November 10, 2009
A Cooler Day Brings Thanksgiving!
Today was rainy and cool. Of course cool is relative but for us that means it was only in the 70's so it was a nice break from the hot weather. Actually, to me it seemed like fall. It smelled like fall. The rain had moistened the dusty ground. The air smelled of moist earth and wood burning from fires where people where trying to stay warm and take the chill off the day. I loved it!
It actually inspired me to really get serious about planning Thanksgiving which is just a couple weeks away now. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with most of the other Americans (or married to Americans) in town. There should be about 20 of us including children. We are going to share the cooking and do it potluck style (you guessed it we are responsible for the turkey). We will caravan to our friends farm about 40 minutes drive from town out into the bush. They have been busy building their house and by that time should have a roof on. If the roof is not finished they will build a grass shelter for us to gather under and find shade. We will dine with plastic tables and chairs, and plastic plates and cups. We will have a squatty potty if needed. We will cart our drinking water in igloos. We will bring our food in coolers. It will be simple. It will remind us of how the Pilgrims first did it. It will be beautiful. It will be what Thanksgiving is truly about- fellowship and giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness to us. Living in this country causes us all to take notice of how much we have to be thankful for all the time. Even in the things we miss like our family, our American traditions, our American conveniences we realize because we miss those things we are blessed.
I for one am looking forward to Thanksgiving. Who knows we may even get in a good old American game of horseshoes.