Thanksgiving last Thursday was for us, as for so many, a shadow of celebrations past. But it was still lovely and meaningful, in its own way. Our eldest daughter, who also lives here in Massachusetts, was able to join us, even as our youngest had to stay at home out-of-state. Still, we enjoyed an extended family Zoom and watching a movie together-while-apart in the evening. No substitute for in-person, but I’m grateful that we all stayed safe. I cooked a vegetarian, gluten-free feast, with sous chef assistance from our daughter, including this excellent recipe from The New York Times for “Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese,” which I highly recommend.
The Times on Thanksgiving also featured a wonderful compilation of reader contributions of six-word gratitudes. Here are ten of my own:
COVID-19 vaccines: Light at tunnel’s end.
All still Corona-free. Knock on wood.
Okay, otherwise, with no digital infections.
Supermarket cashiers risking health for us.
Ample food. Loving family. Roof overhead.
Longer days in just three weeks.
Virtual, imperfect, but meaningful Zoom togetherness.
Good neighbors who wave behind masks.
Local election officials who defend democracy.
You, Dear Reader, for being here.
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