Thanksgiving Reflections from the Road

May your stuffing be tasty, May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy, Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious, And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner, Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown

I have come to appreciate Thanksgiving more and more as I have gotten older. Since this holiday is no longer marred by studying for finals, I can finally enjoy it.  Plus, it is one of the few holidays that doesn’t require giving “stuff” – just stuffing!

Think about it – Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s are all very material holidays that involve giving gifts or candy or something.  But Thanksgiving is one holiday all about food, family and all of the reasons to be thankful in your life.   You can wait until Black Friday to think about material things.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to celebrate with our families this year, but never fear – we’ll still be celebrating with plenty of food!  And we’ll celebrate with our cyber-family by telling you 5 things for which we are each thankful (yes, there is some overlap, which is funny since we wrote them separately):

Edie’s 5 Thanksgiving Thankfuls

  1. First and foremost, I am thankful for a partner in crime on this adventure.  There are very few people you can be with 24/7 (literally 24/7 here, folks!) and still enjoy their company and not want to punch.  I was lucky enough to find Scott  – someone who fits that bill and who is willing to give up a “safe” life for some adventure on the road.  (How many of you thought I meant Knox?)
  2. Second (by the smallest margin possible), I am thankful for understanding and supportive parents.  Most parents would expect that “big news” from their 30-something daughter would be more along the lines of “I’m pregnant” or “I’m engaged” or “I made partner.”  Thankfully, when I said “I’m quitting my job and traveling the U.S. with my boyfriend” my parents remained calm and offered support and suggestions (and an ax!).
  3. Closely related, I am thankful for all of the other family and friends who are supporting and encouraging us on this adventure – whether by offering suggestions on places to see or eat, reading and sharing our blog, or just telling us how much they admire our courage for taking the brave leap to do this.  A big thank you to everyone!
  4. I am also very thankful for the many open-minded and adventurous individuals out there who are willing to participate in organizations like WWOOF and Workaway (http://www.workaway.info/).  They allow us to travel longer since we get to save money on lodging – plus we get to learn new skills and meet interesting people!
  5. Last though not necessarily least, I am thankful to have no debt or other impediments to travel.  Since I have no income during this adventure (yet at least!), the fact that I have no looming student loans, credit card debt, etc. to cause financial stress makes this a realistic option for me.  I recognize that this is a blessing that most do not have.  Houses, kids, or debt would all make this adventure much, much harder if not impossible.

Scott’s 5 Thanksgiving Thankfuls

  1. I’m immensely thankful for the opportunity to travel the US (and hopefully the world) that I’ve put myself in a position to have the freedom to take advantage of.
  2. I also appreciate having a great girlfriend and travel companion that is willing to get dirty, sleep in a tent (even if we haven’t done so yet), have no idea what the next 3 months holds, forgo most material possessions, and is generally very fun and easy to get along with.
  3. A group of supportive friends and family members certainly makes life tons easier too.
  4. While we’re out adventuring, it’s nice to have a great infrastructure of cell phones, GPS satellites, farms willing to open their homes and teach us new skills (through WWOOF.org), and other such ways of making roughing it not too rough.
  5. And finally, I’m glad that I have Knox to make sure no food gets wasted.

Knox’s 5 Thanksgiving Thankfuls

  1.  I am most thankful for Scott and Mommy.  They are always there to feed me, protect me and scratch my belly.
  2. Even though I don’t get to see them much lately, I am thankful for Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Julie.  They give me lots and lots of food…oh, and love, too.
  3. I am thankful for leftovers.  Scott and Mommy apparently can rarely finish a meal when they go out to eat, so I get to benefit.  Most of it is pretty good but they should really eat all of their vegetables and just leave the meat for me if they’re going to get full.
  4. I am thankful that I haven’t died yet on this farm.  Ferocious farm doggies, galloping horses and painful electric fences have certainly left their mark.
  5. Oh, and I’m thankful for barn kitties.  They aren’t scary.

What are you thankful for this year?