Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Who's the Turkey?
This post about my first Thanksgiving in Thailand is becoming its own tradition. I love this story because it reminds me how grateful I am that I got to spend three years living and working in this fascinating country. So here it is again.
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!