One week from tomorrow most of my family will gather together for Thanksgiving. Half a world away, I will be working at the hospital and missing, but thinking gratefully of, them all. We've scheduled our own holiday dinner (chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, sukuma wiki/greens, baked pumpkin and mango pie) for Sunday, four days ahead of America's. The Pilgrims never landed on Kenya's shores, of course, but the authorities here seem to routinely invent new national holidays. The Hardisons and I decided we could be just as arbitrary and moved Thanksgiving up a few days to suit our patients' (OK, and our own) needs.
So Happy Holidays, Everyone! In spite of pain and poverty, illness and anxiety, we have much to be thankful for, the world over. I am especially grateful for your love and your prayers, and so are the people of Maseno. There truly is a sweet, sweet spirit in this place. We feel blessed to be able share it, and we send our love and prayers to you, as well. Asante sana.