Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Thanksgiving Pardon

Turkey Smarts

Thanksgiving Pardon

©Bert Gildart: Despite the bad manners of this and other turkeys, which continue to gather at our bird feeder, today we pardoned these turkeys. We have absolved them of their sins.

Our pardon is unlike the annual presidential pardon, which grants some lucky turkey life for a sin whose only crime was to grow fat on an obscure farm. Our pardon forgives real sins. Our pardon forgives the many turkeys that not only gather at our feeder, but also those that knock over the feeder in their effort to expose the seed. Worse yet, our pardon forgives those that poop all over the deck and the railing that supports our feeder. Some might consider all unforgivable sins, particularly the later.

I, however, realize that the turkey is a bird deserving of much respect, and to support my contention quote from columnist Ellen Goodman, who in turn was quoting Greg Butcher of the Audubon Society. “It’s a strange era,” said Butcher, “where every species is either too common or too rare.”


Butcher continued, saying that the “differential” seems to be the creatures’ “willingness to put up with the human lifestyle.” Goodman concludes her column with a thought of her own, saying that “Maybe Ben Franklin was right when he said that the wild turkey–not the bald eagle–should be our national bird.

“After all,” concluded Goodman, “the eagle in all of its restored glory, soars majestically above the fray. But the turkey is down here, gobbling, squabbling and flourishing, while we try to figure our place in the pecking order.”

I like the philosophies that seem to crop up around Thanksgiving and recall that last year at this time, we were traveling in North Carolina, and had just visited an Indian chief at the Cherokee Heritage Center. We learned much from that visit and received several comments from a subsequent Thanksgiving posting based on our visit with Mr. Wolf.

Despite bad manners these turkeys granted reprieve

Despite bad manners, these turkeys were granted a reprieve

Check it out, but in the meantime both Janie & I wish everyone many, many Happy Thanksgivings.


4 Responses to “Thanksgiving Pardon”

  1. Kimmy Says:

    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and Janie too!

  2. Nancy Zatkoff Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you from Peaches and I.

  3. Rich Luhr Says:

    Ummm… I think last year you spent Thanksgiving with us in Tampa! It must have been another year you were in North Carolina!

  4. Bert Gildart Says:

    Rich, you are absolutely correct and what a great time it was, something Janie and I were just recently discussing. My thought at the time of the post was that we were traveling “about” this time rather than “at,” as I said. Judging from YOUR blog, it looks like you had a great time in Hawaii! I’ve been there too and as Dec 7th rolls around I’m reminded I was there with my parents in 1941 as a six month old infant. My gosh, I’m a Pearl Harbor survivor.