This is the holiday that makes me the most homesick. And it probably doesn’t help that this year Scotty’s been away for 11 days and I’ve been sick. But he get’s back this morning – I’ve been tracking his flight and it’s safely landed and here’s to hoping he has no visa trouble at customs. I can’t wait to see him!
And that anticipation is mediating the melancholy I feel at not being at home with my family on this, my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It’s sort of sad to be in a country that doesn’t set aside a day in which families travel unending miles to be together and give thanks. This holiday is where the Bergs are in their element. From full-blown pilgrim play productions when I was younger, to fantastic Babette’s Feast style dinner productions there is always a bit of frenetic energy in the air. People are coming and going, extra tables are set up, napkins are ironed, groceries are piled high. Great cooking smells fill the air. Solomon never fails to create a beautiful “tablescape”. Tatiana and Katie are so thrilled that everyone is back in town and they can usually be found playing with one of the nephews. Hilary is a beautiful mother and it’s so fun to watch her with her boys. Pop just looks happy. Mom loves the activity. Josh keeps people laughing. My family is a family of talkers so there are always a dozen different conversations taking place at the same time, each weaving into another. As the family has grown, new faces are added each year – first Scotty, than Jimmy, next Ashton. This is Grace’s first thanksgiving as a Berg! And it’s Brick’s first, if you don’t count last year when he was making pregnant Hilary sick. Lovely Becca will be there for her second Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for each and every one of these “new” people. They’re each so uniquely wonderful and interesting and talented. They add balance, humor, perspective, sound (especially Ashton!), and joy. Every new person brings out an added element in everyone else’s personality and the richness of personalities is increasingly abundant. Of course, there are moments of drama and misunderstanding, but that’s family and we talk through it and apologize and forgive.
So to everyone, a happy Thanksgiving – may you spend it with those you love. And for your entertainment, here’s a photo from one of those long-ago pilgrim plays.