American Thanksgiving - A Bad Day to be a Turkey

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - By: Damien B, Privett ‘21

Although Canadian Thanksgiving is an incredible experience for everyone at Brentwood, American Thanksgiving holds a special place in the hearts of the patriotic Americans the school welcomes. Through joyous feasting and celebration, as well as the unwavering dedication of the food services staff, Crooks Hall was filled to the brim with glee.

Once again, due to Covid-19, the student body was divided into two groups, one eating after the other. Despite the unfortunate but necessary mitigation strategies the school used, the campus atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

Earlier, during assembly, we were wholesomely reminded of the many things we can be thankful for by none other than Mr Patel. His way with words paved the way for a positive attitude during the sports activities and carried into the fantastic dinner. Mr Patel kindly noted that “The key for any family… is commitment and trust, and these elements in a family are tested every day, all the time. As always, this week reminded me: it starts in the house, and that’s the backbone of our family… the family within the family.” I am confident next year will be just as, if not more, memorable.

The dishes, of course, were as delicious as always. The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, assorted greens, and pumpkin pie all came together to astound our pallets once more. A noticeably large number of students went back for seconds.

In addition to the dishes, there were some awe-inspiring vocal performances from the staff during dinner. Mr Doehler gave a refreshing and robust rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” invoking a wave of patriotism from the American students. Mr McGill instrumentally accompanied Mr Rodrigues singing “Autumn Leaves,” eliciting cries of “Let’s go RJ!” from Privett House. Mr McGill and Ms Bryant then, in a duet, sang “Shallows” and left the student body with their mouths agape in wonder. After a standing ovation, the students returned to their dormitories full of good food and kind sentiment.

Damien B, Privett ‘21

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