Post by flossieskid on Nov 25, 2021 17:38:18 GMT -5
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American members!
I sometimes forget that people in Canada, Australia and other countries do not celebrate this day. When our daughter, Nikki, was living in Leeds, England, for her junior year of college abroad, obviously, no one in England celebrates our cessation from their country, so nary a turkey could be found anywhere! But Nikki’s friends knew this was her first year away from her family not sharing Thanksgiving with us. Her 10 flat mates found two big chickens and cooked them, along with mashed potatoes, stuffing and bought an apple pie for Nikki to help her not be too sad missing out on having a real Thanksgiving at home. Who says the British are a cold bunch?!? Nikki loved it and was so touched her new friends of only 3 months made her feel so welcome.
Sadly, I have a super bad cold, sore throat and ear aches for the first time in 4 years, so I’ll be missing out on my best friend’s dinner. We trade cooking duties on Thanksgiving and, thank god, it wasn’t my turn this year. So, I will be spending the day in bed, eating Popsicles and watching the 2 part Thanksgiving episodes of The Waltons and Earl’s special hour program reflecting on the show. I didn’t even know this existed, but I checked on upcoming programs on the Inspire Network and found it. Plus, Mike McGreevey sent me one of his last copies of the documentary on Earl, so it will be a Waltons binge day! Can’t wait to watch them while I am all cozy in my bed - maybe hacking up a lung, but I will, at least, be cozy!
I am thankful for so many things this year, but I am most grateful to the community of wonderful, kind, thoughtful and funny people I have met on The Waltons Forum! Thank you to all who have made me feel so welcomed. I have enjoyed your support of my stories, my observations and your replies to all my questions. I hope everyone enjoys the day with good health, good food, great friends and loving families. But, if you happen to be alone on this day, treat yourself to a decadent sweet, enjoy a good book or watch TV to make you laugh or remember some happy memories from years gone by.
Hopefully, we can all find something for which we are thankful!
I'm quite certain that only Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving except we celebrate it on the second Monday in October. Our Thanksgiving 'officially' marks the end of the harvest and is more about family than pilgrims, which have nothing to do with our celebrations.
But hiding away in a comfy bed sucking on Popcicles and watching The Waltons all day isn't such a bad way to spend a day.
By the way, if you've never seen a icicle, here's one for you. It was hanging from the eave of the house next door outside my back door last year:
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. - Plutarch