Yesterday was Thanksgiving – a day that is quickly becoming my favorite holiday. In years past, I have almost always celebrated with friends since I do not live close to my parents and now that I live in Seattle, I am 3000 miles from my family.
So this year, like many years in the past, I have had Orphan Thanksgiving for all of my friends without families nearby. Originally, I thought it might just end up being Kurt, Dean and myself but the day actually grew into quite an event and, by far, one of the most memorable and fun Turkey Days ever. At one point, I had at least 18 people crammed into my tiny apartment.
We had delicious food. I made a Turkey, Tofurkey, Field Roast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Roasted Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing and Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Others brought cheese and crackers, green bean casserole, fruit salad and pies. We even had a blind-folded apple pie taste test.
The activities throughout the day included I Love the 80′s Board Game, Twister, WiffleBall and Mafia. It really was a great day and it made me fall in love with Seattle even more.
At one point in the day I believe a new definition of Thanksgiving became apparent to me and I realized that the things I am thankful for are with me each and everyday. I have a great group of friends throughout the country. The best “imaginary friend” ever that’s 3000 miles away yet it seems he’s there with me on almost everything I do. I have a great family that I have never felt closer with and most of all, I’m thankful I chose Seattle.