Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted anything on here. If I'm being honest, school has been kicking my butt. The past two months have been a blur of homework, class, staying up to finish more homework, more class, writing papers, being tired all the time. Now that the semester's winding down though, I definitely feel more grounded and like myself again. I totally missed posting during November so here's a quick little update on how my Thanksgiving went :)

(My little sister & me being cool)

 To start off, Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. after Christmas of course. Mostly because of the food- mashed potatoes, gravy, ham, stuffing, & corn are some of my favorite foods and also what create what I believe to be the ultimate comfort meal.

For the past 3 or 4 years, I've spent Thanksgiving at my uncle's house in North Jersey with my mom's side of the family. Growing up, we always had Thanksgiving at our house with my dad's side of the family and it's still something I'm still getting used to. My mom's side is a lot more conservative and traditional- very religious and more Korean than American. I'm also the oldest cousin there, all my cousins from my mom's side are a lot younger than me and my sister. It's a big change from my dad's less conservative and more Americanized relatives and cousins our age- there was a severe falling out a couple years ago and since then we haven't seen much of my dad's side of the family. Which sucks because those are the cousins I grew up with and who I imagine I'd be having a really fun Thanksgiving with now if our parents weren't estranged. 

That being said, this was the first year Thanksgiving with my mom's family started to feel more like a tradition. My mom always cooks all the traditional dishes and brings them over, her cousin Ruth brings tiny cupcakes from NYC, my uncle's wife prepares super trendy appetizers, and my grand-uncle prays for a really, really, really long time before we can eat (he's a pastor). I love everyone in my family a lot and had a wonderful time this year, but it does make me sad to think about how Thanksgiving was once spent with relatives I haven't seen for years now. This is the age when we would've sneaking beers in the bathroom and laughing about becoming adults together, ya know? If any of my cousins keep up with my life and are reading this, I miss y'all. 

On a happier note, I trained all of my little cousins to call me 'Boss'. I think I've finally won their loyalty and love :)

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