Thursday, November 25, 2010
We have no turkey.
Nope, today's just another day over here, no sign of Thanksgiving anywhere, and the only reason I even remember what day it is, is thanks to all the people wishing each other a Happy Thanksgiving on Facebook. If it weren't for the internet, I probably would have forgotten all about it, just like I used to when I moved here nearly 18 years ago. Yeah, internet existed back then, but it was in it's infancy and most people didn't have access to it. Anyway, way back then (hum, I'm starting to sound old) all the people I left behind in America couldn't understand how I could forget about Thanksgiving.
But it's easy when there's no sign of turkey, parades, or football anywhere. And Thanksgiving just isn't one of those exportable holidays, like Halloween.
So today is just another day for me, not that I'm not thankful for the many many good things in my life.
But the kids are at school, there's no turkey in the oven, no Macy's parade on tv, and the cat just brought me another dead mouse...it's just another ordinary day (right now I'm quite thankful not to be that mouse). And my plans for the afternoon? Well they involve the exciting task of getting the kids to do their homework and later on a couple of hours of fitness class. My kids don't even know that today is Thanksgiving, it just doesn't come up.
Do I miss it? Not really.
By now, most Americans are probably throwing their hands in the air in horrified perplexity at my lack of interest in what is probably the most important holiday in the U.S. But I really don't feel the need to try and recreate Thankgiving over here, I am thankful every single day for what I have, and it's not like we don't have plenty of holidays over here for friends and family to gather for meals...if there's something the Spanish are good at, it's meals.
So, there you have it, I'm a rotten American, who doesn't teach her kids about Thanksgiving. But I have gotten very good at celebrating all the Spanish holidays with gusto...especially if they involve good wine and jamon ibérico (spanish cured ham).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-Thanksgiving or anything, and if I were in the U.S. right now, I'd probably be making just as big a deal out of it as the next guy, but over here, it just wouldn't be the same.
But, even though I'm not celebrating today, I still want to wish those of you who do a Happy Thanksgiving.
So, how will you be celebrating (or not celebrating) today?