Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey (?) Day

Some hae meat and canna eat, -
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
~Robert Burns

The celebration of harvest has evolved into a celebration of something else, and everything about food- good, better, best. As my dietary preferences change, I'm not particularly experimental about food or tolerant of people who wag their fingers in my face at my food choices.

Wryly I wonder, if Thanksgiving is such a politically correct celebration in terms of its food. Look at the greater furore it raised this year about turkeys. Turkeys! They're the staple of any Thanksgiving dinner, and for Christmas. And well, I used to prefer turkey ham over pork ham.

My not-in-lala-land aunts are trying to be funny. They have gone out to the markets, bought 'eating' geese (not the ornamental ones) and are raising and fattening them for the Christmas meals instead of turkey. The aunts on the other side of the Atlantic have followed suit and served up geese for Thanksgiving tonight. It's very disconcerting to see your food walk around before it's dead. I fail to see how that can be more exciting than buying a dead turkey at the market. Oh well. I'm not about to waste Skype credits arguing with them or watch their geese flap their wings.

Then, as I'm going through emails now, it's quite another thing see almost real-time photos gleefully sent by the Aunts of their Thanksgiving bird (the geese/goose) roasting in the ovens now. Very disturbing. All done in between running commentary bitching about the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade that's underway.

Happy Thanksgiving, silly people. Remember to dish out blessings to those who need it more than you do.


tuti said...

i had a mental just now of the geese (goose?) walking around, and the aunts looking on gleefully.
i felt bad laughing.

sinlady said...

i am too much of an urbanite to appreciate raising own food (or fattening up the creature) for slaughter.

Dawn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too :)

imp said...

tuti: hahahaha. it can be quite funny.

sinlady: apparently it's supposed to be ummm...FUN.

Dawn: Happy Thanksgiving to ya!