I will pause for a minute as a courtesy to my American readers while the shock subsides because, as they know, Thanksgiving was over two months ago! This post has been sitting on the dashboard for a while. Let’s hope, that like a good wine, this post has gotten better with age. Here goes…
On November 22nd Americans celebrated Thanksgiving and we, living farther afield from our homeland, still carried on this lovely holiday tradition with our family and American students. It is one of my favorite times of the year; a time to give thanks, to remember our blessings, and to share good food with family and friends.
The memories of past Thanksgivings also make this time of year one of my most loved. Celebrations were a big deal in my family and my Mom and Dad made sure that everyone had a “marvelous time”, as my Mother would say, when the days remembering births, feast days, holidays, and other celebrations of varying degree would arrive. Although we did still miss all the Aunties, Uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, and sister’s-in-laws, nieces and nephews again this year! But in my own small way, I try to carry on this tradition with my children. Which of course means, among other things, spending days in the kitchen with my girls cooking and baking, laughing and talking, enjoying the preparations for the holiday just as much as the day itself.
So this year there were two American students who joined us, happily being freed from evening study periods and other such activities. John, who has been with us for every Thanksgiving, and become a regular fixture at our Thanksgiving table, celebrated with us. And another new face, Steven joined us as well. This will mostly likely be our only Thanksgiving with him as he was just accepted to Thomas Aquinas College in California, which is also the Alma Mater of one of my own brothers! We are very happy for him and he will be leaving us at the end of the academic year.
So although this post is late in coming we wish that each of you who celebrated Thanksgiving truly enjoyed it, and, for those of you would did not, we hope that you can pause, if only for a moment, to give thanks.