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Thanksgiving in my family is one of the 3 BIG holidays of the year. All the cousins, aunts, uncles get together, maybe 20-30 people. One thing we do while everyone is eating is go around the table(s) and everyone says something they are thankful for. Since we won't be there this year, I sent mine through email, and I chose a certain cousin of mine to read it for me. Usually it's short, just name a couple things you're thankful for, but mine is quite long this time. I thought I'd share it with you all:|
(some names have been changed to protect the innocent (that's what they say on TV shows when they need to hide someone's identity))
- I'm thankful that my son and I got to the other side of the planet safely.
- I'm thankful that my ancestors were brave enough to travel to other countries (in my case, America).
- I'm thankful to everyone's ancestors, in every country, who tried their best to give their children and grandchildren better lives.
- I'm thankful to be able to touch and see things that are hundreds or thousands of years old.
- I'm thankful that my son touched something that Buddha touched, and is seeing some things from new perspectives.
- I'm thankful to all the people who are patient with me when I can't say what I mean, and they smile anyway and are so excited to teach me even one new word.
- I'm thankful to the guy who helped me buy bananas when he saw that the other guy was ignoring me.
- I'm thankful to all the poor people here who pick the bottles & cardboard out of the garbage, and pedal them away in huge bundles to recycle them.
- I'm thankful to the guards who work at my building, who stand out in all weather 24 hours a day, knowing who comes in & out of the gates, and smile every time we pass.
- I'm thankful that the world, even though it has so many troubles, is mostly open and friendly and free enough that we can visit other parts of it.
- Most of all, I'm thankful to feel like my family will always be there no matter what, wherever we all may roam.
(I have other cousins who have traveled & lived in other places within the US, that's why I said "we all may roam")