It was the first snow in Chicago and my first Thanksgiving with an American family. Breathing the always chilly air on the way to Hugh’s house, my heart was warm to join this holiday with ID student from different countries. Hugh and his family’s hospitality made me feel like we were a big family.
Surprised by the vivid and warm colored setting, the paintings and collections around the house opened my eyes. The beauty is not only the art itself, but how Hugh and his children made collages and paintings together; they caught the meaningful moments and stored them in memory. Discovering the art and pictures became an interesting way to know more about Hugh, and it also opened a topic for me to start knowing other ID people. All the guests also left our chalk messages in Hugh’s blackboard cabinets.
Last year, I watched the food channel for one week to enrich my cultural knowledge. This year, I am so happy to have all these delicious foods with my friends. Before lunch, Hugh told us about the origin of Thanksgiving and these traditional foods; eating cranberry sauce with turkey and stuffing was very special for me.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate life and share gratitude. Before eating, Hugh shared another tradition with us, and we all took a quiet moment to think about what we are thankful for. At that moment, I was thinking of my family in Taiwan. And then back to the foods and chatting with Hugh and other ID people; I thank for those happy hours we enjoyed and relaxed in this holiday. Thank you very much, Hugh.