“Kitchen Confidence 101”
By Sandra Reames,
Turkey the strongest bird around !
On Jan 26, 1784, Ben Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter, giving his thoughts about why the Turkey should be the symbol of our United States in stead of the Bald Eagle. Here is an excerpt of that letter.
Franklin's Letter to His Daughter
"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
"With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country...
"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."
Ben had been right on many many things but I think he may have missed the mark here, I think that the Turkey was going
to go to better highs than just beginning a symbol on a flag.
We make a lot of fun with the name Turkey, when we want to call someone a little un-savy we call them turkey.
We do radio shoot outs! To win Thanksgiving turkeys.
We poke fun at the bird and have all types of comical portraits.
He really looks degraded laying in a plastic bag with a hair net on, in the freezer of every grocery store around, being bid on for the lowest price of any other turkey in any other store in America.
But probably very little is know about this old bird.
The male is called a Tom and is usually the largest and the female a Hen, young are Poults and the flock is known as a Gobble or Rafter, that maybe more than you knew two minutes ago.
For Thanksgiving,we could have chosen other native animals to grace our table, such as:
Bears are strong, huge and well available at the first Thanksgiving.
Deer (venison), that is another beautiful animal and ready available.
Elk, buffalo, pumas, mountain lions, horse, squirrel, racoons, possums, fish, these could have all served a 100 dinners, easy.
All of these were as ready available as that silly looking Gobbler.
So, why would we choose him?
There is no great PR (promotion) for the Turkey, no turkey songs, no turkey legends, no real movies made about them being the hero, why are they the symbol of Thanksgiving??
Why is only the head of the household eligible to carve him?
Why is only the top chief of the family allowed to oversee his preparation?
Why do people travel for miles and sometimes days to “say grace” over him?
The Turkey is not only the symbol of Thanksgiving it is the bird that has the capability of bringing families together. Whether the family is 2 or 22, this bird knows how to do it.
If you think about it that is really the hardest trick of them all to bring in-laws and outlaws together and have them sit around the table for a few hours and remember good times, remember family that isn't with you any more and give Thanks for it all.
So for this Thanksgiving turn off the cell phones, computers and put down your work for a few hours just to sit and marvel at this old bird that has been bringing families together for 100's of years.
Even if you are having roast beef for Thanksgiving look around the turkey is still there. He is on your napkins or your plates or his intent is in your heart, as you share this family day, because that is what he does and he does it well!
When you take the family pictures, Tom or Tomacina should be in the center your photo, if they are not then those are not family photos.
So gather around the gobbler and smile! The turkey is proud to be there and you should be too!
Hunters, you can help this day continue and to keep these beautiful creatures in or mist.
Every once in a while, just for us, miss a shot!!!!!!
The Turkey has become a symbol of family.
Not of war, not or strength. He is a majestic bird and at the the same time humble. This is why I figure that the Turkey had a greater calling than being on the symbol of America. He is the symbol of family.
Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, white or black, citizen or alien, you are still invited to the table.
As the Saying goes!
We Wish you a
“Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Day”
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Sandra has been a professional cook and caterer for 15 years.
Scott is a radio professional for over 23 years.
Both in the Branson, MO area.
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