Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

A holiday ubiquitous with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

While Americans in the U.S. are on pumpkin-everything overload, Americans in Ireland are googling “where to buy canned pumpkin.”

I’ll give you a hint. One store carries it.

And it’s sold out.

Fresh pumpkins left the store shelves October 31, so that’s out as an option too.

It’s a good thing pumpkin pie isn’t really my thing.

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I’ve been told Thanksgiving is the loneliest day of the year for expats living in Ireland.

Way to sugarcoat it, people.

My goodness.

Why is it the loneliest day of the year?

I suppose it’s because you’re separated from extended family and friends on a day, for Americans, that’s traditionally all about gathering together. Since tomorrow is just a regular day if you live outside of the U.S., it’s a day you watch from the outside looking in while it all plays out on social media.

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With that said, this post is not a blatant, woe-is-me plea.

I have much more finesse than that.

Kidding!

In all seriousness, it is not woe-is-me because I am acutely aware of two things: I have so much I AM thankful for today and WILL BE thankful for tomorrow too.

I am blessed to have family and friends to miss and that quite possibly miss me from time to time. Not everyone can say that.

I am blessed to have food, shelter, clothing, safety and good health in my life. Not everyone can say that.

I am blessed to be sharing life’s grandest adventures with the man I love and our children. Not everyone can say that.

It doesn’t mean my life is without hiccups, but viewed through the lens of gratefulness and a lot of humor, I am very blessed. So bring on those Thanksgiving pictures because I want to share in your joy too. Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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7 thoughts on “Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

  1. Chris Schwab

    Holidays are just extra special opportunities for new memories. You and your family will remember this one all your lives!

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  2. Sandy Smith

    Happy Thanksgiving Annisa, Jeff and family. Thank you for your thankfulness. We all have so much to be thankful for. Being thankful fir what you have is what it takes. You ar away from your extnded family but you have three people around you to remind you of those wonderful blessing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  3. Dawn Olsson

    We love and miss you all everyday. Keep being thankful. Love and enjoy each other every day. We will be thinking of you tomorrow. ???

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  4. Jeannie Gerhardt

    We missed all of you and enjoyed your post, many happy thankful days ahead to you and yours:) Give everyone a hug from me:)

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