Last year we were in L'viv for Thanksgiving, but this year a little bit of L'viv came to us. Thanksgiving 2008 featured no malfunctioning refrigerators or stove, and easy access to all of the necessary ingredients. Most importantly, we enjoyed the company of Lea's parents, as well as good friends from Russia and Ukraine (Margarita, Masha, Anya, and Nazar). Nazar was one of Erik's students in L'viv and is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas.
By Herron family tradition, Erik reads a presidential proclamation in lieu of grace prior to dinner; this year's proclamation was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1933 Thanksgiving greeting to the American people. We dined on standard and non-standard holiday cuisine: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, squash, broccoli, daikon salad, and kim chi, followed by apple and pumpkin pies.
Carter was a helpful sous chef and enthusiastic consumer of turkey. In addition to the standard meal, he had second, third, and fourth helpings of turkey after dessert. He also entertained all of the guests with his special version of hide-and-seek.
As Erik's father, Thomas, reminds us: "we have a lot to be thankful for." Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!