Last year at Thanksgiving I was home with my family. I was ready for the break from working – the first in my first year as a full-time teaching musician – and I was ready to spend some quality time with my family. We chilled at home that year watching football and cheering on the Longhorns. I had plans for the Saturday after to go dancing with friends. That Saturday changed my life forever.
This year at Thanksgiving I’m watching the snow fall in Ramstein, Germany. My husband is playing video games while I am finishing up my portion of the cooking for our dinner today. We’ll be celebrating with friends who are also a long way from home. This is the first major holiday that I’ve spent away from my family. This is our first major holiday as a married couple. We also hit the one year mark for knowing each other. After this weekend we can look back and know that this time last year we were together too. We’re celebrating that milestone with a trip to Brugge tomorrow.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. My amazing husband. My supportive family. My wonderful in-laws. The chance of a lifetime to live in another country. Letters from home. Letters to home. Technology that lets me see the faces and hear the voices of those I love. Softly falling snow. Friends to celebrate with. Friends to miss. Freedom and those who are away from their families to ensure that freedom.