Happy turkey day y’all!
In Jamaica, when you greet someone pon di road, a common reply is “I’m giving thanks.” It’s a way to say, despite the trials they may be faced with, they are still grateful for what they do have.
It’s my first-ever Thanksgiving away from home. Had you asked me back in the spring, I probably would have been worried about feeling sad today. I was oddly melancholy on Easter, afterall.
Thankfully (heh), today I’m full to the brim with gratitude. I’m thankful to feel so at home in rural Jamaica.
I’ve shared with my students what the Thanksgiving tradition has meant to me, and they were able to enumerate quite eloquently about what they are thankful for in their lives. It’s obvious that giving thanks is a concept already embedded into the culture here.
I made these little gratitude cards for each of the teachers at my school.
I should also announce that I’ve canceled my trip home for the holidays. There were a number of factors that played into my decision, but essentially this is where I need to be right now. I’m trying for next summer instead!
While I won’t be having any turkey this year, I’m just happy knowing that people at home are coming together to give thanks.