
  • Obama
  • my ability to speak English
  • Dosa King- an Indian restaurant in Bankgok
  • hanging laundry outside to dry naturally
  • bunnies
  • almond milk
  • the videos posted by Upworthy
  • my education
  • so much more…

On thanksgiving I even had my students make lists of everything they were thankful for. Here are some of their gems:

I am thankful for….

  • being a nice baby for my mom
  • having a medium size house
  • having my nice bedroom
  • chicken
  • having good crocs shoes
  • playing monopoly
  • being able to eat bagel sandwiches
  • good water
  • mom letting me play in my bubble bath
  • when my mom and dad tell me I’m wrong
  • having chances
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • having a great life
  • having a great school
  • being a model for other friends
  • my huge, elegant dresser
  • warmth
  • having a strong house
  • semi-precious stones
  • tape
  • ballgowns
  • my nanny and maids
  • my educational books
  • family and ajarn [teacher] making me a good person
  • mom and dad paying A LOT of money for me to learn at a good school
  • being a Thai person
  • having a great King and Queen
  • not wearing eyeglasses
  • shampoo
  • having Cockatoo birds at my home
  • my bathtub
  • my body parts
  • my knowledge
  • my language
  • my happy moments
  • a wonderful world
  • Being alive!

Bagel sandwiches and monopoly- I couldn’t have said it better myself. Socrates would say, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” But I believe that a life without gratitude is not worth living.

Please add on! What are you thankful/grateful for? 

5 COMMENTS

  1. mike oconnell | 2nd Dec 13

    Wow, you really chowed down! It sounds delicious ! I am grateful for having the chance to spend Thanksgiving with a son and daughter in Boston and New York, and looking forward very much to seeing Casey when she comes to Colorado!!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 2nd Dec 13

      Yes I did chow down!! You would have loved the cajun food! I can’t wait to hear about your thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks!

  2. Alexandria Adair Vasquez | 5th Dec 13

    Semi-precious stones, lmao. 😀 This year I was thankful for my health and my family.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 5th Dec 13

      Isn’t that classy? haha Kids are too funny 😀 Health and family- can’t go wrong being thankful for those… I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

      • Alexandria Adair Vasquez | 5th Dec 13

        Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed yours! I’m proud to have a globe-travelling neo & that I can keep up with your travels on this here bloggy blog 🙂

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