Today is Thanksgiving and I am thankful for the following things:
I am thankful that I am not in America right now.
I am thankful for be in a country that understands “universal healthcare” does not mean tax dollars will go to pay for ET’s medical bills.
I am thankful for having had the opportunity to travel outside my country and visit places and people that are financially better off than I or my family have ever been. I am thankful for learning from them.
I am thankful for my fresh bread getting moldy in three days, that means it’s not plastic.
I am thankful for living in a country where automatic weapons are not available to children, the blind or blind children.
I am thankful for my batshit-crazy conservative Facebook friends that remind me to never take progress for granted.
I am thankful for working in the UK, a country that has just the right amount of passive aggressiveness for this Japanese-American third-culture kid.
I am thankful for living in a country where people don’t consider me fat.
I am thankful to live in a country that doesn’t think public transportation is a form of punishment for those that don’t have a car.
I am thankful to live in a country where, “Excuse me” means “fuck you”
I am thankful for my friends and family for their love, support and snarkiness.
I am thankful for the haters. Life just isn’t as fun or interesting without you.
I am thankful for my health for as long as I have it.
Thank you. Thank you Thank you. You know who you are.
Enough of this crap. I’m off to enjoy a Black Friday boxing match at my local department store. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I’m Spring Day (real name, hippie parents)
Moving back to the United States after having lived in Japan and traveling the world for 16 years has been a bit of a head fuck, especially since I now work in the U.K. My blog “The United States of Shock!” is where I give my brilliant and bitter two cents, pence, yen and euro on my experience with culture shock and current events. If you have any questions you would like to have answered in a snit, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org