It’s hard to believe that it’s my 2nd Thanksgiving in Seoul. Where has the time gone? It’s definitely not easy being far away from family and having to work during this holiday, but I made the best of it by bringing Thanksgiving to my school today. Today I brought in a pumpkin pie from Costco to share with my school. Their first reaction was “Wow, thank you!” and then after I explained it was for Thanksgiving, they asked, “Where’s the turkey?” The one thing Koreans know about Thanksgiving is that turkey is involved. There are no wild turkeys in Korea. The only turkeys here can be seen at a zoo. To Koreans, eating turkey is as exotic as it is for us to imagine eating live octopus. I wish I could have brought in a turkey for my school, but it would have cost well over $100.
I was sure to make Turkey Day come alive for my students and what better way to do that than by making “hand turkeys”! I think every child in America knows how to make the infamous “hand turkey” and I couldn’t stop myself from passing on the tradition to my Korean students. They had a lot of fun tracing the shape of their hands and making it into a colorful turkey. I also had them write words of things they were thankful for. The boys went a little overboard, as usual, and added some extra elements to the drawings as you will see below. Some students could not comprehend that a turkey wasn’t a chicken. And others had some trouble understanding how their hand could turn into a turkey. But, nonetheless, the students had fun learning about the history of Thanksgiving, looking at pictures of the delicious food, and making the fun turkey craft. I will continue my Thanksgiving tonight by meeting my friends for a nice, authentic Thanksgiving meal. I am counting down the hours. Miss all my family back home. I’m thankful to have family and friends all over the world that love and support me in everything that I do.