|They have beautiful "graffiti" all over Lima. This was taken by BC from a taxi.|
Here is what I like about Thanksgiving and how it will be different for me:
1. Cold weather
*NOT IN LIMA. It is coming upon Spring here now. Southern hemisphere.
2. Food. I love the perfect ratio of dressing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and turkey all on one spoon in one bite.
*FOOD IS DIFFERENT HERE. They don't have turkeys on sale or stacks of cranberry sauce piled up in grocery stores. "Traditional" Thanksgiving food is hard to find except for lots of potatoes.
|They do have this though.|
*THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SAME.
4. Thanksgiving hype - I like how the whole USofA gets collectively excited about the holidays rolling around. I don't dig the Black Friday crap or the other marketing onslaughts, but I love the spirit of the season and the drive towards Christmas.
*NOPE. Not in Peru. There is Christmas stuff everywhere now but it just feels totally different without having Thanksgiving be the kickoff.
5. Doing nothing all day
*NOPE. I have to work. This city and country roll right on through the day. No existe.
6. Family. For me this is usually at Petit Jean Mountain with the Byrds, Omar, the Prohls, and occasionally other random folks that need a place to spend the day.
*DIFFERENT. For the first time, my present "family" is just us. Bryan, Davis and me.
And guess what I now understand and am embracing? #1 through #5 don't mean anything. The only thing that matters is Family. Family Family Family. That's all I need. And I've got a great one. I knew when I came here that holidays would be different. I knew that I'd get some new perspective on my own customs and ideas. This is one of them. Perspective? Check.
More importantly, the best lesson I'm learning comes from the greatest little man in the world. Davis. He is so happy here. He misses nothing (and has even told me this). Most of the time all he cares about is being with his mommy and playing futbol. I draw a lot of energy and inspiration from his contentment here. Him being happy and not caring about #1 through #5 or any other self-imposed tradition makes my life easier - and it is my hope, prayer and intention that because we are on this adventure, his life will always be easier too.
Of course, I'll miss my extended folks and parents and cousins and the tacky decor in the Petit Jean lodge, but they'll be there next year. They'll all be on my mind on Thanksgiving day and are forever in my heart. This year I'm just going to sit around my small kitchen table with my two handsome boys and eat something like chifa or ceviche or maybe even KFC since they deliver here. It won't be cold outside and it will be after a long day of work and it'll be totally different. But I'm going to love every minute of it.