Mary woke up good and early this morning and started making dozens of chocolate chip cookies. Tonight we will join with fifty or sixty other ex-pats for a big turkey dinner in San Jacinto hosted again by our friends, Marshall and Patricia. Mary is helping with some items for dessert.
So, I woke up to the sound of rooster calls and the sweet aroma of baking, opened the window to let in the refreshing 70 degree breezes, and came down to greet another day here in San Clemente, Ecuador.
Some days I can hardly believe how blessed we are to be living here, but this day in particular I took a few minutes to record some thoughts in prose as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day along with our friends and family in the United States.
We who live here in Ecuador
Have much we should be grateful for
While folks up north face snow in drifts
We concern ourselves over SPF
They’re defrosting food and opening cans
And we buy ours fresh at roadside stands
Our neighbors greets us with a smiling face
While theirs are too busy in life’s rat-race
The pace of life up north builds stress
While we’re surrounded with happiness
So, as we stop to count our blessings anew
At the top of our list there stand a few
Like Fremi who calls me, “Amigo, John!”
And others who just shout, “Hola, Yon!”
The folks we meet both women and men
Who wait on us with a sweet, “A la orden!”
The smiling children who talk to us on the bus
Indeed, all of the people for accepting us
And letting us grow old in this beautiful place
So abundantly blessed with our God’s grace
We join this day to thank our God above
For the amazing gift of His Gracious Love
For sending His Son to teach us all the way
For us to live until He returns one day
When He will lead us all home again
To live in His presence as perfected men.
But until that day, we say once more,
“Happy Thanksgiving to all, from Ecuador!”
John C. Macdonald, Sr.
November 28, 2013