Thursday, November 22, 2007

American Thanksgiving in Cancun

Well, I totally missed (forgot about) Canadian Thanksgiving last month, bad Canuck. Luckily, I can make up for it today and give thanks for all the great things in my life. A good friend is having a big dinner party at her house with the pile of ex-pats we call friends. Canucks, Brits and Yanks, and a few Mexicans in the mix, it's always fun to gather with this group, whatever the occasion. I wish there were a bit less drama, but hey, there is drama in any circle of friends. I just try to make sure that the drama doesn't revolve around ME, so far, so good. I like everyone, really, it's hard for me to find a person that I don't like (although there was a recent flaming incident on a forum that hurt me so bad that I can honestly say there is one person I really don't ever want to see again).

Aaaaaaaaanywho. Here are some things I am thankful for:

1. My family. My parents have always been terrific, encouraging me to explore all avenues of life, supporting me even when I screwed up and they continue to encourage me and help me, without being meddlesome. In fact, they often worry out loud about being meddlesome, asking for reassurance that we don't mind their help or their input. Thanks mom and dad, love you very much.

2. MY family, ie, hubby and Max. I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am for these two great guys, they changed my life completely, I am a far better person than I was four years ago. Max cracks me up everyday and I never could have fathomed loving someone so much as I love him (and his daddy).

3. Cancun weather!!!!!! Seriously, I am thankful for this EVERYDAY, even when it's raining. I hope to never, ever feel cold or snow again, I cannot think of a worse punishment. I lived in the snow for 34 years and that was ENOUGH. Ok, too much, I hated, hated, hated it and am soooo beyond thrilled to live in a tropical climate.

4. My job. I started teaching because it was one of the few things I could legally do as a foreigner. I have discovered a love for the job, for my students and even for the institution I work for. My students teach me everyday, about hard work, dedication, the love of family and country and even basic geography and history lessons about Mexico. I have never had a more rewarding job.

5. My friends, both real life and online. I have an amazing support system going here, a mix of ex-pat friends in real life and online mamis, plus my old friends with whom I maintain an online relationship with in Canada (and around the world!).

6. Tacos de arrachera, cheladas, tortas de cochinita, Coca Cola, Benson & Hedges Lights and Sabritas con chile.

7. My air conditioner (a life saver!)

8. I am thankful that the hurricane season is over (well, not officially I guess but I seriously doubt we'll see another one this year). I am also thankful that for us here in Cancun, it was a quiet hurricane season, Hurricane Dean was but a blip, a hurricane drill if you will. I never want to see another Wilma, but a few Deans now and again ain't so bad for us. Better than a blizzard.

9. I am also thankful for this blog, it's therapy, it's social and it's a lot of fun. Glad I finally got off my ass and started writing! I am grateful to all of you who are reading everyday, this little "blogosphere" is a community all on its own that I am happy to have discovered.

Happy American Thanksgiving wherever you are! Comment and tell me what you are thankful for!


Brice said...

As you celebrated your near-tropical thanksgiving, Torontonians trudged through a way-too-early sloppy snowfall.
One more reason...

Jennifer said...

I am thankful for my family - my mother especially. I am also thankful that I didn't have to spend Thanksgiving with family - meaning my one brother and his wife and kids.

I am thankful for all of my kids, including my step children. If they only realized how much I care about them.

I am thankful that my stepchildren are beginning to warm up to me.

I am thankful for 4 hours of sleep a night and even more thankful when those 4 hours are consecutive.

I am thankful that come Monday the kids are going BACK to school.

CancunCanuck said...

Brice, as you can see by my latest post, I am MORE than grateful about not having snow!

Jennifer, take that sleep anyway you can get it girl! Glad to hear the step kids are coming around, you've got a lot of love to give (and a lot of kids to give it to, lol!)

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