My pies are baked, the ingredients for our Thanksgiving dinner are all organized and in their places, and I’ve checked on the turkey to make sure it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing–thawing. Somebody killed that turkey and now it’s lying naked in my fridge. If it still had its head I know it would be glaring at me. If I were any kind of person at all, I’d be sorry. But the fact is, I’ll sleep good tonight, and, come tomorrow, I’ll cook and eat that bird.
I’ve spent several minutes pondering this, in between watching a program on how next week’s live TV version of “The Sound of Music” came to be (Kerry Underwood is pretty darned good. She’s no Julie Andrews, but I’m impressed), and here’s what I’ve come up with:
I don’t know why. In my case it could be in early conditioning. I’ve only ever seen a turkey naked and looking like meat. Up in the north woods we see wild turkey often on the sides of the roads, but a wild turkey doesn’t look anything like a 30 pound white domestic turkey. The only thing they have in common is their name.
But since we’re talking turkey here, can I just say this about wild turkeys? They’re the most insanely oblivious big bird I’ve ever seen. They’re like absent-minded professors. All manner of chaos could be going on around them and they’ll be wandering around in deep thought (or so it seems), crashing into each other. If they could talk you just know they’d be going, “Huh?” “Who?” “Wha?”
It’s a mystery why they feel the need to congregate on the sides of roads, but there they are. You know they’re comfortable with their surroundings when they’re out there mating, yes, mating, without a care in the world. Or a thought to who might happen to be driving by not wanting to see them doing the dirty.
Whenever I hear about turkey-hunting I have to wonder, where does the “hunting” part come in? They’ll waddle up to your car if you park by them long enough. They’re like car hops at the drive-in. What’ll you have, sir?
I think I know why wild turkeys don’t care who sees them. They know they don’t taste good. Yes, people hunt them (some people will hunt anything), but if they tasted better even more of them would die. That’s the way it goes in human-world. It’s all about us.
Have a great Thanksgiving. And forget what I said here. If you can.