Thursday, November 28, 2019

But Thanks, and Thanks and Ever Thanks

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Happy Thanksgiving! Let the feast begin: I suppose you’ll be enjoying your racist, white supremacist turkey.


Served up with a heaping side dish of white privilege,


leaving the less desirable, gnarly potatoes for the Native Americans.


What a shame; on that first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims and Indians gathered together to share a feast and to give thanks for their blessings which included a bountiful harvest. Now we can’t even play football together without bickering.

So wherever you are today gather to give thanks and share whatever food has become your family Thanksgiving tradition. I know people whose traditional holiday spreads include “side” dishes of lasagna, sauerkraut, pirogues, lobster, tamales, shrimp etouffee, falafel, fried rice, latkes and curries. In America’s melting pot just about anything can be combined with the standard turkey and dressing. Except oysters.

Oh I know - I can hear some of you now - fine, go ahead and toss some of those slimy mollusks into your dressing if you must. But please, also prepare another non-slimy dressing that’s more amenable to gravy. And aside from the abomination of oyster dressing, NO OYSTERS!

Sergey the Siberian concurs:

siberian at his first oyster dinner“Oysters? Nyet. If you don’t have caviar I’ll just have a drumstick.”

May you all have a blessed day. Enjoy all the food, friends, family – furry and otherwise – that make it special. I leave you with this comment, left by Janice the Elder (RIP) on Thanksgiving of 2012:

Sometimes Shakespeare says it best, and then I can add no other words:

O Lord, that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!

- King Henry VI

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks.

- Twelfth Night

Raj and I are about to embark on trip #1 of the weekend to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and watch the Lions lose. I won’t be checking in until much later so everyone be safe out there!