Just over one week ago, I spent my first Thanksgiving in the US since 2005. That’s a long time to go without family and football.
The first Thanksgiving abroad was spent at a little restaurant on the east coast of Australia. I had duck. I figured I needed some sort of bird in me. It was delicious.
Then followed three Thanksgivings in a row in Sweden. One resulted in a homemade Thanksgiving dinner after scouring several grocery stores in Stockholm for turkey. It was also delicious.
The next found me sitting at an American sports bar in Stockholm watching football and eating a turkey sandwich. I just didn’t have it in me to try to do anything. I think the sandwich was named after Larry Bird. I was able to consume quite a bit of bird that day. It was not delicious.
But even I have limits and decided that I felt a little too pathetic to sit alone at a bar on Thanksgiving. I was much too distraught by the death of a special little guy. Poseidon. Still missed even today.
My last Thanksgiving was spent with good friends and a whole lot of food in Stockholm. I spent most of my time doling out wine trying to get everyone good and liquored up. Because no Thanksgiving is complete without copious amounts of alcohol. Duh.
This Thanksgiving though, I was back in the US of A. I was thrown immediately into the Thanksgiving tradition of running a 5K Turkey Trot. And I trotted my way to the finish line without vomiting. It’s the little things really.
I followed that with lots of food. In fact, I weighed myself before dinner at 202.4 American pounds. Just a couple of hours later I weighed in at 206.8 pounds. That’s 2.4 pounds of America right in my belly. Feel free to chant U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! as you read this.
Since I made my way back to the great Midwest, I have gone for a run every day. For a couple of reasons. One being the fact that that 5K nearly killed me. The other being the fact that I was able to put on 2.4 pounds in just one sitting.
Welcome to Swedish-America. And an American Thanksgiving. Finally.
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