Where are the Indians this Thanksgiving?

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I have been out and about looking at Thanksgiving decorations and home décor recently and I am completely lost.  Where are the Indians this Thanksgiving?    They are no where to be seen.  The Pilgrims are all ready to celebrate the holiday.  They are everywhere setting up their feast.  And I have found turkeys galore.  Lots of cornacopieas as well.  I even found pheasants ready to join the party.  But did history rewrite itself when I wasn’t looking?

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This is how I remember the story.  Haven’t we always been told that the Indians were there to teach the Pilgrims how to hunt and fish and farm?  Weren’t they there for the first Thanksgiving?  Why are we forgetting them now?  Is this world gotten so politically correct that we can’t have them as part of the celebration this year.  That is just silly.  They will be part of my decorations and Thanksgiving this year and every year after this.  I have a very tasteful set of Pilgrims and Indians that depict the Thanksgiving story nicely and will be proudly displayed on my mantle.

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Disclaimer:  I know that they are Native Americans but ever since I was little the Indians and Pilgrims were part of Thanksgiving.  I’m using them for the sake of the story and mean no disrespect to anyone reading this.


Growing Up

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On September 14th, my son left the teen years and officially became 20 and I became the mom of a 20 year old.  What?  I’m the mom of a 20 year old.  When did that happen?  It seems like it was just barely the day he was born.  Two weeks late.  But when he finally arrived, it didn’t lack drama.  All day labor, failed forceps delivery try and I ended up delivering C-Section.  And he has made life entertaining ever since.

This boy used to make me drive in the car everyday looking for horses and diggers when he was little.  His favorite thing to watch was Thomas the Tank Engine and we would watch it everyday, over and over again.  We used to go to the zoo to go see the polar bears and monkeys.  He loved to go to grandma and grandpa’s house and play with his trucks.

This boy has quite a personality and sense of humor.  He is a big tease and a sensitive soul.  He loves animals and snowboarding and Frisbee golf.  He can crack a joke and make me smile.  I love this boy and am proud to be his mom, even if he has made me the mom of a 20 year old.