This year my husband works on Thanksgiving so we’re having our own little dinner after he gets home. It’ll be unique in that I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving for just three, one being a baby.

But it’s far from the most unique way I’ve observed the day. I’ve experienced a variety of away-from-home Thanksgivings in the past, all with no one to remind me how often I’ve underestimated the time it takes to cook a turkey. (Gotta love family.)

1994: Teagu, Korea – It was a normal day at work, but the administration did buy us all Pizza Hut pizza for lunch, probably because it was one of the few authentic American food items around.

1995, 1996, 1997: Weno, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia – There I worked for the only school on the island that had the day off. I went to church and had a meal of turkey, fish, breadfruit, rice and tapioca (the whole root boiled). There were some mashed potatoes around, but they never made it to my plate.

2000, 2001, 2002: Darkhan, Mongolia – Each year, second-year students enacted the first thanksgiving with Squanto, William Bradford et. al. and we sang Over the River and Through the Woods before it evolved into a Mongolian style party.

What was your most unusual or most memorable Thanksgiving?

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. A memorable Thanksgiving? Maybe getting stuck in the snow on the way to Grandma W’s house. We still went (I think you were in college). I just remember the weather, not the gathering itself.I had McDonald’s for Easter one year (your Thanksgiving at Pizza Hut reminded me of that).

  2. This year is a first for me – the first of spending it without my best friends husband, who passed away in June. For the past 10 years, we have had Thanksgiving at their house — a lively, celebration in which we brought military members to share in our feast when they were not able to be with their own families. Although we had a nice celebration (we went to Arizona and were with Richie’s family) — it did make me realize that you need to cherish the times with your family and friends because tomorrow is not promised. On another note — one year we had Jack in the Box for Christmas because we decided not to cook for the holiday.

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