Sunday, October 08, 2006

Thanks be Given

Tonight was spent talking to my family, and what a joy that was! As always, my family was celebrating Thanksgiving as they know best: by getting together. The last time I got to eat turkey and cranberries and pumpkin pie with them was in 2003, but I still feel part of the whole celebration through our lively phone calls.

I called too early, when it was just my father and Frank in the kitchen, dutifully finishing up the last touches on the feast for twenty-plus. So I went back to putting together my Ikea furniture and before long, Dad called me back, then phone was passed from aunt to cousins to grandmother to Frank and I got to hear their news and to share mine. A few phone calls later and I caught my brother, Jay and his wife Christine on the phone (a rare treat!) They came up from Invemere and I'm sure they will leave with at least three turkey dinners fueling their tummies for the 8hr drive back.

It was a gorgeous day in Alberta- all sunny and crisp, as it was here in London, oddly enough. Sandy, our rotteweiler is birthing today and that added to the general excitement. (I forgot to ask: Save me a puppy please!!) I could hear laughter, loud conversation in the background and the clinking of silverware and those joyful familiar family sounds lifted my spirits.
Here's a Thanksgiving photo from 2003 (that's the back of Frank's head illuminated there). Funny I had no idea here that I would be oceans away for the next three years. Makes my heart ache a bit...

An even sweeter treat was that I caught my mom online, and chatted over messenger. I realised today that I've only talked to her once by phone since moving here, and that msn and blogspace has been a great buffer from loneliness and disconnection for Mom, Michael and me. But tonight that wasn't enough so we had a delightfully long phone conversation afterwards, followed by a much-needed call to my mum's mom, my Babki, who was busy making her own Thanksgiving dinner for her friends. And after that, I was able to message Mom to let her know that I was in touch with Babki. Ahhh... teachnology, it's simply fantastic sometimes. Just wait til I get skype!

So with happy thoughts of my family, I'm off to bed. I can't wait to see my lovely people again, but I know they'll be patient for me and wait while "I do what I gotta do." Thanks folks! Love you.

5 Comments:

At 12:08 a.m., October 09, 2006, Anonymous Alec Macdonald said...

Hey There!

What a nice way to keep up with your sights and sounds of England. I hope your cold is swept away with a turkey feast, as I have found a full stomach banishes chills for spell. As far as I know, Sandy has been in labor for quite some time now and has not yet given birth.

I wish I could write more, but a food coma is dragging me from consciousness to the Land of Nod. (Is Thanksgiving a way to give Mr. Sandman a break?) I look forward to your next entry.

Hugs,

Alec

 
At 1:24 a.m., October 09, 2006, Blogger nicholas said...

I'm missing my family thanksgiving this year as well. Actually I haven't been home for one in five years now but I did my own with a ton of friends for the two years before this. Luckily Jill saved me from a sad long weekend filled with work and took me to her family's but they didn't have my must have Thanksgiving pecan pie so I guess I'll have to make my own.

Happy Thankgiving!

 
At 12:46 a.m., October 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jodie from Jay and Mom
I'm glad that you didn't feel left out this thanksgiving. know that we think about you lots
jay

Hi Cookie, Jay and I are in my study listening to his ipod and reading your blog.

You must be just asleep now . . . talk with you tomorrow!

Mom

 
At 8:35 a.m., October 11, 2006, Blogger Loren said...

Hey there - good to hear that you had a great Thanksgiving! We had a lovely time out here with familia plus Janice :-)

Hope the week's going well for you and look forward to chats sometime soon!

 
At 4:00 p.m., October 11, 2006, Blogger guillaume d. said...

Hey Joe,

I did not realize Canadian Thanksgiving was so much ahead of the US one. For a time I thought you had lost your marbles... :->

Anyways, glad you talked to your family and enjoyed it!! Turkey and Cranberry reminded me of our Xmas dinner last year, quite a treat!!! Bisous. G.

 

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