at the Kinfolk gathering; and for some reason they were kind enough to invite me to join in their Thanksgivukkah! Last Saturday, Sandra and I adventured south of Paris for a most unforgettable Franco-American feast:
stuffing (southernly referred to as "dressing" because it was prepared outside the bird), green bean casserole, lobster macaroni and cheese.
Belgian chocolate was nothing compared to the homemade pecan pie, chou au chantilly et potiron (pumpkin cream puffs), and an unexpected berry cake. Coffee, champagne, and a local porter aged on Fernet Branca barrel chips were served alongside. Phil and Tiphaine are obviously the best hosts in the whole wide world.
my family's annual fête, I'm thankful for this new tradition, too. Oh! By the way, obrigado is Portuguese for "thank you." I'm especially fond of it because it's so similar to the Spanish abrigo (coat) and abrazo (hug). Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Let's embrace all that significance and share our gratitude generously:
- Donate to disaster relief in the Phillipines.
- Create a care package for a local homeless shelter.
- Send season's greetings to a military veteran, service member, or family.
- Recycle an old cell phone for global health.
- Make Thanksgiving possible for those less fortunate.
- Knit a scarf for a college student in need.
- Smile at a stranger; hug your parents; call an old friend; compliment a loved one; say merci, and really, truly mean it.