Month: December 2014

First Thanksgiving & a slice of humble pie

I hadn’t intended to do a full-blown Thanksgiving with my Austrian in-laws for fear that it wouldn’t feel the same. Thanksgiving Thursday was an ordinary workday, and our celebration would have to take place on Saturday. At that point, I figured it would be like any other Saturday when the family eats lunch together because that’s what happens when your relatives are also your neighbors. What if they don’t like the food? What if they miss the point of it? I was ready to shrug it off. I had it all wrong. Thanksgiving turned out to be very special. Looking back, I realize that a) my defeatist thoughts are quite crippling, b) I was the one missing the point, and c) blessings come in many forms. It was my brother-in-law and his girlfriend who motivated me to celebrate Thanksgiving. They called Juergen with the idea to surprise me with a dinner, knowing it’s my favorite holiday and wanting to take part in an American tradition. Their thoughtfulness and enthusiasm is what the holiday is all …