Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. A bold statement, I know. Though really, it’s a no-brainer. I love to eat and drink good wine, and my favorite way to do those things is slowly and with friends. I don’t even like turkey that much. But I love the ritual. I love that it takes all day to prepare a meal, mostly from scratch. I love talking and fussing about the turkey. I love gathering with my friends and family to eat and gossip and laugh. I usually like to wear a new sweater. Oh, and I love the pie.
I love Thanksgiving dinner so much, that when I met a woman with an American restaurant a few weeks ago, I offered to help her with her Thanksgiving catering and peel potatoes, just for fun. And so this past week I spent a few mornings at her shop, chopping and slicing (and chatting her ears off). So maybe I had an ulterior motive and was hoping she’d take pity on me and be my friend, but that’s it. I knew her turkeys were already called for.
I spent Thanksgiving Day at home, cooking a pumpkin soup and preparing for our first US holiday away from home. I had time (a first!) to think about the things I am thankful for. And then I got a message from my new friend the Caterer. She had some turkey leftovers and would I like them? Yes! Please! When I stopped by her shop, she presented me with a beautiful tray of… an entire Thanksgiving feast for two. It was amazing. Wild rice, brussel sprouts, cranberries — all the things I didn’t realize I’d been missing.
And so we had our first Thanksgiving away from home, and it suddenly didn’t feel so far away. Big dinners with my family happen frequently, and not just on holidays. So I feel lucky. And turkey and new friends have now popped into my life unexpectedly. I can’t help but think of all the kindness and love around me. For all of this, I am thankful.
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