“For my part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen representative of our country: he is a bird of bad moral character…For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird withal, a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey is peculiar to ours:…he is besides (though a little vain and silly, it is true) a bird of courage who would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guard who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on.”
Ole Ben did some smart things, but this opinion, (in my opinion) wasn’t one of them. But, worth a chuckle.
“Thanksgiving Day”, from Lydia Marie Child
“Over the river and through the wood,
Now grandmother’s cap I spy,
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”
And, from William Dean Howells, 1837 -1920
“Thanksgiving day, I fear,
If one the solemn truth must touch,
Is celebrated, not so much
To thank the Lord for blessings o’er,
As for the sake of getting more!”
Hey, I think that describes a bunch of us as we load up our overburdened plates!
But my favorite I think is this one from “Mr. Dooley’s Opinions ” written in 1900. Presented by Finley Peter Dunne.
Now that’s a thought to mull.