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November 21, 2012

Some Hae Meat

 

This Thanksgiving (besides watching each and every West Wing Thanksgiving episode), I haven’t really done much to celebrate.  As you’re probably well aware, the British don’t really “do” Thanksgiving, and so the best I can hope for is a gathering of Americans I met a month ago around literal cold turkey and cranberry sauce out of a can.  But that’s not really the same, is it?  Thanksgiving is about family, and old friends.  And it’s about what you’re thankful for.  So I’ve been thinking a bit about that.  Some of you might remember that, last October, I spent a weekend in Georgia with the Indian side of my family.  I then, apparently, spent Thanksgiving day napping.

This last weekend, I went up to Scotland to visit my dad’s side of the family – you can see a few of them in the picture at the top of the post.  It was lovely to get away from London for a bit – much as I love it – and relax.  So this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for family.  But I’m also reminded of the old Scotch grace that my dad used to say (much more often when I was a kid):

“Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.”

I am thankful to have dreams: the opportunity to work for them and, eventually, live them.  I am thankful to have a family that is, incredibly and always, supportive.  I am thankful to have close friends that I’ve known for a decade or more in a life that is only two decades old.  I am thankful to have dreams, and desire.  I have meat, and I can eat.  Sae let the Lord be thankit.

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