Thank you to everyone who voted for my gorgeous nephew! He finished up in fourth place in the competition which was pretty awesome. Of course, he is number one for all of us, but your votes definitely helped bump him up a place as he had been fixed in fifth for a few days. It meant a lot to us so thank you!
My nephew, a bona fide gringo baby, is about to celebrate his first thanksgiving! Happy thanksgiving to all y’all Americans and to my stateside family. Although it was my brother and sister in law’s dream to move across the pond, I know that packing up their life to start a new one with a brand new baby on the way hasn’t always been easy. I never really gave much thought to the cultural differences between the US and the UK, I mean, we speak the same language, how different can it be? Very. The day likely won’t have the same impact or meaning as it does to Americans, but I’m so proud of them for following their dreams and I hope that first thanksgiving with gringo baby is just perfect.
To all of you celebrating today, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope it’s a wonderful day spent with loved ones and lots of yummy food and whatever it is that makes your Thanksgiving special.
I have, yet again, let life get on top of me. Perhaps it should be one of my new year’s resolutions (starting now) to STOP that from happening. Sometimes I am guilty of taking things for granted and grumbling when really, I shouldn’t be complaining about anything. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, and nor do they celebrate it in Mexico, but I like it. So, in honour of Thanksgiving and my American family, I figured today was as good a day as any to take some time out to think about some of the things that I am really, truly thankful for. In no particular order:
1, Family. My family mean the world to me and I miss them all the time. They are supportive, loving, understanding, crazy, and my best best friends in the world. I’m counting down the days ‘til I get on a jet plane home.
2. Friends. I don’t have many, but boy do I have some crackers.
3. Boyfriend. We met in my first month here in Mexico over five years ago. It hasn’t always been an easy ride, but I am more in love than ever. I have learnt so much from our relationship and am grateful for every day that we are together.
4. Health. I am acutely aware that this is something that should never be taken for granted. Sure I have niggles and creaks but nothing serious. Wherever I can, I try to look after myself. I don’t smoke or take drugs, I rarely drink and though my vice is chocolate (and bakery products and… well, anything sweet) I do try to moderate my intake and exercise when I can.
5. Furry friends. I’m too unsettled right now to have my own furry friends, but I am so grateful for the ones I do have in my life. There is nothing like a furry fix to put a smile on my face and my furry friends have a magical way of making me feel better no matter how stressed or anxious or fed up I’m feeling.
6. Running. My new love. Running is amazing. I actually never thought I could feel this way about any sort of exercise but running has turned that up on its head. I love running for a lot of different reasons, and I’m super glad I’m able to do it, and that it’s become a fixture in my life.
7. Blogging. Blogging is a new(ish) but extremely important addition to my life. Whilst I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit of a useless blogger myself, communicating with bloggers and reading different blogs and posts has been an incredible experience and surprisingly to me, a bit of a learning curve. I might not be as interactive as I’d like all the time, but since I’ve discovered blogging, it has been a massive part of my life.
8. Job. Sure, I have gripes but I know I am lucky to be working. Sometimes I see people around the city and I wonder how they got into such a situation that they do what they do just to make a bit of money. Of course, the ladies of the night (and day) around where I live are one example, another is the young men on the metro who smash their bare backs onto filthy t-shirts filled with broken glass on the carriage floors. They are covered in a mixture of dried up, crusty blood and fresh wounds and every single time I see them it shocks me. They literally slice themselves open on the metro in exchange for a few pesos.
9. Roof over my head. I have talked about the couple who live in a car before. Since then, I have seen them live in no less than five different vehicles. They are still always there on the street when I leave my flat, and they are still always there when I get back. They are currently residing in some sort of van thing, which as far as vehicles to reside in go, is a pretty big improvement on the vocho. I know there are millions of homeless people, but every day I see the car couple makes me remember that not everyone is lucky enough to count on a roof over their head.
10. Whatsapp, skype, facebook, e-mail. All of these things mean one thing to me, communication. They are my connection with my loved ones far away and in many cases my main means of communication. I don’t think I would be able to live so far away from home if it weren’t for the wonderful technology keeping me connected.
11. Visa. I finally have my visa. Yes, it was a pain in the bottom to get. Yes it took I don’t know how many three hour round trips to immigration, countless hours waiting in queues, a lot of frustration, and even some tears, but I finally have it.
12. Aunty Gina. Being an aunt, albeit a faraway one, is just the most amazing thing. My nephew is one of the brightest lights of my life. I only have to hear his name and I’m grinning like a Cheshire cat. I find myself talking about him all the time. He brings so much joy to me and just makes me smile so much. Thank you beautiful baby!
I’ll leave my list here for now, though i’m sure I could go on and on. Thank you Thanksgiving for giving me the excuse to do this. Sometimes a little bit of perspective goes a long way.