Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and it’s my first time away from home on this holiday. I can’t help but feel sad at this thought, and more than a little homesick. Thanksgiving is the largest gathering of relatives in my family — we’re Jewish so Christmas isn’t in the mix — outside of when someone dies. I do wish I were back home on this day to enjoy turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and of course Aunt Susan’s amazing pies (pecan is my favorite but cherry is a close second). I’m sure our discussions of politics would be more interesting than usual this year, with the 2016 race around the corner and Donald Trump at the top of the polls.
Thanksgiving is of course all about giving thanks. So I thought I’d take a little time and blog real estate to share all the things I am thankful for this year:
My mom, dad, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents for all their support and love since Day 1;
My friends, old and new, from childhood, middle school, high school, college, and post-college “emerging adulthood” for their constant presence, warmth, and willingness to talk;
My colleagues, old and new, from D3 Systems and CSDS, who have challenged me intellectually and personally to present myself well and think very critically about my ideas;
Anyone who has ever volunteered on a political campaign with me, who has helped to teach me the value of organization in politics and the importance of committing to a cause larger than myself.
I am also thankful for this opportunity to spend a year in India conducting the research that is presented on this blog and exploring this amazing country.
And thank you, reader, for your curiosity and interest in my blog.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!