Ausmerican Thanksgiving

Well Thanksgiving down under has come and gone. I was pretty sad thinking about the fact that I wouldn’t be with my family this year. Every year since I started college I would either go home to Miami and spend it with my parents brother and grandparents or drive to Macon and spend it with my cousins. I was extremely lucky to be able to share this day with family for 22 years. This year in the 23rd year of my life I am thousands of miles away.

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I have always known God blessed me with a really amazing family. We are all so close and I loves when the whole Thompson clan would get together on special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas but this year was different.

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Of course there is the fact that in Australia they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving I mean the pilgrims didn’t make it all the way down here DUH! I wS feeling especially sad knowing my family would all be together in California. So I decided to make a traditional American Thanksgiving meal for my friends here and make all my favorite Thanksgiving treats.

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The prep started at lunch and I got the sweet potato casserole and pecan pie made! I had an excellent helper in Alex because he cooked and mashed the potatoes the night before for me. When I got off work Thursday I headed over to finish all the cooking. When I got to his place all the mashed potatoes were ready as well. We were on a strict time schedule since his oven is really tiny. I left Alex in charge of the turkey. While we did that I was making the garlic green beans and turkey stuffing.

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I met two North American girls on an Au Pair website I joined when I moved here and invited them. Alex invited two of his good friends. So here we were having a very Ausmerican thanksgiving. The girls brought a roasted leg of lamb and rolls and two bottles of wine. We finally sat down around 8:45 for dinner and it was great. We went around the table and said what we were thankful for this year. I had a bit of home here in Australia. Sitting around a table eating good food and being around people you care about. It may not have been a typical thanksgiving for me but it was the first of many I suspect where I do most of the cooking. It was fun.

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I am so thankful for the experience I’ve had over here so far, for my new surrogate family and the two little ones I get to see everyday, for new friends, for Alex, for this beautiful country! The only thing to make this thanksgiving better would be having my family here. I am so looking forward to my parents coming in December! It’s so close I am getting more excited by the second!

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Thankful-
Abby

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