For the past few years, there has been an increasing clamor to make everything shut down for Thanksgiving, supposedly so everyone can spend time with their family. Nice, well-meaning sentiment, on the face of it. Except for all the people who don’t have families with whom to celebrate. Or who are estranged from (or just plain don’t like) their family.

What about them? Are you making their lives better? Do they want the day off? Did you ask any of them?

Then, there are Native Americans who don’t want to celebrate the arrival of armed Europeans who would steal their land, infect them with diseases, and try to murder them. They don’t feel this is something to celebrate. Or the struggling families who count on extra money from working holidays to help them survive.

Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same way. Or want to. Some folks prefer to work on holidays. They would rather earn some money than sit around their empty rooms feeling left out of America’s favorite dinner party — and maybe they need the extra pay.

Or they don’t like Thanksgiving, for whatever reason. It is their right to feel that way.

I understand the sentiment. To me, it’s one more example of how we try to force everyone to march in lockstep as if we are all the same or at the very least, we all should be the same. Above all, we should want to be identical.

I would appreciate it if the righteous folks would shut up already.

This is a diverse country. That’s not just something we say during an election year. It’s a real thing.

As a nation, we supposedly treasure diversity as much as any other freedom. So let’s leave a little room for people to express their differences as well as their similarities, shall we?

We do not all need (or want) to eat turkey, with or without gravy. I bet if you ask the turkey, they definitely would like to skip the holiday.

36 thoughts on “PLEASE DON’T PASS THE TURKEY – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. I’ve been broke and slept in my car. I’ve been lonely and jobless. I’ve been hungry with no place to go and no money.
    All these things and a ton more make me thankful. For anything.
    Anyway, I like turkey.


    • I have no objection to anyone liking Thanksgiving. I’m just saying that it isn’t the end of the world if some people have to work on holidays. I can’t even COUNT the number of holidays I spent alone because Garry was working. That’s just the way it was. And I think, if you were to ask him, I doubt he’d have traded at-home holidays for any other job. He really loved his work, holidays or not.


      • Ah OK.
        Funny, because just the other day I was reminiscing about when nobody worked on Sundays. It was actually a Law here in Alberta for many, many years as this Province was run by VERY Conservative governments and at least 2 of our Premiers in those days were Christian Ministers. We were really Bible Belt here. Nobody could work on Sunday – and you couldn’t buy anything either except at your Corner Store. Now I work pretty well every Sunday …


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  3. I love turkeys alive and well, and the local rescue farm has a certain day where they have a vegan fundraising dinner that helps support the animals. I like to get together with some family then, but life is life–if it isn’t someone’s preference, then that’s fine and shouldn’t be a reason for people to be crazy about it. Then again, some don’t need reasons to be crazy…


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