THANKSGIVING….

My doctor is a Conservative….He met the mother of one of his daughters’ friends at a Scout meeting….He asked what her family was doing for Thanksgiving:

“OH, we don’t celebrate this holiday because of what America’s done to the indigenous people!”

He knew I’d like that, knowing my politics and how crazy this was…..I wish we could say “AMAZING!” but it’s not…people really do not get it.

SO, I offer up what I often do this Thanksgiving…The story of SQUANTO:

“Tisquantum (/tɪsˈkwɒntəm/c. 1585 (±10 years?) – late November 1622 O.S.), more commonly known as Squanto (/ˈskwɒnt/), was a member of the Patuxet tribe best known for being an early liaison between the Native American population in Southern New England and the Mayflower Pilgrims who made their settlement at the site of Tisquantum’s former summer village. The Patuxet tribe had lived on the western coast of Cape Cod Bay, but they were wiped out by an epidemic infection, likely brought by previous European explorers.

Tisquantum was kidnapped by English explorer Thomas Hunt who trafficked him to Spain, where he sold him in the city of Málaga. He was among a number of captives bought by local monks who focused on their education and evangelization. Tisquantum eventually traveled to England, where he may have met Pocahontas, a Native American from Virginia, in 1616–1617.[1] He then returned to America in 1619 to his native village, only to find that his tribe had been wiped out by an epidemic infection; Tisquantum was the last of the Patuxets, and went to live with the Wampanoags.

The Mayflower landed in Cape Cod Bay in 1620, and Tisquantum worked to broker peaceable relations between the Pilgrims and the local Pokanokets. He played a key role in the early meetings in March 1621, partly because he spoke English. He then lived with the Pilgrims for 20 months, acting as an interpreter, guide, and advisor. He introduced the settlers to the fur trade and taught them how to sow and fertilize native crops; this proved vital, because the seeds which the Pilgrims had brought from England mostly failed.”

Z: How many natives, back in those very early years, were kidnapped…learned English….got back to America, and could teach the settlers how to start America?     To me, that’s a “GOD THING”.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL………..I’m a HUGE foodie and this Thanksgiving won’t reflect that for me because of circumstances, so if anybody has anything utterly fabulously delicious, let me know!!!

God bless you all…..I’M GRATEFUL FOR EACH OF YOU.   

Except Mustang.  HAHA!!

Love, Z

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15 Responses to THANKSGIVING….

  1. bunkerville says:

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving… Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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  2. ACUCHUCK says:

    I ordered a feast from Honey Baked Hams. It was to be delivered on Tuesday, the 21st. Well, when I still didn’t receive it yesterday, the 23rd, I called Honey Baked to find out what happened to my order. I asked, the very polite lady, on the phone why no order? I know I ordered it and there should be a record of it.
    She agreed, I had ordered it, it was scheduled to show up ON DECEMBER 21ST!!
    I just about fell over. Apparently I checked the delivery date box on the month of December, not November. What an Idiot I am. I still can’t read or follow instructions.
    All I could do is laugh with the phone agent and wish her a happy Turkey Day, knowing, I had an order just, in time for Christmas, already set and paid for.
    Also being a Foodie as you put it, I’ll miss the special day feast, I was looking forward to, but, I did plan ahead a little. I have a gorgeous Pumpkin Pie and whipped cream waiting in the fridge. But don’t worry, I won’t starve.
    Hot dogs and Pumpkin Pie, my mouth is watering already.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE—Chuck

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  3. Warren is doing all the cooking here: roast turkey breast, gravy, dressing, pasta salad, and more for the seven family members coming to dinner; one of those family members is Warren’s brother, whom I’ve never met.

    I’m not a hand in the kitchen. Oh, well. I have other skills. For example, I can do set up and clean up!

    I am also the designated dog sitter.

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  4. PS: Warren’s son is bringing a smoked turkey. So many smokehouses here in southern Indiana!

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  5. peter3nj says:

    In other news my granddaughter Emmy turned four months old yesterday and this morning she ate her first solid food-cereal not turkey. And performing my duties as the family resident diabetic I made the sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows this morning. (I’ll try not to cheat) Wishing a happy day to all.

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  6. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL HERE AT Z’S BLOG!

    In spite of “it all,” we have much to be thankful for!

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    BOCOPRO…thank you!

