It is Thanksgiving, and there is a chill in the air here in Belize. In fact, I even put on a sweatshirt today, and am reminded of the East Coast fall weather I so missed this year. I am feeling very thankful.
Despite the fact that its cliche to make a list of things you are thankful for on this day, that will not stop me from doing it. So, here is what I am thankful for today:
-The fact that I now feel (mostly) comfortable driving stick shift on these crazy roads, at least around town. That is a blessing!
-My sisters (by blood and those by circumstance or choice), who are far away, but still make effort to keep in touch. They understand me in ways no one else quite could, and they support me.
-The beautiful place that I live. I look out my window and there is so much green- plants, trees, grass. I’ve never lived anywhere with this much green! Not to mention the beautiful flowers, something new is always blooming. It is refreshing and good for the soul.
-That I can look out of my office window and see playful toucans up close, sometimes, and other times I see yellow-throated euphonias, summer tanagers that are bright red, black and white warblers, and many more!
-The love and support I have at home, in the U.S., from family, friends, community. I am looking forward to three of them visiting in January and am SO thankful for that!
-New friends here in Belize, both expats and Belizeans, who I am building relationships with
-Packages from loved ones that make me feel very loved and supply me with reminders of home: tea, coffee, delicious chocolates, and letters
-Being in Belize helps me step out of the consumerism and bombardment of advertisements in the U.S.- another thing that is very refreshing about being here
-Our wonderful library at CCSP, filled with wonderful resources and books I can’t wait to read on topics like Sustainable Development, Religion and Spirituality, The Environment, and plenty of great Fiction (currently reading “Girl Meets God” by Lauren Winner, just finished “The Hobbit”).
-My amazing husband, who is sweet and quirky and (literally) chases after birds, carrying around binoculars wherever he goes, loving me and supporting me no matter how silly and absentminded I am.
-Hope- the fact that there is so much good in the world, despite the sometimes overwhelming sadness and tragedy.
I could write much more, but it is dinner time, and I am pre-thankful for the delicious dinner that I will soon share with students and staff, recently returned from their Marine Ecology trip!