We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Whirling turkeys

Today is Thanksgiving, or, as we irreverently say in the States, Turkey Day.

We spent Thanksgiving eve not driving several hours on crowded interstates to visit cousins as is the American tradition, but instead watching some traditional Egyptian dancing. The real Sufi Dancers and Whirling Dervishes are actually in the midst of a religious celebration when they spin in circles.

Fake Sufi Dancers wear incredibly colorful skirts, almost like tapestries, and twirl for pay. And it is incredible. The dancer we saw spun himself, continuously, for over 15 minutes. Without falling or throwing up or anything. He even smiled much of the time.

So that was a great way to spend a non-traveling Thanksgiving Eve.

The boys have been learning all about Thanksgiving at school. Bug cheerfully informed us there were people on a boat and they wanted to eat. Also, turkeys were involved. And Indians.

Giggle’s more sophisticated understanding extends to Pilgrims and Indians.

I told the boys, “Call them Native Americans.” Bug said, “No, the Indian didn’t have a name.”

I finally convinced the boys to use the term “First Americans.” For at least five minutes

We’re enjoying a quiet morning at home–watching not the Macy’s Parade but Kung Fu Panda–and will spend the afternoon and evening enjoying dinner with friends, as is the expat way.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.


27 November 2008 - Posted by | bug, giggle, holidays, our life in egypt


  1. In Canada we use the term “First Peoples.” Or at least that was the PC term a few years ago, who knows what it is today.

    Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    Comment by Typ0 | 27 November 2008

  2. Many prefer Indian to NA, and many simply like to be ID’ed by tribe instead, rejecting the term “American.” Some are okay with any of them; I use them all. I’ve always thought First Peoples or First Nations is very thoughtful. First Americans is nice, if technically inaccurate.

    Comment by J | 27 November 2008

  3. first americans is a great name. thanks for the idea. we also celebrated thanksgiving by watching kung fu panda– good to know its an international trend. happy thanksgiving!

    Comment by Sarah Ryan | 28 November 2008

  4. J, thanks for your input and suggestions. Do you know what tribe would have been in Plymouth when the Mayflower arrived? I should look that up.

    Sarah: ha, yeah, Kung Fu Panda is very international. 🙂

    Comment by Ms. Four | 28 November 2008

  5. Here’s a helpful Wikipedia entry on what they call the “Native American name controversy.”

    Comment by Ms. Four | 28 November 2008

  6. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner!

    Comment by Jennifer | 29 November 2008

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