This week was an extremely significant week in our time of getting adjusted to life in the ‘burgh. Why so significant? Could it have been my new gym membership to Planet Fitness? Could it have been Yvette’s new blog? Could it have been depositing my first paycheck into my new PNC bank account? Maybe it was learning the distinction between someone who is from Pittsburgh and someone who is a yinzer? All these things were significant but the most meaningful and memorable experience was celebrating my first Thanksgiving away in Pittsburgh and on top of that my first Thanksgiving away from home.
My first Thanksgiving here in Pittsburgh (more accurately Western Pennsylvania) was actually spent with Yvette’s family in New Castle, PA about an hour north of Pittsburgh. The food was good and I have been taking the leftovers to work. But even more special than the food was the fact that I did not feel lonely or out of place on Thanksgiving. For 34 years I have spent Thanksgiving on the west coast with my family and it has been comfortable. You know who is going to say what. You know who is going to do the prayer. You know that there will be nothing but football and naps after the meal. This Thanksgiving all that was not anticipated and I was going to a new place. But although it was new it felt very familiar. Yvette asked me whether I felt like an outside or with family and I said “Like I was with family”. That is something to be thankful no matter what day it is or where I find myself in the world