Shortly after I arrived in the States, I was invited by a couple I met, Dawn and Darwin, to their Thanksgiving dinner. I've been going every year.
They are great friends. I never felt so welcome into this country as that day when they invited me over. Back then it was a bunch of guys, gals and beer, no kids. Now there are a whole bunch of kids there, and it was the first Thanksgiving for their daughter, Gabriella. Our friend Samantha was one of those at the dinner. Her partner Charles is currently serving in Iraq and safe - apparently eating Turkey this morning in Bagdahd.
This year of course, Julian was ill. So I popped over to Dawn and Darwin's for an hour or so whilst Nabila looked after Julian. I brought back a great take-out plate for Nabila. A little later, Julian started eating, but then promptly threw up whereupon he instantly felt better... It's 9pm, way past Julian's bedtime, but as he's been sleeping all day he's wide awake and mischievous. He's sitting on my lap now destroying a joystick power supply.
So it all turned out well ;-) Julian is having fun and my wife is snoozing after pampering him all day, and I'm thankful for that - amongst many other things.
Thanks USA, for this great day.