Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

It’s been a busy past few days what with Thanksgiving, all the travel involved (a pretty painless drive I have to admit!) and also the drama of a 10 year high school reunion! I still can’t believe that 10 years ago I was a senior, trembling on the brink of becoming a college student (and a mature adult… sometimes I think I’m still on the brink there!). I also cringe when I think about my terrible style choices during high school… or rather the lack of style. Everyone looks the same but different – I’d like to think that I’ve improved with age, at least in terms of clothing. Maybe.

In any case I’ve been a little belated on the photo challenge posts and my own miscellaneous posts so it’s best to just get into it! This week at the Daily Post we’re giving thanks, timely considered the holiday that just passed.

This is a cross-stitch that I made and framed as a gift to my parents for Chinese New Year, which reads “家和萬事興”, meaning that a family that lives in harmony will prosper. If there’s anything that Asian families aspire to, it’s to live in harmony (and also for their kids to become doctors/lawyers, ahhh). Definitely there have been inharmonious moments in my family life (read: the teenage years) but as I’ve grown older I’ve learned to appreciate my family a lot, especially all the effort that my parents have put into raising me. The distance in  years (and also in miles!) has given me a lot of insight. Dare I say, I even miss them sometimes?

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