Thanksgiving in Fort Portal (Part II)
Jeff Cash is my mom’s first cousin. I have heard numerous Cash family discussions about what that makes Jeff’s relationship to me. It’s either first-cousin-once-removed or second cousin…I’m not sure if I have ever heard a definitive answer. It doesn’t really matter though. In practice the Cash clan disregards conventional family labels. Jeff and Cheryl welcomed us warmly and it was easy to forget that we actually belong to different generations.
In my experience, the hospitality of African missionaries cannot be rivaled. It might have something to do with the vivid contrast between managing the details of daily life and having them managed for you in a place where every hour brings up a unique detail. Or it might be that I just really like the ubiquitous little bottles of Bath and Body Works lotion. Whichever it is, we couldn’t have picked a better place to spend our Thanksgiving holiday. Cheryl and Amiee Jo put together a wonderful Thanksgiving feast on Friday night, complete with every traditional luxury from turkey (difficult to find around here) to green bean casserole (yay for crispy onions being put in the Cash’s container) and pumpkin pie. We donated a can of cranberry sauce and a can of mandarin oranges (won by us at a recent Kigali game night) to complete the indulgence. We even got to watch the Thanksgiving day Texas/Texas A&M game on their satellite tv.
There is just something to be said for spending holidays with family. I can’t say that enough. Thank you Jeff, Cheryl, Kinley, Alex, Isaac and Silas for letting us make your lives crazy for two days. Thanks for the food and the television and the much needed conversation. We’ll be back! 🙂