Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m feeling a bit better today — still weak but not flat out sick.  I’m going to venture out to Thanksgiving dinner with an American family this afternoon.  I might only last a couple of hours, but I don’t want to miss celebrating one of my favorite holidays.  Update: unfortunately I didn’t feel well enough to go to Thanksgiving dinner but I am hopeful that I am on the road to recovery.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is a list of  the big things I am thankful for:

Hospitality — over the last three months, friends and strangers have housed and fed me when I needed a place to stay and fed and medicated me when I was sick.  For this, I am truly grateful.

Friends in Lithuania — those I’ve reconnected with from last year and new friends I’ve made this year.  Although I come to Lithuania to work, my friends and acquaintances make my time here enjoyable.

Friends and family in the U.S. —  who keep in touch and don’t forget me while I’m far away for a long time.

Graduate school — despite the fact that graduate school seems designed to crush any sense of confidence in one’s intellectual abilities and drive one into debt, I glad that I am in the Ph.D. program.  I appreciate the opportunity to develop my skills as a historian and to begin my own research and scholarship.

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship — without this funding, I would not have the opportunity to be back in Lithuania continuing my research and writing my dissertation.

Skype — which allows me to talk to my friends and family on this holiday and see their smiling faces.

And so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Even if you aren’t American and this isn’t your national holiday, I hope that today you will take a few minutes to think about what you are thankful for.


About amanda

Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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