Anyways, today we all celebrated Thanksgiving, and man was it a ride! Yeah, I know we celebrated a day later than we should've, but we had a birthday on Thursday, and it's not really about the day anyways so whatever.
I dunno, overall I think the event was a pretty big success. Sure I was a little stressed during the whole preparation stage, but isn't that just part of the experience. It was interesting seeing all the different roles of Thanksgiving being filled by my friends here. I kind of played the Mum, or maybe the Grandma. I made the ham and then kind of helped out when everyone else was cooking. I also ran around like an idiot making sure no one was eating yet and that nothing was going too terribly wrong. One of my other friends fit the role perfectly of kitchen support, you know, that person who helps hold a conversation while you're cooking and helps you relax. Then we had the loud and the boisterous, the drinking before dinner, and the super surprised. There was no television which meant no sports, but there was a computer so someone could fulfill the role of showing old (from the beginning of our stay) pictures of all of us and how we've changed while being here.
The whole thing was nice though, like, I don't even really know how to explain it. I made sure no one ate until everything was served, and then I made everyone sit down to listen to a speech. Nothing fancy, just simple. I told everyone to look at the person sitting next to them, I told them to see who all was in the room, all these people are our friends. We're all different, we're all interesting, and we were all there. I told them Thanksgiving wasn't about eating or about the Pilgrims or about anything like that! Thanksgiving is about friendship and family, that's it. I think that might have touched a few people, and I really hope it did.
I was one of only three people who had experienced Thanksgiving before, and it was amazing seeing and hearing what everyone thought about the whole affair. I might not have fallen in love with Finland, but I sure did make a new family. If that wasn't worth the trip, I don't know what is.
Gobble gobble everyone~!
Moi moi <3