It’s that time of year again. Probably later today you will find yourself napping on the couch after filling yourself with turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. It’s the one day out of the year when you can lounge on the couch, unbutton your pants for a bit of extra room, and not feel guilty for being a couch potato. And, after a nap, you’ll probably find yourself nibbling on another plate of food, while watching a Christmas movie, surrounded by friends and family.
Especially today, I find myself missing home. I can attempt to recreate my favorite Thanksgiving foods, and I can introduce Cape Verdeans to this big Thursday affair. However, there is one item that cannot be replaced (besides friends and family, of course!) — nothing substitutes for a big, comfy couch. If I could have anything in Cape Verde, it would be a couch. If I had to pack for Cape Verde all over again, I would ditch my two suitcases, and replace my bags with a couch.
For as long as I can remember, my dad comes home from work and dozes off on the couch while watching the news. Nothing quite beats curling up on the couch and watching a good movie, with a bowl of popcorn, or enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon on the couch while watching your favorite TV series.
Couches are hard to come by on this small island nation. The majority of people in CV don’t own couches because they are expensive and mediocre. CV couches aren’t real couches — they are too firm, too small, and don’t allow for maximum relaxation. When you visit with someone, you usually end up spending the entire day sitting straight up in a chair. People watch movies sitting in chairs, they talk with friends sitting in chairs — everything must be done standing or sitting in, most likely, a plastic chair.
To all the couch owners out there, you’re a lucky few. While you’re lying horizontally, digesting all that Thanksgiving food, don’t forget to be extra thankful for comfort.