samedi, novembre 17, 2007

thanksgiving

Well its almost turkey-time! This fall has flown by and now the little American community here is getting ready for the big T-day!

It has now become tradition for Natalie and I to organize a potluck Thanksgiving at her house the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We're in the process of divving up the food list and I'm going to be making my famous stuffing (Apple and Onion), pecan pie, cranberry sauce and probably some biscuits and/or cornbread muffins.

I love Thanksgiving but I've been thinking a lot the last few weeks how I've almost lost that homesick feeling I used to get. I remember reading blogs a few years ago about how some American families in France just don't even bother to celebrate Thanksgiving and I would wonder how they could ever give up my favorite holiday. It is still my favorite holiday, to have wonderful friends and family, food and that cozy feeling of fall... but now I can understand how it could be possible to not feel that desire, or rather need, to celebrate. Maybe at the same time this is because I already have plans and won't be sitting at home wishing I were celebrating, who knows...

Maybe its like how in the beginning I used to crave American products that I couldn't find here and now I can find pretty much everything I want. That sure beats schleping back a big suitcase each year! France used to be unique and different, everything from the language to the grocery stores to the countryside... but now as I drive through Normandy I can't help but think that the little village churches seem justs as normal or even more so than a 24-hour Safeway...

I think all this random reflection was sparked by reading other blogs, those of people who just arrived a few months ago and are now going through the hard part of culture shock. But where does one fit in after spending so long abroad? I'm not French nor am I really American anymore when the last 5 out of 7 years of your adult life is spent abroad...

6 commentaires:

Brittany a dit…

At the moment I don't know if I am really missing Thanksgiving, but come this Thursday if I didn't have anything going on I'm sure I would be missing it...

benny a dit…

I LOVE thanksgiving food !!!! yum !!!!
this thursday i'll be having a bbq on the beach :-(

Karina a dit…

bbq on the beach, oh poor you! ;-) hehe i'll send pictures and you'll remember the YUMMY food :-)

The Late Bloomer a dit…

Yes, I STILL miss Thanksgiving, and I have to admit I haven't had the opportunity to really celebrate here in France in a few years... Or maybe I haven't gone out of my way to try and make it happen, or proposed bringing people together for the meal. But it intimidates me, because I've never prepared a whole Thanksgiving meal myself... On the other hand, I'm all for a fun Christmas party!

I definitely miss home and get homesick the most at this time of year, pretty much through December, in spite of the years I've been in France. But at the same time, France is also MY home now, so it's that conflicting feeling of being an expat I guess you could say.

Enjoy your potluck Thanksgiving meal -- it sounds great! I'm so jealous... I could really use me some pumpkin pie! I have to be sure to call my parents and my brothers on Thursday; I couldn't reach them this past weekend...

Leah a dit…

Thanks for the recipes! I'm making the stuffing this Thursday, sounds yummalicious!

Leah a dit…

The stuffing was a hit!!! Thanks again. :)