Since I left my life in the US in 2008, I have been back to visit at least once every single year and serendipituously always in the Fall. I am missing my New York fix this year and have this insatiable hunger for that feeling of Fall that can only be truly felt in New England. The flavours, the crisp sunny days, the colors…oh the colors but mainly Thanksgiving and all the flavors that come with it. This is a holiday reserved for Americans and I envy them for this day so much so that I have decided to incorporate it into my repertoire of annual holidays regardless. It sucks to have been sitting at work today while all of America takes a few moments to reflect on their past year and to enjoy a little bit of humility. Obviously this is something we should do everyday but to dedicate a day to truly and consciously being grateful is special. And like every year, and every day I have so much to be grateful for and feel so lucky to be where I am today and to have been granted this incredible opportunity to be in Paris. I am especially grateful to God for easing the path to make things much easier for me than they could be. Last Tuesday the 13th I saw a few apartments. That same evening I expressed interest in one. Today, the 22nd, I moved in to my new place. Apparently this is record time for Paris and I couldn’t be happier. I have a ridiculous amount of unpacking to do but more and more I am feeling at home and a part of everyday life here and I am so loving being a Parisian.
In homage to the poor people of my beloved country Palestine whose beautifully old facades and kind faces I haven’t seen since 1997; and in light of the recent atrocious happenings in Gaza, I pray for safety, shelter and comfort from the raining bombs and bullets that have violated their lives in the past few days. We are so grateful to be sitting where we are…sipping on a coffee somewhere, having a drink in a bar, snuggled on the couch at home or sleeping in a warm bed. The people of Gaza have been under occupation for years and right now they suffer a more deliberate attack that is targeted at their women, their children and everyday people like us who want nothing more than the basic comforts of a peaceful life. My heart breaks over those who have lost family members, children, limbs, memories, lives… enjoy your Thanksgiving and be grateful for what you have because there are so many aching souls in this world who would move mountains to be in your shoes. I spent last Thanksgiving with N in NYC where we took the photo of the float above in the midst of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I love this photo because it really captures the notion of Thanksgiving for me. It humbles me and reminds me that hope is what keeps us going.
I would love to hear from all of you. What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Bon Appetit to all! And to my American followers, please eats lotsss of turkey, pecan pie and apple pie for me!! Happy Thanksgiving to all.