Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving in Luxembourg

Thanksgiving in Europe is a little strange. Those of us in the U.S., including me, just don't think about the fact that other countries don't celebrate this holiday that is so symbolic to us. Thanksgiving is about family, sharing stories, feasting, walking it off, and watching football. None of that here... But, it was beautiful as the first snow began to fall when we were going into dinner.

Ekkie Stiller (above), the director of MUDEC, made sure all of us wayward Americans had a way to join together, regardless of being away from our country and our families. We had a good turkey dinner. (Notice I didn't say great!) But, it was good. There's just nothing like Diane's way of putting on a feast and it was obvious I was not enjoying the home-cooked gourmet meals to which I have become accustomed.

Thanksgiving is an interesting thing. I think of the full and prosperous lives we live in the U.S. and I think about the bounty others experience as well - Europe certainly is a place of great opportunity and luxury. However, there are many others world-wide who don't have these things. With any luck, the growing integral world that we inhabit will become a fairer, gentler, and more loving place.

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