Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 2/7/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

Last night the roommates told me I'd gotten two post cards in the mail.  Woo hoo!  They were both from Hannah and Hermann, from their trip to Munich over New Year's.  The first one I looked at was this:

George IV

I chuckled out loud when I read the back, then had a huge smile on my face, thinking of my wonderful friends and feeling special that they'd thought of me over their holidays.

The second post card looked like this:

And the back was all written in German!  Those two friends combined speak English, Spanish, and French... but they don't speak German. 

Rather than typing things into Google Translate, I brought the post cards with me to work today.  I took it to some German graduate students to translate, but they couldn't make sense of it one bit.  They asked if my friends were drunk when they wrote this.  Hah.  Later that day while Gchatting Hannah, I found out they had merely written all of the German words that they knew!  It was really funny, and I was glad to have had an excuse to meet this semester's German graduate students.

So today I'm very thankful for these friends (you too, Max and Caroline! And others!) over in Europe that I've been able to stay close with, even after moving to the states.  It's normal for me to send snail mail, but to receive some from these two was a delight.  I'm also thankful for the fact that I'm able to Gchat with these friends nearly every day, which has helped our friendships stay strong.  Sure it's not the same as hanging out face to face, but you've got to appreciate what you do have!

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
-Melody Beattie
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