Muchas Gracias Merica

My Thanksgiving List from Abroad

I’ve never really been fond of sharing my Thanksgiving List. You know, those personal tidbits of gratitude that we all have and love to share around the dinner table with family and friends. When it comes to my list, I feel a bit like an American Idol contestant. I certainly think I have a lot to offer, but rarely have anything truly groundbreaking to contribute. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for fuzzy blankets, glitter, ESPN.com, flip flops, and all the other things we can collectively agree make life awesome.

Now I am living abroad and it’s Thanksgiving Day, which, side note, is really not all that bad. It’s one thing to have an entire city shut down for their own local holiday. You often end up watching Netflix and eating candy bars because you have no idea what is going on and the creepy but friendly cashier at the convenient store is your only friend from the neighborhood. It’s another thing to celebrate your own holiday from overseas and the world around you is proceeding as usual. It’s kind of like having a second birthday. You wake up completely unapologetic about the fact you are going to be obnoxiously happy, unproductive, and likely to generate a bar tab you will regret the next day.

I am now two hours into my private Thanksgiving celebration in Spain and find I cannot avoid the natural temptation to be reflective on this day. Isn’t that the whole point? And as I reflect, I now see my world from the outside in. I am just two months removed from my life in America, and there are some surprising things I am ready to add to my list of things to be thankful for. Perhaps this is my Kelly Clarkson breakthrough moment. Simon Cowell, hold on to your hat. Here are a few things about America I have a newfound appreciation for:

Gigantic Portions of Food

Insincerity

Smoking Laws

The DMV

Politics

Verizon Wireless/Sprint/AT&T

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