My first celebration of Thanksgiving was wonderful. The Turkey and the traditional foods were delicious. I was invited to a dinner party at one of my host’s best friend’s home. I met new friends and had a nice talk about a variety of topics; culture, arts, politics and the different life styles between America and Cambodia.
The other fun part of the Thanksgiving was the Black Friday shopping night. My host family and I went to the mall right after the dinner. It was so weird for me to go shopping from midnight until 4am. You would never be able to do it in Cambodia. It was so much fun.
On the weekend, I went to Philadelphia to visit a friend who is a talented artist from Cambodia. I was glad to use the time to participate in the event that was organized by IKARE. The concert was to raise funds to support the Khmer Legacy museum which it located in Minnesota and to build a school for the children who live in the rural areas in Cambodia. I was honored to be part of the event.
Finally, the weekend has come to an end and I’m back to the place that I am happy to call a home sweet home in DC. I feel good to have another two day break before the next intensive English course at LADO. I can’t wait to go back to school and challenge myself along with my classmates.
On my first Thanksgiving celebration, I would like to thank to my mum, my family who gave me the freedom to be who I am, and encouraged me to keep fighting for my dream.
Thanks to my host family in America and thanks to all friends and supporters who believe in me and contribute to my education dream.
I also wish to give thanks for all the good and bad things that have happened in my life. Without those experiences, I wouldn’t have grown. I’ve been rolling with both sadness and happiness with many more to come.