Today is Thanksgiving in the United States and I think this day I am more thankful than I ever have been before. So many people have brought me where I am today, so many things have happened that have made me a better person. I understand I won't be at home with my family, indulging in a giant turkey, mashed potatoes, and some of the best food ever. Instead, I'm making my host family a simple pumpkin pie for a taste of home and tradition.
But today is the day of thanks and I've realized there are so many things I am thankful for.
In no particular order, I am thankful for
- my natural family, who have encouraged me and helped me and prayed for me the entire journey to get here in Bosnia.
- my host family, who have accepted me as their own daughter or sister and have put up with my broken Bosnian and have made me laugh at so many different things.
- my coordinators, who have set everything up for me to be here. Whether they are in the States or Bosnia, they are the reason this has been such a smooth transition.
- the fact that I haven't gained any weight when all I've been eating is bread, Nutella, and meat.
- this gorgeous country that I have the privilege of living in.
- my friends here who have become my personal translator.
- my friends not here (I can't say just "back home" because I kind of have friends all over the world... and you know, I'm thankful for that too!) because they have supported me and loved me and I couldn't love them more.
- YES Abroad and Rotary Youth Exchange for providing me with two amazing exchanges. Neither one I would change for the world. Psh, I'm seeing the world, why on earth would I trade my exchange for it?
- technology and it's ability to let me keep in contact with friends and family all over the world. I mean, I just made pumpkin pie while talking to my mom in America. I love technology (but not as much as you and me, but still I love technology, always and forever :P)
- not having to watch a million games of American football.
- anyone and everyone who has been part of my life. Without you, I would not be where I am today.
Thank you everyone for being a part of this journey and I'm sure my list could go on. I am now going to go indulge in the pumpkin pie I just made with my host mom which pretty much consisted of her showing me how it's done. I can't cook. Something you should know about me. So thank you Nizama for teaching me the amazing ways of using the kitchen!
Anyway, thank you again and I wish everyone reading this a very happy American Thanksgiving!
Until we meet again,
|My awesome host parents and sister :) Medina... what are you doing?|