Since several readers enjoyed learning something about the Thai language in the last post, I thought I would repost this story about my first Thanksgiving in Thailand.
I had the good fortune to live and work in Bangkok many years ago. I was the only American in my office, and of course Thanksgiving is not a Thai holiday, so when Thanksgiving came, I took the afternoon off to go have dinner with other Americans.
That morning at the office, I was chatting with some colleagues. In an attempt to bridge cultures, I joked, “Even though this is an American holiday, we can all take a moment to think about all the things we have to be grateful for. For example, you can be thankful that the pilgrims didn’t land in Thailand!”
Everyone laughed politely and I was congratulating myself on the success of my cross-cultural humor, when several people asked at once, “What’s a pilgrim?”
I knew then I had a lot to learn!
No matter where you are in the world, count your blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Who's the Turkey?
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How funny really! Different cultures, different notions. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!ReplyDelete
May you have a blessed and beautiful day! Stay well.
Happy Thanksgiving Galen for you truly are a "PEARL"....ReplyDelete
In gratitude to humor,
This was very cute! I loved the humor and I am smiling. wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day too.ReplyDelete
Hahaha! I so enjoy these little episodes that happen because of culture and/or language differences! I miss those sometimes, I find them so enriching.ReplyDelete
We don' celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I think it's a very nice tradition. So happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :)
This made me chuckle......hope you had a grand holiday....Galen.ReplyDelete
Happy Thanksgiving! We are going to celebrate tomorrow with a traditional dinner with some American friends...today is not a holiday here either.ReplyDelete
You're so right; we should often count our blessings and Thanksgiving can be celebrated all over the world.ReplyDelete
Hope you had a wonderful day.
Excellent post. I think you gave me an idea for one of my own posts. Happy Thanksgiving season to you.ReplyDelete
I am counting my blessings by offering a beautiful gift to all who comment on my blog post this weekend. www.patriciaswisdom.com
I hope you will come by - it is just so beautiful it fills me with joy
I loved your story....and it made me laugh. My Mother a Canadian, who's birthday often fell on Thanksgiving Day, always put her celebration ahead of the pilgrim story too! Thanksgiving is in October! with all the trimmings!
hi Galen - happy Thanksgiving to you. While many cultures don't celebrate Thanksgiving per se, many do have Thanksgiving, harvest, gratitude type holiday and rituals. Oh - all without pilgrims of course:)ReplyDelete
That is funny...laughter is good and laughing at yourselves better..ReplyDelete
Happy Thanksgiving Galen, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. If I make it to Australia in January I hope to remember your words here, thanks for the lesson! :-)ReplyDelete
What a funny story; I guess not every one in the world is familar with the pilgrims. Hope you had a great thanksgiving!ReplyDelete
A nice experience in Thailand at Thanksgiving. I got a chuckle from your post :-) It's been a wonderful holiday and hope yours was too!ReplyDelete
Thanks to all for your lovely comments!ReplyDelete