Probably this year more so than others I have a sense of real thanksgiving. From my parents who very supportively helped me on this haphazard road, to my distant relatives who crossed an ocean a century ago, to a new love, I now feel part of the crossings. I suppose I have engaged in communion with the ghosts of Christmas past as well, as I have crossed the Lánchíd a few times this holiday season. As I have set my gaze in the path of the eyeless lions at its helm, and seen the lights of Parliament bright as candles.
And at first, I wanted to write about the differences in holiday traditions. How odd it is for me to imagine a baby Jesuska flying in the gifts instead of Santa. But instead I’m sentimentalizing. Opting for connections instead. Despite distances, I have been welcomed into surrogate families, secondary homes, new first countries. And I realize how fortunate I am, and how brilliant the world can be, at times, regardless of era or season.
I’ll be in Dublin for the next week, so I’ll write again on the flip side. Thank you, dear internet, for another blessed year. So from Budapest, with love, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet.
Thank you for coming and letting my crazy family in! 🙂
I hope y’all have an amazing time in Dublin! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Take lots of pictures and have a Guinness for me!
Jessica!! I wanted to drop you a line and catch up. I feel as thought I lost touch with you this semester, and wanted to see about how your lovely international life has been progressing….write me soon!!!
Hey Sara 🙂 It’s great to hear from you! Yes, my lovely international life is quite lovely. I’ve been a little lazy with writing this semester, but hope to renew my energies with the new year and lots of things to put to paper 🙂 I hope you’ve been well and life at GSC is going well! And Happy New Year to you!!!