Kay: It’s Time for the Bird!

This week we’ve been talking about what we’re grateful for, and one of the things I’m grateful for is that I can still laugh. As Elizabeth mentioned yesterday, humor can help us get through some dark times.

As a writer, the week’s theme had me think about POV. How would a turkey approach this fall festival feast? Of course, s/he’d be grateful if s/he had made it this far. But perhaps our bird would also be also proactive.

I had never thought of turkeys as being particularly bloodthirsty—that is, until news reports starting popping up about Gerald, the ferocious turkey that had taken over a park in the city where I live. I had a personal connection to this story because a good friend is a volunteer there, tending the roses, and one day she had to beat the bird off with a big stick when it attacked her. Other people did, too, because if you didn’t protect yourself, Gerald would draw blood. 

Sometimes though, maybe, if you’re a turkey, you have to.

In any event, this year I’m celebrating the holiday outdoors on a patio with three friends socially distanced. It won’t be terribly warm outside, but the day promises sunshine, and we’ve got a patio heater to keep us warm. The hostess is supplying her family tradition for the entree, which is crab cakes, and I ordered a more traditional meal (yes, sorry, turkeys) for myself on Friday. We’ll have a good time and, I hope, be reasonably safe.

I had so much fun looking up these cartoons that I’m adding two more that made me laugh out loud, even though they’re not related to the turkey theme. I love Maxine (so topical! Although I added an edit), and right now, I think we can all benefit from the wisdom of The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Wherever you live and however you’re marking the day—or not marking it at all—best wishes from the Eight Ladies!

7 thoughts on “Kay: It’s Time for the Bird!

    • I’m looking forward to the crab cakes, I must say. As long as we’re breaking tradition for this holiday, might as well go whole hog, so to speak. Something to look forward to! And happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! And best wishes for the crab cakes.

  1. Ooh, crab cakes! Outdoor dining, with patio heater! Socially-distanced, real-life friends! It sounds wonderful.

    Hope you, the other Ladies, and all who are celebrating today have a very happy day 🙂

  2. We’re all looking forward to the festivities, and I have to say that discussing the menu, who’s bringing what, the time, the dishware—all of it seems so *normal* that it’s a shot of happiness even just to be planning it.

    I know you guys in the UK don’t have Thanksgiving (for which, my sincerest condolences), but I’m thinking maybe you want to start a “Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us”? I didn’t watch Seinfeld when it was on, but George’s father created it as an alternative to Christmas. Who says one couldn’t do it for Thanksgiving?

  3. You’re right, Kay, when you said discussing the menu and whatnot felt so “normal.” Getting out the favorite recipes and going through the familiar motions (albeit with social distancing) of cooking and serving made it possible to “almost” forget the pandemic for a little bit.

    Hope your Thanksgiving crab cakes were delicious. We went with a rotisserie chicken instead of turkey since last year we realized that we don’t particularly like turkey. We have plenty of wild turkeys that roam the neighborhood here like a gang of feathered misfits. Periodically they are startled into flight and land like a ton of bricks up on the roof. I’m not sure how they’d approach this holiday, but “clueless” is the word that first comes to mind.

    • Those wild turkeys are not exactly graceful flyers! I hope they don’t do your roof any damage when they land up there. They’re not exactly flyweights, either.

      Rotisserie chicken sounds like a great option. The crab cakes were delish—actually, our whole meal was pretty good—and we had a nice time sitting outside. All in all, a very good Thanksgiving, for which I’m thankful. 🙂

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