I generally spend Thanksgiving with my Mom’s side of the family. Before we descend upon the table to feast on turkey, green beans, and pumpkin pie, we pack into my grandmother’s kitchen, hold hands, and say one thing that we are thankful for. It’s a simple ritual, but I enjoy it because it helps remind me why I celebrate Thanksgiving, and how fortunate I truly am. With that in mind, I asked my fellow TIME members what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving. This is what they said:
Lauren is thankful for her family, anti-itch cream, and Immodium.
Matt is thankful for a place to go home to after all this traveling.
Meg is thankful for gelato and e-mails from her parents.
Amy is thankful for Koshari (an Egyptian dish, consisting of noodles, rice, lentils, chickpeas, caramelized onions, and tomato sauce) and spending Thanksgiving with such a wonderful group of people.
Mike is thankful for his friends, family, and for being healthy.
Alex is thankful for health, happiness, loved ones, and incredible opportunities.
Katie is thankful for constant support of her amazing family during TIME, falafel, Pepto-Bismol, and being able to play Christmas music.
Ben is thankful for two eyes that can read, two legs that can run, and skin that can feel the warmth of the sun.
Lizzie is thankful for her family, friends, and gluten-free pancakes.
Christina is thankful for her supportive parents and St. Olaf and their study abroad programs.
Jess is thankful for great technology to keep her connected to those she loves at home, good conversation and happy giggles to keep her connected to those she loves here, and quiet moments of reflection to keep her connected to this amazing experience. And, if Johnathan is reading this, she’s thankful for the mashed potatoes.
Katrina is thankful for Deanna, Katie, Emily and her beautiful family.
John is thankful for being able to go to a school where he can study exciting things with interesting people.
Mark is thankful to spend Thanksgiving with the TIME group, to experience and learn, and for beaches.
Meredith is thankful for being able to take the trip of a lifetime.
And I am thankful for great food, jokes, and being able to spend time in a completely different part of the world.
On behalf of TIME, happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Thank you for your continued love and support. We’ll see you soon.