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Thanksgiving Day is observed annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November.
In recent years I have turkey dinner at my friend's house. Her husband is American, and he never misses annual festivals of his country for his children living in Japan. I visited the family yesterday and had the dinner.
I have a memory about the event.
When I was in my early twenties, I stayed in an American family in Washington State with my best friend in early November. The family arranged traditional turkey dinner for us.
I was really hungry in the morning of the day subsequent to our arrival. I knew that we would have the thanksgiving dinner that day, but I had a full American breakfast around ten o'clock because I thought we would have “the dinner” in the evening.
To my surprise, the dinner (a big turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and a pumpkin pie) started from noon….
I was full. I was completely full, but I forced myself to eat because they wanted us to have traditional dinner. I had no choice.
That was a good meal.
But sadly, I have a sensitive stomach.
The dinner, of course, caused a stomach disorder, and I suffered from a stomachache for the next week.
That is a happy remembrance, and a roasted turkey reminds me of the stomachache even now.