Wednesday, November 22, 2006
What do you do on Thanksgiving day with your family all around you?
I know what we used to do. My parents used to get their slide projector out and we all used to sit huddled up looking at slides of funny, embarrasing, touching and irritating moments gone by. It was a lot of fun. There was always plenty to reminisce about and plenty of story telling.
I think one of my parents favorite stories about me is the one when we were living in Luxor, Egypt, where my dad was in charge of overseeing the construction of a new hotel and I disappeared.
I was 3 or 4 years old and on the day of the opening of this luxury hotel, I got out of bed on the fine morning. My mother was in the bathroom brushing her teeth. I was able to slip out of the hotel room undetected. We were living in a suite on the 20th floor (or something like that). Anyway, you can imagine the panic my mum was in when she did not find me anywhere. She called my dad and soon enough the entire hotel staff was looking for me. On opening day!! Well 2 hours go by and the search has now been extended to the outdoors as well. My dad is walking along the beach promenade. The hotel was on and island and the only way to get off the island is by boat you see. So, as my dad figured that I was enamored by the Falukas (Egyptian boats) he started looking there. Sure enough he saw me sitting in one of these Falukas just coming back from the mainland!!
"Oh I went for a boat trip!" was my answer and probably felt like I had just been on a cruise around the world.
Oh and yes ... the hotel opened punctually that same day LOL!!
I am carrying on with this tradition here too. So when tomorrow we all gather around the TV it will not be to watch a Football game but rather to share the pictures we have taken this past year. I will attach my Mac to the TV and we can see how the year went by so fast. I think we'll be telling a few stories of our own too. My parents are in Dubai and we will be present in thoughts, phone, webcam and blog.
I would like to take this tradition over to the blog and share a few pictures with you this Thanksgiving. This year I have been really enjoying the colors of Fall here in Germany and have been able to take a few really great pictures. I thought I would share a bit of my season with you all and show you Fall through my eyes.
For those celebrating, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the next few days off, relax and have a grand time with the family. Some will love, others will fight. Some might cry and others might jump for joy. Whatever emotions your family will evoke in you the next few days just take it in stride and think of all the warmth, support and happiness having a family really gives.
If this does not help - find yourself a good shot of Whiskey or Brandy and chill out.