Anyway, I decided that I needed to do something little to celebrate. So, I made a pumpkin pie. It was my first time to make one completely by myself and also my first time to make one from scratch. But a friend recently cooked a pumpkin and graciously shared it with me. She also shared her oven and pie plate. :) I researched recipes, mixed ingredients, and baked a pie! :) I decided that since Thanksgiving is one the biggest holidays in the US I should take the pie to work and share it with my colleagues to give them a 'taste' of American culture.
For Thanksgiving lunch I ate rice and beans...which seemed like the perfect way to celebrate in Uganda (eating Ugandan food). But we all had pumpkin pie for dessert. Everyone said it was 'so sweet' but I think they liked it. It's just a lot different than Ugandan food.
Today of all days I'm missing friends and family in the US. I've struggled some today with feeling lonely. The day has been grey, rainy, and dreary -- a perfect match to my mood.
But I'm also thankful. Thankful for the opportunity to live in Uganda and learn from the beautiful people around me. Thankful to hear their stories and be a part of their lives. Thankful that I get to live here. Not just visit. Thankful for the people that made it possible for me to come. And I am especially thankful because after 3 weeks without electricity, we finally had power for a few hours tonight and I was able to take a hot shower. :) I will never take hot, clean water for granted again. Or electricity for that matter. Or probably a lot of things. People in the US: please know you are very, very blessed. :)
Happy Thanksgiving from Uganda!! :)
|Eating pumpkin pie in the staff room...notice|
the remnants of rice and beans on my plate
|Some of my Thanksgiving company|
|These little guys spent the afternoon in my library...|
so thankful for their little smiles and company
|Am I a bad librarian for letting them watch 'cartoons'|
in the library? :) [Here they're watching Toy Story 3]