The Unusual Thing I’m Most Thankful For
Last year, I wrote a post with this same title. (You knew you were having a déjà vu moment, right?) It’s funny looking back on it now, and seeing how few readers and commenters I had, when that was one of the most honest posts I’ve ever written. But the truth had to be shared and this holiday weekend is no different.
This Thanksgiving, despite the fact that my bedroom won’t be warm with the smell of baked yams, I have found an equally unusual thing to be thankful for: homesickness.
I can admit that I’ve been feeling slightly homesick at the thought of not having anyone to spend this holiday with. But, in return, I am able to see how incredibly lucky I am to have people to miss at all. And that, despite physically being alone this weekend, I know my phone will still be flooded with text messages and my MacBook will be lit up for multiple Skype dates.
In that regard, I suppose I am also thankful that the Internet can turn 4,400 km of distance into just 2 ft. – the distance between my face and iPhone/MacBook. Without the modern technology that we constantly take for granted, I wouldn’t be able to see my family’s smiles or my dog’s sweet faces.
I may not be able to smell what they are cooking for dinner, eat a Flanders-sized portion of Grandma’s cherry cheesecake for dessert, or watch Dad spill something on his shirt… but I am grateful to have a family who supported me in my decision to move, no matter how much distance it put between us.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.