For everyone in the states, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! It’s one of my favorite to celebrate for many reasons, the first being it’s all about coming together over food with loved ones! The second being that you can wish any American a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ without worrying about offending them ;). Not being able to go home to my parents’ house, my Thanksgiving extended over many dates and many places this year. I started off the festivities in Boston for the third annual Jump-the-Gun-Turkey-Run pre-Thanksgiving meal. It’s a fantastic feast where 20-30 old and new friends cram around tables that extend beyond the host’s dining room and into the living room and foyer. Then, the day before the official holiday, I was celebrating it with a life-long friend who’s a flight stewardess and worked on the actual holiday. Our cooking began at 10pm that night, and when I say “we”, I mean she cooked while I chopped! On the actual day, I was at my Uncle’s place in New York City where all chairs stayed in tact this year, and then the following day I was in Connecticut visiting with other relatives and having a PJ party with my 4 year-old cousin. Needless to say, I ate a lot and was in good company for every meal.
As is tradition at the Jump-the-Gun-Turkey-Run, everyone shares what they’re thankful for. One friend said that she’s thankful for feeling home wherever she’s at. This struck a chord (and I secretly wished I had thought of it first!). It also reminded me of one of my favorite pictures from Ireland – the Guinness Factory to be accurate – that reads ‘Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” by Christian Morgenstern. The meaning of ‘home’ has definitely evolved for me. With an apartment far from Tennessee, where I grew up and where my parents live, and as a traveler constantly on the go, I have friends and family scattered everywhere that I wish I could see more than I actually do. Despite where I land on whatever date and for whatever reason, I am very thankful for feeling home. In your travels and holidays, I hope you feel at home wherever you are too!