It was a lot of work and most of it was from my friend Louis who is a whiz in the kitchen and even helped me with one of my duties to make a pumpkin pie. He made the pie crusts and was here to assist me with the fillings.
This year we have no such plans. A restaurant in town is offering a Thanksgiving turkey meal including pumpkin pie. There is also plans for a joint anniversary and birthday dinner for some of our friends at the Marco Polo Hotel. Unfortunately, the Marco Polo is not offering an American Thanksgiving special at their restaurants.
What I do want to write about one of the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving in most American homes. The holiday was originally created to celebrate how the Native Americans helped the starving Pilgrims who had traveled to a new land to leave a country with no freedom of religion at that time. The Native Americans brought foods to share with these strange people who ended up at their shores.
To me, it has a common link to my life. I moved to a country because it would have been difficult to remain in America due to the loss of job and low prospects of finding reasonable income to survive well and to bring Elena to join me there.
Instead, just like the Pilgrims, I moved to a strange land with different customs, lifestyle and language. With this, I am thankful for many things. I came and married a wonderful woman. Her country, her friends and her family accepted me. Even though I have a small savings to help support us, Elena and her family help us too. We are not rich, but we are able to live decently.
Since there are many foods that my family eats that I would not enjoy, at those times Elena has learned to use the local foods available and cook them in ways I enjoy. Elena also has shown me there are many foods here we all can enjoy.
I am also thankful for the home we live. It is not a modern home and has its problems but it is ours. We plan in the future to save and purchase or build a nicer home, but for now, it is a plan and a dream.
I have met many Filipinos and consider them as friends of mine. It is not the close friendship but there is a respect when I am at their home or they visit mine. I have also met many Expats from many countries. Some have become good friends and some are in a level of respect and friendly attitudes to each other.
With my open and friendly attitude, I have met and enjoy seeing people at the malls, shops, and markets. I am often stopped by a Filipino who I had met in the past and they always stop me to say hello and ask how I am doing.
I am also thankful for my health. With the changes of climate, conditions and lifestyle here, I have not suffered any medical problems. I have actually lost weight and in a better physical condition than when I first moved here.
I am also thankful for this site. Through it, I have developed a readership that visit my site and enjoy my commentary about life in the Philippines. Through this site I have helped and been helped by some of the reader. Some have moved or visited here and I had the pleasure to meet in person.
This site has also taught me about the internet and the difficulty to make an income from it. At first, I thought this site would provide me with an income to improve our life here. Once I found out this would not happen, I did not give up. American in Davao has become part of me, and even though difficult to keep thinking of content to post the three times a week, I have not given up.
Most of all, I want to say “Thank you Elena and the whole Libres clan for giving me a new and wonderful life with new reasons to be happy and thankful.”
I wish all my readers, no matter where you live or if you celebrate a “Thanksgiving Day” a wonderful life and many things for you to be thankful.