    CHUCK: You just showed your personality better than you could have had you been asked to. I LOVE how you handled that…positive about the December meal being taken care of…and I LOVE HOT DOGS so why not pair them with pumpkin pie and whipped cream afterwards!?
    God bless you, CHuck. Your comment made my day! 🙂 I’m glad I ‘know’ you.

    AOW….GOOD ON WARREN!! And how wonderful to finally meet his brother! You know I have a soft spot for Warren…and YOU, after all these years of blogging….and we’ve even chatted a few times AND I’ve been on your radio show twice! Such fun!

    PETER! Happy Day to you and little Emmy! SO cute!!! And yes, don’t cheat…we love you and want you around 🙂

    FOR A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO’VE NEVER REALLY MET, WE DO KNOW EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE KNOW OUR VALUES, OUR LOVE OF COUNTRY, OUR FAITH, OUR PERSONALITIES….THROUGH OUR COMMENTS HERE.

    WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH FABULOUS PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES…EVEN IF IT’S JUST ON PAPER!

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL…I REALLY AM SO SO THANKFUL FOR YOU ALL!

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  8. kidme37 says:

    I hope all of you are having a great day ! 🙂

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  9. -FJ says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Geeez fans! Our scheduled whale beaching is at 6pm EST tonight… so please allow us to wallow for 2-3 hours on the beach before pushing us back into the Ocean or we’ll likely drown. 😉

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  10. MAL says:

    We had planned on attending Turkey Day at some local friend’s home again this year but instead, will be dining at the local hospital where Joni has been since early Tues. a.m. Despite her telling me to attend, I said I will order an extra dinner there at the hospital so we could be together. Of course, she was happy I will stay. Hey! In a little over a month (Jan. 8th) we’ll be celebrating our 69th anniversary! To the same broad, too! How could I NOT stay?

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO Z & ALL HER BLOGGERS.

    (Yes. Even Mustang…….. and KID, too!)

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  11. Mustang says:

    If we all kept better track of our blessings and offered thanks to God for those, we’d have less time to bicker at one another. My best to all on Thanksgiving.

    ACUCHUCK … thank you for a good laugh. I thought things like that only happened to me.

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  12. kidme37 says:

    Happy Anniversary Mal and Joni ! Best wishes to Joni for an easy recovery.

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  13. Baysider says:

    I’m thankful for all of you. I’ve gotten more insight into how “gratitude” is beneficial from Stanford professor and neurobiology researcher Dr. Andrew Huberman. He notes that the most beneficial effects of gratitude come when you recall someone expressing gratitude to YOU for something you did in their lives. This is not to diminish gratitude for our blessings, just to highlight the kind of gratitude that most lights up the brain. So to all of you, here’s my gratitude for the interesting discussions and connection to sanity that you provide in my crazy Alice-in-Wonderland world.

    BTW I’ve read that the slave market in Malaga Spain was about the biggest on earth in its day. (Hard to verify. Try and web search it now. You’ll find tons of results for “Salaga” in Ghana but not the one that served the sugar plantations in the old world out of the remnant of the Al-Andalus Sultanate.)

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  14. geeez2014 says:

    KID: Thanks…hoping your day’s been nice xxx

    MUSTANG: You are so right…less TIME to bicker but, also, less DESIRE to bicker! You can’t really be unhappy and grateful at the same time, they say 🙂
    Happy day to you and Mrs. Mustang

    FJ…enjoy wallowing in your feast 🙂

    BAYSIDER, thanks for that gratitude info!
    Re Squanto and slave markets, it just seems like SO MANY coincidences! To ME, it’d be almost a coincidence in those days of early ships, no radar, no way of really knowing the weather ahead, no refrigeration with which to store food for long voyages (these were no VIKING CRUISES!)..to make it ONCE across the Atlantic let alone four times like Squanto did! And to be kidnapped to ENgland to learn English so he could teach those in America what they needed to know to survive, etc etc…Coincidence to land near his tribe, though to find them all dead….etc etc. Wonderful stuff.
    Carolyn today reminded me that Carol used to share the Squanto story; I barely remember that but figure I probably got it from her years ago and was THAT affected by it I’ve shared it nearly every Thanksgiving.

    AOW: We still DO have SO much to be thankful for…grateful for your reminder.

    MAL: My folks were married on the 8th of January, too. In 1950…..Hard to believe. I was born on January 9th; I won’t say what year 🙂
    Hint: I am the eldest !!!

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  15. MAL says:

    Z, you’re still a puppy! ;o)

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