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First Person: Thanksgiving Reunion in Indonesia

The Story Behind the Thanksgiving Photo

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First Person: Thanksgiving Reunion in Indonesia
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Thanksgiving Reunion in Indonesia

Every photo has a story, and on this Thanksgiving, Yahoo! News asked readers to share one photo, and the story behind it, that holds meaning for them. Here's one.

FIRST PERSON | It seems strange to celebrate Thanksgiving in another country. Having lived in America all of my life, I am used to relatives gathering this special day in November to eat turkey and smell pumpkin pie. In 2011, I learned that Thanksgiving is special because of the relatives and not the meal.

When I first met my wife, who is originally from Indonesia, her nieces and nephews were like a fun foreign college fraternity as they were attending school at Georgia State University. They all lived with her brother, Robin, and I fell in love with this happy group.

I was sad when they graduated and had to move back home. Last year, when the opportunity arose to travel to Indonesia, I was so happy to see them again. Life with these relatives was good once more. Technology even allowed my mother to connect from America. This holiday was in our hearts, yet this nation had no concept of this celebration and turkey was nonexistent.

Our Thanksgiving meal is pictured at a restaurant in Jakarta that served stuff I cannot name. I discovered the true meaning of Thanksgiving is not where you are but being with people you love.

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