22 November 2006

NICE Thanksgiving

Sorry to have been so neglectful of my readers and fellow bloggers. I spent the last few days enjoying the sunshine, walking along a rocky beach, eating croissants, browing through shops in winding lanes... Sound like an idyll that is inconguous with this blog's address? It was. But it was very Nice--Nice, France. And yes, Nice was nice. (That statement gets a big giggle in second grade--especially when teamed with "My niece is nice.".) I even replaced the tea towel I burned a few posts ago.

Now I'm getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my class once again. Tomorrow evening I'll spend it with other American ex-pats. We've even got a skipe(sp?) box so that we can watch the parade. I'm not a parade-watcher, but this sounds like a lovely way to spend an evening.

I think that our bodies are conditioned to rest not only based on circadian rhythms, but also on an annual, cultural cycle. All the Americans are tired right now. Our inner clocks know, even if the world around us doesn't, that it's time to take some time out, to relax with friends and be thankful. Since we'll only have the opportunity to do the last bit, we'd better REALLY be thankful. I love Thanksgiving. This is a holiday I look forward to all year--maybe even more than Christmas.

I listened to my class buzzing with excitement as they prepared to celebrate their first Thanksgiving (a seasoned few are celebrating their second Thanksgiving and my US student is regarded with the awe rightly due her expertise on this holiday), and decided I don't really mind being in school tomorrow. We learned about the Pilgrims today. We learned about how these first European-Americans weren't satisfied with the status quo. We learned how they searched for alternatives, didn't find what they wanted in Holland, and then took a huge risk and jumped in whole-heartedly. We learned about their courage, their determination, their resourcfulness, their faithfulness, their ingenuity and their diligence. We learned aobut their grateful hearts and their celebrations with friends new and old. I think that sums up the American spirit and is what makes Thanksgiving a uniquely American holiday--not the football and the parades and the turkey.

So, friends--new, old and virtual, happy Thanksgiving.


Anonymous said...

Hm, sunshine. . . I think I've heard about it. It's been a long, long time!

I'm making my pie tonight and doing a turkey tomorrow. Hope your holiday is good.

By the way, a Russian mistake I constantly make is confusing the word for turkey (indeika) with the word for Indian (something like indeika). Funny cross-cultural Thanksgiving challenges :)

Lauri said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you... Im so jealous... I have always wanted to go to France

Anonymous said...

To you too, Kate

Anonymous said...

I miss those Thanksgiving lessons and stories we got in school. It seems without them something is missing. Have a great holiday!

Suz said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, enjoy the parade!

I plan to tape it since we'll be traveling while it's on in the morning. It's already Thanksgiving for you! Nitey Nite and have a nice day :o)

Calico Sky said...

So true. I was saying this at work yesterday, everyone is 'short' with each other, frustrated and a bit rude. I called a friend last night who was sick to see if she needed anything at 9 o'clock and she said 'You know this is a bit late to be calling me' in a very unpleasant tone (btw she normally calls me at 10!!!). However, I think its all because its been a long time since summer and everyone is tired.
My thansgiving wasn't much, being in a country where no one celebrates, kind of makes it different. However, I did watch the Today show via the internet (cry at the US commercials making me homesick) and had a turkey roast dinner!! (british style with yorkshire puddings!!)
Happy Thanksgiving!
p.s. if you ever want to meet up in France let me kno!