Hi, Chris. Are those pictures of your school friends?
Yeah. I took them last month.
Don’t put away the pictures. I want to see them. Oh, isn’t this your friend from Japan?
Uh, yeah. That’s Miki.
That’s a great photo. Look at your huge smile! Do you like her? You should -.
Oh! It’s nearly ten. There’s a meeting with the costume designer. I have to try on a new costume.
Ah, my guess was right.
Hi, Anna. Is that an interesting book?
Yeah. The author is a famous director. She started making movies before she was twenty. Her movies won many awards.
I’m sure you will do that too.
I hope so.
Well, I have to go to the library to check out another book.
You don’t have to clean up. I’ll take your tray. The library closes soon. You should hurry.
Ah! David is so kind to Anna. He really likes her
Can I talk to you right now?
Something is different these days Lewis Oh?
Last year I was busy with filming. Sometimes I was absent for many days at a time.
I know. This year you come to school several days a week.
Yes. Miki is here
You like her a lot, don’t you?
Does everyone know?
Maybe not. But I can tell.
You know, I never felt this way before.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.
It’s my favorite holiday because there is a lot of good food.
Are there any special ceremonies?
Not really. But the parade in New York City is a tradition. It is shown on TV. Families usually get together for a turkey dinner.
How about coming over next Friday? You can meet my cousins.
Friday? Sorry. I’m going hiking with Chris.
What? Just the two of you?
Uh… will you tell me more about Thanksgiving?
In 1620, a group of English people got to North America. They are called the Pilgrim Fathers. They had a hard time in the new place. The Native Americans taught them farming and hunting.
They were lucky!
Yes. After their first successful harvest, they had a big dinner and invited their new friends.
When was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?
In 1621. We know this because one Pilgrim wrote about it in his diary.
There is a big parade in the city on Thanksgiving Day.
Sarah talked about it today. She saw the parade last year. She said it was very cold and crowded.
Oh, I hate standing in the cold.
We can go and see the huge balloons before the parade. They are filled with air somewhere on the Upper West Side.
I like that idea.
I’ll check the time. Last year the event started two hours early. We don’t want to miss this special event.
What kind of dishes do you cook for Thanksgiving?
I roast a turkey. Daniel loves cranberry sauce, so I make a lot of it. I also try something new every year
Oh! Like what?
This year I will make stuffing with sausage. I will use herbs from our garden.
That sounds delicious. What about dessert?
I make pumpkin pie. Also, I bake banana bread for breakfast. My grandchildren stay with us for the whole weekend.
Will you take out nuts from the cupboard?
Here you go.
Thank you. Chop the nuts and put them in that small bowl.
Right. Now, mix the eggs, milk, sugar, and oil together. Then add the flour.
What about the bananas?
Mash them and add them to the mixture. Good! Stir everything together. Finally, add the nuts.
Can we put it in the oven now?
Yesterday I learned how to bake banana bread. On Saturday my neighbor will teach me how to make pumpkin pie.
You like cooking, don’t you?
Sure. Don’t you?
No, but I like eating.
I will make turkey soup with my mother on Friday. It’s a delicious way to use all the meat. Miki, come to my house and we can make it together.
Miki can’t go. She has a date with Chris and …
Oh. Then, that’s okay. You have other plans.
Mom and I finished baking the pies. We will take them to Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.
Which pie did you make?
Why do you ask?
I remember you once used salt instead of sugar in the pumpkin pie.
Don’t say that! It was a long time ago.
Just joking. So, which pie did you make?
This one. It is made from special apples. They are from Lewis’s uncle’s orchard.
Can I have a piece now?
No. You have to wait until Thursday.
Sarah said, “Mom and I finished baking the pies. We will take them to Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.”
So the answer is pies.
Could you tell me the way to the library?
The library? It’s very far. You have to go out Miki of the park and turn. (turn right, turn left)
Chris! You look so different with sunglasses and a hat. I didn’t recognize you!
Let’s take this path. There is a good view at the top of the hill. I brought sandwiches. We can eat them up there.
Good idea. After that, let’s hike down to the stream.
This land was given to the town by a rich man one hundred years ago. He loved nature and wanted to make a park for the people in town.
What a great man!
He also built the library.
It’s nice here. The yellow, red, and orange Miki leaves are colorful. They look like a painting.
Shall we walk to the end of the path?
Yes. There is a small waterfall there.
Careful! It’s slippery. Take my hand. Miki.