Let’s Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving in an Atlanta Hostel

Apologies for the pun.

This Thanksgiving was my first homeless and family-less Thanksgiving.  It was also my most multicultural.  A mini-family has formed here at the hostel, and around 3:00 PM Thanksgiving day, we began preparing a feast.  The effort was spearheaded by Michael, a middle-aged black man from Florida, and Ben, who works here at the hostel.  I backed them up, along with Sofie, a fellow from Tunisia who will join me when I head down to Savannah (my next stop!), and T, a Japanese guy spending a semester in South Carolina.  At dinner, we were joined by a Canadian and a Dutchmen.   Many first Thanksgivings in the group.  Very memorable.

Thanksgiving lesson: when the meal begins we say our thanks for family and friends.  By the time it ends, we remember our priorities: stuffing, and turkey, and pie. Oy.  Thanks.


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