The kids are in school - it's not a holiday here, after all. My husband is home, but he's sick. The girls are out playing with Xiao Tong. And I am supposed to be using this time to get started on my feast. We have several families joining us tonight, so there's lots to cook.
Yesterday, they talked about Thanksgiving in Aidan's American Studies class. They went around the room and each child said aloud what he was thankful for. Dear, sweet Aidan, who has so many blessings in his life, thought of this particular one: "I'm thankful," he said, "that my dog had puppies."
His dog. His ancient, male, neutered dog. Had puppies? And this is what he was thankful for.
We'll have to work up a better list when he gets home from school today.
I am thankful for so many things, but I'm too superstitious to put them in print. I know, though, that I am a very fortunate woman.
And with that, I'm off to cook. Turkey, dressing, potatoes, green beans. I already made the veggie dip, the purple fruit dip, the citrus salsa (no fresh cranberries here, alas) and the fudge. Someone else is bringing salad and pie.
I'm hungry just thinking about it.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my loved ones and friends across the globe. Be warm, be fed, be with family and be grateful for it all.