The piece Amanda wrote yesterday evening while we we blogging in her living room….
Thrilled to be part of the Fulbright community here in Ireland, I accepted the invitation to Thanksgiving dinner in Galway and hopped on a train headed west. I saw the event as a chance to see Amanda Bernhard and Jonathan Kennedy (who are studying at the University of Galway) and reunite with the always-interesting Fulbright community.
The banquet hall at the University is a truly amazing space! The event felt a bit like being in the movies.
Dinner was delicious: ham and turkey with dressing, root vegetables, potato au gratin, cranberry sauce, and pecan pie! A real American feast.
At the end of the meal Amanda and Jonathan played a piece, their Irish teacher and mentor sang a song in Irish, and Jimmy O’Brien Moran gave us a tune using Jon’s uilleann pipes. It’s amazing the talent these Fulbright have!
At the end of the meal Amanda and Jonathan played a piece, Lillis Ó Laoire (their Irish teacher and mentor sang a song in Irish), and Jimmy O’Brien Moran gave us a tune using Jon’s uilleann pipes. It’s amazing the talent these Fulbright have!
I’ve heard people muse that perhaps Ireland should become the 51st State. Although Puerto Rico has beaten Ireland to the punch in requesting that position, I sometimes feel that Irish values are so close to our own that perhaps they effectively did become a state some time ago. Perhaps they actually came in about 35th?
Here’s to memories of giving Thanks long, long ago.
In the photo below my dad, my younger/only sister Heather, and I were admiring the glory of a wise, old, wild turkey. Heather couldn’t bear to eat fellows like him, and became vegetarian by the age of 15. See the genuine respect she has for him? Remarkable, really!
She posted this photo on Facebook last night — to celebrate Thanksgiving — and I thought I’d pass it along so you can see a fall day in Virginia in the late 70s with two young kids in awe of the natural world.