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The Turkeys at Our House, Dead and Alive

A turkey roasted brown and ready to be carved. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Turkeys at our house: this one was delicious. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family or both — of every political persuasion. As always there’s a lot to be thankful for, but today I’m feeling especially grateful for that most American of birds, the turkey.

Every year around this time a bunch of them show up at our house. One arrives in a shopping bag, all plucked and cleaned and frozen and ready to be stuffed.

Turkeys at our house: Christina and her 2011 turkey. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Christina and her 2011 turkey. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The other turkeys arrive in our back yard on their own two feet, fully feathered and wattled. (Honest, they show up in our neighborhood right around Thanksgiving as if to . . . what? Guilt us? Apparently the invasion of turkeys in California neighborhoods is the result of importing by the state.)

Our daughter Christina has been the Thanksgiving cook for several years now. But this year, with Jon laid up with a broken ankle and Christina distracted by wedding plans for next May, I forgave myself for taking the ultimate shortcut yesterday: I drove over to a local supermarket and bought a ten-pound turkey with all the trimmings for 99 bucks.

When I searched my digital photo collection the other day for “turkey,” these photos turned up.

Read more about Thanksgiving gratitude. And about what I did with my old wedding dress a few Thanksgivings ago.

Turkeys at our house. Christina carved her 2012 turkey. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Christina’s 2012 turkey. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Turkeys at our house: Christina's 2013 bird. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The 2013 bird. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Turkeys at our house: live in our back yard. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Turkeys at our house in 2014: live in our back yard. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Turkeys at our house: Jon at a cafe in Turkey, which was not on the menu. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A search for “turkey” in my photo collection brought up this photo of Jon in an Istanbul cafe. Turkey was not on the menu. Photo by Barbara Newhall

 

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  1. Elaine Wells says:

    Great memories and Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family. Elaine

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