Memories of Thanksgiving Past

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. 2021 marks a significant turn as we’re slowly coming out of a pandemic, albeit still riding through bumps and waves, currently the fourth one for us. Amidst the collective chaos and discontent, I still have much to be thankful for, learning to count my blessings despite what we’ve gone through.

However, I admit I’m in a nostalgic mode. I check back to my previous posts and revisit some experiences of my Thanksgiving Past.

Thanksgiving 2017

I just came back from New York City attending the NYFF. While the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center was the venue, I’d the chance of visiting many places that were unforgettable for me. Like, Central Park:

Monet’s Water Lilies at MoMA:

And Luke’s lobster roll by Brooklyn Bridge:

Thanksgiving 2016

The end of a 5-day escapade to London where I’d bagged loads of fond memories. While the streets of Cambridge were like a ready movie set,

this one was the actual setting… a dejected William (Hugh Grant) walking through the four seasons in Notting Hill’s Portobello Market, to the sad tune of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine when She’s Gone’:

and the blue door where his fame-crazed flatmate Spike (Rhys Ifans) opens to a crowd of paparazzi, in his just-out-of-bed attire:

Thanksgiving 2015

Around that time I was driving through New England where many indelible images had lodged in my mind. Along the country roads of New Hampshire, it was a bit early to see red. The primary colour appeared to be orange:

Thanksgiving 2012

As I scrolled through past photos, it’s this orange that seized and brought me back to Thanksgiving Present. On Thanksgiving Day, 2012, I was at Iona Beach, Richmond, B.C. These lines and image are from my post then:

And finally, I saw the sun slide down the distant sky. What a sight to wrap up Thanksgiving. If anything’s common… it’s Common Grace:

Iona Beach in Richmond, B.C., on Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 8, 2012

To all my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!

To my neighbours to the south, early Thanksgiving greetings!


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

13 thoughts on “Memories of Thanksgiving Past”

  1. Arti,

    Beautiful photos and treasured memories of Thanksgiving Past.

    Wishing you and yours a blessed, healthy and memorable Thanksgiving present!


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  2. That last photo is utterly gorgeous! And so many other memories: we all have them, and the holidays do seem to bring them to the surface, even absent the pandemic. I hope your celebrations were satisfying, Arti. I’m away from home for a couple of days, but when I come back I’ll be posting a bit of entirely good news in both my blogs: news that in its own way validates some of the conclusions we’ve come to about the virtues of slow blogging and my own convictions about the need to be utterly entangled in social media!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    1. Funny that most of the time I’d been away for Thanksgiving! All because, I think, Sept./Oct. are good months to travel… well, before Covid that is.


  3. I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely, and I enjoyed this look back. That Äin’t no Sunshine” scene is one of my all time fave movie scenes — any movie, any time. It’s so well pulled together. And smiles with the blue door! What great pumpkins too — and oh, you’re so right. Common grace.


    1. You know, we’re not into turkey that much… but I do love ham. Here too we’re having a fourth wave of Covid, restrictions in place, so, no celebrations but just enjoy quiet time at home. 🙂


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