Thursday, November 25, 2010

watching K-Pax and typing away my thanks

this is my first post since my return from the other side of the world. needless to say, I am a little out of practice in this writing medium, but I am willing to make an effort if you are willing to excuse my rusty composing skills.

today it is not only a day of giving thanks, but it happens to also be my birthday - the 23rd annual celebration of my arrival on earth. My brother reminded me that my birthday and Thanksgiving land on the same day only once every 7 years. It's something like that (minus the calculation of leap years), I suppose. All I know is that the most I could ask for on such a rarely occuring day is the possibility of consuming lemon meringue pie and sucrose-impregnated yams. Done and done.

my birthday last year was spent unassumingly and without expectations - well, only that of continuing to work hard. I remember waking up early, cleaning the apartment and making a giant omelette for my missionary companion and I. We worked all day, teaching and talking with people about the Gospel. We didn't even eat lunch. It was the best birthday. It wasn't about me. It wasn't about my wishes or my pies-in-the-sky. It was about others. If I am thankful for anything this year, I am thankful for what this past year has been and done for me. I am thankful for what I have been able to provide for the world (namely, those in New Caledonia) through my service rendered in a small, simple way aided along by Heavenly Father.

I give thanks today for those who are around me - for those whom I can serve and help. And, since I cannot completely deny the perks of American birthday tradition, I give thanks for that beautiful present from mes parents: a new, large set of scriptures in English. Yes, malheureusement, I will have to read them in English at one point.

hoping that yours is a happy day of thanksgiving.

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