It's a different Thanksgiving this year. When we moved to Illinois we had no family close by. Our family was all in Hawaii and California. New Chicago friends warmly included us in their festivities. Moving into our first house we met our neighbors Peggy and Jim and they made us part of their family. I was heartbroken when they moved away.
Another family moved into the same house and we again became part of a calabash family. Bill and Caroline are anthropologists in African Studies and for a couple of decades we alternated Thanksgivings in each other's houses. They often invited interesting, world aware guests who added a lot of spice and knowledge to our full Thanksgiving table.
But now it's our turn to have moved away and I understand that Bill and Caroline and their children are all in different locations around the country and our two children are in the Midwest and Southwest and we are here in Hawaii.
However, for the first time we've got my mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephews for the holidays and that is something I'm looking forward to. I'm missing Bill and Caroline, Peggy and Jim and all their children but I guess life brings changes. This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for the friendships we've had even though we have to sustain them from far away and I'm thankful for our family and friends here who are opening up their lives to welcome us in. If the airfares go down far enough maybe someday some of those friends and Tif and Jon could come for Thanksgiving and we could have a Thanksgiving of our old and new lives brought together. Now that would be something indeed!