I didn't get to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Not only am I in Britain, where they're silly and don't have Thanksgiving, but tonight was opening night of West Side Story, so eating loads of turkey was pretty much out of the question. But I've decided, at 11:59 pm right before I run out of time, to celebrate Thanksgiving the only way I can this year-by making the stereotypically sappy list of the things I'm thankful for, and hoping that by reading this all my friends and loved ones will know how grateful I am for them. So, without further ado, here goes:
I'm thankful for:
-One of the best opening nights I've ever had-there were virtually no mishaps and the house was nearly sold out, which is awesome considering the show was in a huge theatre.
-Kendall for coming to see the show even though she only found out about it today.
-All the people in my course, who make class so much more interesting and fun. I would be lost without you guys.
-Arianne, Lucy, Manny C., Monica, Sam, Nick and Manny, who all still regularly make an effort to keep in touch with me even though I'm light-years away from Miami. (Also, side-note: Manny A.F., I miss you more than words can say. I know this hasn't been the greatest year for you, and the fact that I can't be with you to help make it better breaks my heart.)
-Caddy and Kat for both going out of their way today to wish me a happy Thanksgiving-one wouldn't expect English people to remember the date and remember how meaningful it is to us Yankee types, and they both did. Thanks, guys. It seems like a really small thing, but it meant a lot to me. :)
-Fiona and Michaela for loving me enough to throw caution to the wind and embarass me in front of someone I don't know that well by field-tackling me in the street. You girls rock.
-Rachel for bringing me tea when I'm stressed.
-Ashley, Stacey, and Judith for always making dinner an interesting event.
-Betsy for just being you. :)
-Liam for your crazy random text messages
-Jake for your random comments on my blog; good to know someone reads this thing. As long as there's at least one, I will continue to update it.
-Seb for wanting to work with me next semester; I've discovered that it's reasonably difficult for me to live without working on a show, and I'm really excited to be part of what looks to be a really awesome production team, though my capacity is yet undefined. At this point, it doesn't even matter what I do; I'm just so psyched to work with you guys.
-Mimi for always going out of her way to be kind during rehearsals.
-Jeff for always walking me home.
-Adnan for his chivalry tonight. Much appreciated. Three cheers for new friends.
-My mom for being amazing. She's the most courageous and selfless woman I know, and I love her more than words can say. Mom, I wish more than anything that I could be there for you right now when things may not be so great. I'm so sorry that I can't be.
-Leigh for being an awesome sister; Adam for being an awesome brother.
-Gracie for, well, my whole life, Brad for taking care of her, and Parker for being the best pseudo-nephew a girl could have. He'll be even better when he's actually born. :D (I'm too excited for words.)
-The whole camp crowd for helping me transition to life in London so easily; Aimee, Andy, Alistair, Rick, Gemma, and especially Rhys and Kendall-you guys have been a Godsend.
-Pete for commiserating with me while we suffer through Latin together...it's sort of like the really nerdy three musketeers. Except there's two of us. So it's not really like that at all.
-Rosie, Rebecca, Vanessa, and Ginnie for befriending me from the very first West Side rehearsal, when I was still being the shy and intimidated version of me. (Glad that's out the window...)
-Rupert, Dom, Jane, Liz, Lizzy, Julia, and Dan for just being awesome. Elaboration unnecessary.
-Dr. Fitzgerald for fighting so hard to get me into grad school; I know for a fact I wouldn't be where I am today without him.
-Deb for hiring me to choreograph for her so many times; I think a good half of my experience came from her, and I can't express how much I appreciate that she's let me develop my skills so extensively.
-Phoebe, Vicki, Kat, and Liz S. for being so sweet to me recently; I'm sorry we've only just gotten to know each other, and I really hope that we can stay in touch when the show ends.
-Donna for making such an effort to be part of my life; if I had to go out and pick a step-mother, I would have picked you.
Well, if you've read this far, then a major kudos to you-you officially have no life. :) (Though the fact that I spent a good half hour writing this doesn't say too much about my social life either...). If there's anyone I've missed, I do very much apologize-I promise I'm thankful for you, too! It's just, you know, late. So good night world; tomorrow morning ushers in the official start of the Christmas season! Woot!