Apparently, Troy is thankful for . . . GOD.
Complete with a drawing of the Holy Ghost in the sky.
After looking at it for several seconds with my mouth hanging open, I gently put it in the drawer with all his other drawings. A few weeks later, in front of the local Church's nativity scene, I gave Troy a little intro to Christianity. He didn't seem overly interested, and I felt my duty satisfied for the time being.
Today when I came home from work no one was home because the guys were at the bonfire where the town burns all the Christmas trees (which in itself is becoming an odd sort of community ritual). There, on the dining room table among the notices and other papers from school, I saw "My New Year's Resolution is ____." Curious, I pulled it out. Imagine my relief when I read:
"My New Year's Resolution: veleo gemks." Teacher's translation written below it: "to get better at video games."
PHEW! (I like how accurately he has tried to draw the TV on top of the cabinet, and that its main feature is the keyhole that locks the door where we keep the DVDs and videogame.)