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Not Prince Hamlet

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The Waiter Chronicles: Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23, 2007

It was a couple of weeks ago that Pepe started unfolding brief little descriptions of Thanksgiving at the Guillen house. Lots of food, a big bonfire, and plenty of drink. Then, last week, as if by plan, Grandpa formally invited Meredith and I to their family Thanksgiving. We humbly accepted.

Yes, the food was extravagant and sumptuous. Yes the bonfire was blazing. And yes the wine warmed the belly. But how much greater was the sum than its parts? To sit at table with a family of 10--granparents, cousins, even a baby--and to be welcomed so richly, to be asked to give a blessing over the meal, and to be sent home with plates of leftovers: what a gift.

When you move to someplace new you think about what the holidays will be like in that place. Yesterday was very, very far removed from the vision of Thanksgiving I started having back in April. And as reality often is, it was far superior.

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 9:42 AM

2 Comments:

How was the food...remember before you answer how many WONDERFUL meals you had the year prior!!! We miss you guys so much!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:12 PM  
Jenonymous,

The food was great (at least as great as food can be that's not yours).

:)
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 8:18 AM  

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