I've never been a fan of Thanksgiving. Actually, Brooklyn 99's Jake Peralta sum's it up quite nicely:
But hey I guess whoever knows me IRL (and actually cares--hi mom!) is wondering how I'm faring the oncoming holiday season. Thanksgiving actually came early for me this year because I'd--sort of--celebrated Chuseok. Before going on break all the way back in September, I'd made hand-turkeys with my students and made all those comparisons between Korean and American Thanksgiving.
I'd even made my own hand-turkey, went hiking, and thought about how thankful I was for the legs that carried me up the mountain, for the opportunity I've had to see this much of the world already.
So what now? In Korea at least, November 22nd finished with little fanfare. I went to work. I planned a week's worth of lesson's for Winter Camp and calculated the cost of some materials. I didn't wake up to the smell of spanakopita baking, but I'd barely noticed the missing food when I'd crawled out of bed that morning anyway.
"I hate Thanksgiving!"
"I wish we could skip straight to Christmas!"
"Seriously, it's the worst holiday anyway!"
"...but yo we're still gunna get everyone together for like a dinner right?"/"Friendsgiving is going to be a thing, though."/"But like...we're gunna eat."
I've been so lucky to have met the people I have so far, to have built the friendships that made and continue to make my time in Korea all the more wonderful. While bemoaning our shared hatred of Thanksgiving we, of course, planned a Friendsgiving gathering. So yeah...let's talk about what I'm thankful for I guess.
Alright now that the sappiness is over you can find me blasting Christmas music in my apartment, in an empty classroom, on the subway, during my run, when I fall asleep, when...
Pedagogy and Reflection
We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience