Yesterday was my third Thanksgiving in Morocco. I didn’t eat turkey, and spent most of the day trying to legalize the legalized copies of my work documents so that I can get residency, but it was still quite a good day.
In my morning class, I asked each student to say what they were thankful for. The third student I asked said that she was thankful for her family, her friends, and for Teacher (that’s my name, apparently), because I am nice. I thought it was really sweet and thanked her for saying that. I continued on to the rest of my students, and every single one after her also claimed to be thankful for me…but I’m pretty sure it was just because they didn’t know how to say anything else. Well, I’m thankful for their thankfulness, regardless of how genuine it might have been.
I invited a couple people over at the last minute for a (turkey-less) Thanksgiving dinner, and of course also made them say what they are thankful for. Since I’ve been making so many people answer that question, here is my list:
-I am thankful for technology that lets us communicate with those near and far
-I am thankful for my church and for all of the support it provides; the aid it gives to migrants, the volunteer opportunities, and for the pastor who agreed to do the work of organizing our wedding
-I am of course thankful for my family, friends, and all of the opportunities and support I have in both my professional and personal life
-I am thankful for the fact that I can now start listening to Christmas music!