Reunited Once Again-Thanksgiving

Posted By: Madison Ward
Posted On: November 28th, 2016

Fall is slowly coming to and end and the winter months are approaching. I say ‘slowly’ because I have discovered that in Ireland it is fall all year round. That being said I think I prefer 50-degree weather right now compared to the 2 feet of snow my parents are getting (no offense mom and dad). I do however miss the prepping for Thanksgiving. I somehow forgot that the American holiday is not something that is celebrated over here. In my opinion I think it would be embraced by the Irish culture if they made it a holiday. I mean come on, who doesn’t like eating enormous amounts of food all day long, taking naps, and spending time with your family??

That being said, I am definitely missing my family back home!! This is my shout out to you all: Happy Thanksgiving with extra gravy on top!!

This year I was fortunate enough to be traveling to Belfast to spend Thanksgiving with my Sport Changes Life family. It was so amazing getting to see everyone and hear about their experience so far. All of us laughing about being in similar situations, thrown in with a few gasps about how different our experiences were at the same time. Its funny, I don’t get to see all of these amazing people everyday, but we have all become so close.

Sport Changes Life put on a lovely Thanksgiving with an Irish twist: meaning you could get both boiled and mashed potatoes. A tradition I may think about bringing back home. Although the food and champagne were amazing, the best part of the night was when Sport Changes Life told us that our families had sent over videos wishing us all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m getting teary-eyed writing this to you right now, so I think you get the picture when I tell you there was not a dry eye in the house. All of my closest family and friends sent me hysterical videos from all over America. I can’t even begin to explain how much love I felt.

There have been many moments in my life, where I have looked back and thought to myself “Wow I am really loved.” Then there are moments like this where you realize how much you are loved in the moment. Beyond grateful for the people in my life and all the love that has been shown. Happy Thanksgiving and Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

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