It is already Friday here, but they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, so Thanksgiving is only really happening at home. At least that is my reasoning why I am celebrating today. I spent all morning listening to the Eagles destroy the Cowboys. I come from Pennsylvania and my Dad is from Philly, so I was quite happy about that. Still it is quite surreal listening to a football game at 7:30am.
There is so much we take for granted that would be totally different if we were born somewhere else. In the states we think of November as the end of fall and the beginning of winter, but here in Australia it is actually the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Christmas happens in the summer. They drive on the left side of the road, which even weirder seems to make people walk on the left side of the sidewalk. For over half the day I am also in the future as Brisbane is 14 hours ahead of Austin.
So well someone back home is celebrating Thanksgiving, with winter coming down, walking on the right hand of the street on Thursday, I am in increasingly warm weather, walking down the left hand side of the street on Friday, with no sign of Thanksgiving at all.
How much do these differences change one’s perception of the world? These are obvious differences, but so much of what we assume to be normal is an accident of birth. It’s a strange world.
However, the Eagles beating the Cowboys is definitely real. There is much to be thankful for!