Thanksgiving is tomorrow so we've spent a lot of time discussing what the holiday entails. About being thankful and spending time with family and the traditional foods we eat. Like turkey.
We've been enjoying fall and collecting leaves and making handprint turkeys. We've more than fulfilled the fall requirements.
This week I even took the boys to one of those "Harvest Festival" type farm centers where they have corn mazes, hay rides and ex-gumball machines filled with little pellets to feed animals.
We wander around pointing out all the animals. Look, a cow! Look, a horse! And so on.
Finally, we get to:
But as it comes out of my mouth I remember that the reason we've been talking about them lately is not because turkeys are fascinating. We've been talking about them lately in the context of eating them. On Thanksgiving.
And I'm not sure how this will play out.
Now I'm all for knowing where your food comes from. I think this is important and I am not afraid of them understanding this.
I am not even afraid of them choosing to not eat certain things, becoming vegetarians or vegans. All of that is just fine.
What I am afraid of is a complete meltdown right here and right now about this particular turkey.
I don't want their conversation to get personal. I know where this could lead. I start to suggest we move on to see the other animals.
But then, he simply says:
(Enjoy the turkey.*)
*At least, for those of you who celebrate. To the rest of you, Happy Thursday! And to the vegans/vegetarians that I just offended, Enjoy Your Squash! Unless you are a vegan/vegetarian who doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, in which case, Happy Thursday again! Unless you are a vegan/vegetarian who doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving but just happens to be eating squash, then Enjoy Your Squash! In other words, have a nice day. And possibly squash.