The Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October, and so well separated from commercial excess, and more or less coincidental with the end of harvest, which after all was the whole idea anyway. If you're lucky, we'll have left some turkeys for you.
Oddly, the expression "black friday" is being used by retailers here anyway, some sort of foreign decadence or something. Especially odd when it's used by Canadian companies. Today and tomorrow are nothing special in our retailing world.
mindfulness exercises are my best friend when i'm getting ready to go into a situation i don't really want to be in.... i'm having a hard time believing i'm not going to be hearing from my biological dad today and i feel sad. bummed about the many thanksgivings and christmases we didn't have together when i was younger; i hoped we'd have more when i was older. but... he passed unexpectedly in june. i'm sitting here trying to get myself into good space for the gathering i'm going to today so i don't bum everyone else out, tho all i really want to do today is go snowboarding and be alone in the mountains. my plan to get through it is to just stay at the party for a few hours, then go home to go to bed early for snowboarding with a good friend in the morning.
almost forgot it was Thanksgiving, but the little cabins where I'm staying while I'm working out in the field here in Costa Rica is owned by some Costa Ricans who lived for years in New Jersey. I was about to go to some restaurant up the road for my daily dose of rice and beans when they knock on my door and present me with a Thanksgiving dinner! Complete with stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, peas in cream suace and homemade cranberry cheese cake. What fine folks.
Credit: little Z
thought about Thanksgivings past and one of the most memorable was one in the Hidden Valley campground at JT with a bunch of friends from Phoenix and San Diego. Everyone brought a dish and we had it all planned out but then the weather fell apart and the wind was so strong and it was so cold we all had to huddle in our cars and eat it mostly cold, but it was still fun.
Everyone brought a dish and we had it all planned out but then the weather fell apart and the wind was so strong and it was so cold we all had to huddle in our cars and eat it mostly cold, but it was still fun.
Yep, sounds like J-tree for Thanksgiving!!! I missed it this year.
For those who come the US late in life, Thanksgiving is a strange... what? Holiday? Tradition? Sociological experience?
Whatever the descriptor, it is a very good thing.
For us, it was an afternoon/evening shared by six people who met through Supertopo and have since become good friends. None of us was in a position to be with family, but we were all thankful for the opportunity to spend the day together.