We all consider a Turkey to be a large gallinaceous bird that is of wide range in North America. However –Turkey also is a country in western Asia and southeastern Europe. Turkey, as well is confused with the guinea fowl, supposed to be imported from Turkish territory in 1555. Turkey is also a theatrical expression to mean a theatrical production that has failed. It is three successive strikes in bowling, and is an expression used to indicate that a person is foolish, stupid or inept.
Turkey is used in terms such as turkey-cock (the gobbler or a person who is pompous), Turkey-red (red iron oxide used as a pigment), turkey shoot (a marksmanship contest using a moving target with a turkey offered as a prize), turkey trot (a ragtime danced with the feet well apart and with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot followed by a drop upon the heel), and finally – turkey vulture, here in the southern US known as a turkey buzzard.
The American turkey has become domesticated in most parts of the world. I like to remember it as the gift the Indians (native to America), gave to the pilgrims along with a lot of other foods when the pilgrims – new to America – were nearing starvation before the winter storms were to come upon them. It was a feast to be remembered as THANKSGIVING. God had answered the pilgrims prayers. Everyone gave thanks to God for the bounteous meal that was eagerly enjoyed by all.
May we put our prejudices aside on this special occasion, and do the same. May our hearts be filled with Thanks and Giving! “THANKSGIVING isn’t about what is on the table, but the people seated around it.” (anonymous)
I WISH A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY FAMILY AND ALL OF MY READERS, WHO FEEL LIKE FAMILY! MAY GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL!