Thursday, November 26, 2015

"A Thanksgiving Thought"

At the end of the 3-D western Hondo – better than today’s 3-D; the lances flew right out at you, and they literally made you duck – perennial movie Indian fighter John Wayne responded to the marauding Indians being thoroughly vanquished, by saying,

“It’s the end of a way of life.  Too bad.  It was a good one.”

Every year, at our Thanksgiving gathering, each dinner guest is issued a cardboard headband to wear – half of them, with a painted buckle on the front, the other half with a stapled feather on the back.

The dinner’s host wears a full out, though hardly authentic, Indian headdress.

I commit to this annual ritual not just to commemorate the “taught them how to grown corn” story, but to pay tribute to a way of life that was decimated so that another way of life could ultimately prevail.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, and I take great joy in its celebration. 

But it seems to me that, somewhere between “Firsts” and “Seconds”, it’s worth taking a moment to remember that, to be what we ultimately became, somebody was paying the price.

I don’t know what more to do about that.  Beyond keeping it in mind.

And saying,

Happy Thanksgiving.

To everyone.


Wendy M. Grossman said...

That sounds like a neat tradition. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Earl.


Jeb 2 said...

Right back at ya.