Considering yesterday was Thanksgiving and all, I figured this post could be themed on thankfulness and such! Here it goes! Full disclosure this is going to be a little cheesy, but oh well!
First, I’m going to begin with how truly thankful I am for my health. Unfortunately, here in Spain, yesterday was not a national holiday and I still had to go in for a shift at the hospital. It was another typical day on the floor here. However, one patient was particularly ill. Her daughter was recounting the patient’s night, how difficult each breath had been, how uncomfortable she seems, etc. It was a really sad scene altogether. As I was helping the nurse change this woman’s IV fluids, I was thinking about how much it means to truly be healthy. I am a 21 year old, with barely any complaints health wise. Yeah, I had a cold this past week, but nothing in comparison to what my patient was facing yesterday. I had a moment then and there, where I placed myself in the patient’s shoes, and really thought about the significance of health. I am so very thankful for the ease of each breath I take, the constant beating of my heart, and every other part of my health that I so often take for granted.
Second, I am thankful for this opportunity to have celebrated such an American holiday in Spain. Waking up yesterday, I have to admit I was pretty grumpy and upset. I was bummed I had to still go to the hospital to work, and that I didn’t have a day off like the rest of my friends back home. Then I was upset I wasn’t home enjoying the normal things with my family. However, after a long day at the hospital, a friend of mine found a place online that streams the Macy’s Day Parade and the dog show! Elizabeth and I actually got to share a little bit of the parade with our host mom and explain what Thanksgiving is about. Then, later on, we headed off to a dinner hosted by our University. To be honest, I didn’t think that this would be anything like home. Sometimes I really don’t like the food here in Spain, and I didn’t want to get my hopes up. However, when we arrived, the entire room was filled with the amazing scent of turkey. We were served cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, and everything else I would think of for a “normal” Thanksgiving. Our directors had worked so hard to deliver a traditional American feast, and I really think they went above and beyond. It was more than I could have asked for, and I am so grateful to have celebrated Thanksgiving in Spain!
Third, I am most definitely thankful for the people in my life here while studying abroad. I feel like my time here in Spain could have been so much harder if I didn’t meet the awesome friends I did here. I am so thankful to become friends with the people I have, and to continue being friends with my awesome roommate as well! We’ve been through a lot here in Granada, and I definitely wouldn’t want to experience it with anyone else!
Above is our beautiful table for Thanksgiving Dinner!