Friday, November 24, 2006
Thanksgiving 2006 was a special day for our family. Claire (3 weeks old today) crossed state lines for the first time, and she met her great-grandparents (who went to extra effort to get to Dubuque, since Great-Grandpa's accident a couple of months ago). That made it possible for a memorable four-generation photo. Claire also met Aunt Ellen and Uncle Greg, who are home on college break, for the first time.
And, for the past decade, no Thanksgiving in the Cooper family is complete without entries in the Turkey Trot. Our numbers were down significantly this year, with only Madame X (above) and Greg competing. Ellen was still not 100 percent after a minor traffic accident on Saturday, and yours truly is resting a bum left knee. Claire's parents also sat this one out (though we're not sure about her Dad's excuse!).
Another highlight of the day was receiving a phone call from our Thai friend Chai, who happens to be in the US on a journalist's tour. He was in San Francisco, and not close enough to join us for Thanksgiving. However, it was great to speak with him and catch up on family events.
It sounds cliche, I know, but it's true: We have many reasons to give thanks.