Just got off Skype with my family in Vancouver – they just finished the huge annual Thanksgiving dinner, with all the homemade Ukrainian food and friends and games and everything. The video connection was bad, but we did get to sort of see and hear our niece ‘live’ for the first time (she’s my parent’s only grandchild so far). Missing meaningful family events is a sacrifice we knew we were going to have to make to live over here, but that doesn’t make us like it any better. We miss you guys! Eat lots of pierogies for us!
And of course, Canadian Thanksgiving also means the start of another NHL season, which I’m thoroughly convinced our American friends will never learn to truly appreciate (but this video – which makes perfect sense to me – is worth the 25 seconds, even if you are an American ;) ):
Living overseas sometimes involves sacrifices you didn’t think about ahead of time, and some are bigger than others. Can you imagine giving up your sports – not just being unable to follow your team, but playing as well? It’s not a major sacrifice for me, I guess, since grad school pretty much killed my Canucks watching ways long before we made it to China and it hardly compares to missing family events, but I still miss it, especially playing. I’m still trying to figure out what to do if we have boys… ping-pong just wouldn’t be quite the same.