As I enter the Ballroom today, Lady B lifts her lorgnette, tilts her head, and gives me a good looking over. “Why, Miss Dare. It is you. You have been scarce of late.”
“Yes, Lady B,” I admit regretfully. “It’s true, I have.”
“And you look more than a bit harried.” She peers closer. “Is this dust on your sleeve, or flour?
I brush my sleeve. “Er…it may be a bit of both. I’ve been doing quite a bit of cleaning these past few days, and some cooking, too. We’ll be expecting houseguests soon at Dare Manor.” (Because if I can’t call it ‘Dare Manor’ anywhere else, I can call it that here.)
“Ah, yes. I’d forgotten. It’s fast approaching that time of year when all my authoresses go mad with preparations for that colonial harvest celebration. The one with the pies.”
Albert squawks, “Gobble, gobble!”
“You mean Thanksgiving, Lady B?”
“I believe I do.”
“You’re right, Lady B. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But that’s not the main reason I’m preparing the house for family. Or…maybe it is, in a way.”
Lady B sighs. “Miss Dare. Please do speak sense.”
“Sorry! I’ll try. You see, Mr. Dare’s family members recently weathered a particularly violent storm in the Philippines. As anyone who read my post on November 9th will know, the storm caused catastrophic loss and damage in his hometown, and throughout large parts of that country.”
“Oh, dear. So tragic.”
“Extremely so. But we are so fortunate that Mr. Dare’s family did weather the storm, and Mr. Dare is in the Philippines as we speak, helping them mend what remains of the family home–and when he comes home, he’ll be bringing some of the family with him. They should arrive, appropriately enough, just in time for Thanksgiving.”
“Aha. Your dusty, disheveled state begins to make a bit more sense, Miss Dare.”
“Yes, this Thanksgiving will be particularly meaningful to the Dare family–turkeys and pies notwithstanding. And if you’ll be so patient as to excuse me, Lady B… I have more tidying to do!”
But before I dash… Ballroom friends, after my post a few Saturdays ago, I’m very thankful for all the kind outpouring of concern, support, prayers, and donations you offered not only to our family, but to all those affected by typhoon Haiyan.
Please continue, as you’re able. We are so grateful that we did not lose any immediate family members, and that Mr. Dare’s family will have the resources to rebuild in time. However, so many of their friends, neighbors, and compatriots were less fortunate. The storm may be over, but recovery in the central Philippines is just beginning. People in affected areas will continue to need aid for the months and years to come.
I wish I had some photos from Mr. Dare to show you, but where he’s at right now, he can only call home via satellite phone – no internet connection or cell phone signal. Maybe in a few weeks.
What are you particularly thankful for this year? Will you be expecting houseguests? Trying any new holiday recipes?