Haiku: Traditions


The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Thanksgiving now looms —
Calories steeped in legend;
such delicious lies.

This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge.


  1. Seriously, its a shame that the true story is not taught to children. Its interesting that we celebrate that would have been lovely but to celebrate a “would’ve, should’ve” is really tragic. Yet, just like all holidays, they get skewed and molded to what makes us feel good.

    • Well. I feel like it’s a mixed bag. It’s one thing to teach kids the simplified, “feel-good” version, but it’s a crime to let them enter adulthood thinking all this stuff is true. I feel it should be a requirement for graduation to take a class whose textbook would be Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States – we could call that class “breaking the illusion” and I bet it would have better achievement rates than gym or art.

      • True, I wouldn’t want to destroy a kindergartners innocence so early. Maybe rather than “rah rah” pilgrims, there could be a more balanced approach for the little ones and definitely the class you suggest later on.

        • I like that idea: it’s not about avoiding destroying their innocence – more like not giving them the impression that oppression is okay, you know? I mean, that’s what we’ve been about since the days of Abraham, but if we are ever to pull together as a planetary society we have to leave that option open for future generations – to come up with new ways of achieving their empire-building purposes.

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