Monday, November 19, 2007

Every Thanksgiving






I think of that joke. You know the one; if the Pilgrims ate cats instead of turkeys....I won't tell the rest of it, because I think it's a sexist joke and "kitty" might be lurking.




I am from Jamaica, so growing up I never really celebrated Thanksgiving (Although there was a brief period in my life when my family lived in Michigan and we did the whole turkey thing I think my parents just wanted to fit in). So now that I am an adult I have a hard time getting into Turkey Day. Yeah I know there is always a football game on, but it's always the Lions for crying out loud! And how more fucked up can you get than the Lions?





A-merry-cans lose their minds over Thanksgiving. This is a great time to be in A-merry-ca . Unless, of course, you happen to be a turkey. If you are a turkey I feel your pain, because this isn't a very good time of the year for you. Unless you happen to be the turkey the President pardons. But that turkey has connections, and he is just one of a million turkeys. Actually this year the frat boy pardoned two turkeys. "Oh field leave Scooter Libby out of this." OK sorry. Besides, I think that was last year. Bottom line, if you are a turkey you are pretty much fucked.




So it's Turkey Day; you stuff your face, shoot the breeze with family members, and the next thing you know, you are off into dreamland. (There is something in turkey that actually makes you sleepy. It's true!) Mrs. Field gets really pissed at me every year around this time because she wants to enjoy Turkey Day (Mrs. Field is A-merry-can). Me, I never understood what all the hype was about. I mean honestly, what are we celebrating? Tricking some poor Indians? I bet those 20 black people that came over to Jamestown with the rest of the Pilgrims didn't eat any damn turkey. Chicken maybe, but no turkey. And now that I think about it, why can't we eat chicken instead of turkey for Thanksgiving?




So anyway, when we go to the grocery store it's always a big production with Mrs. Field. She has to get "Butterball" turkey (Like it makes a difference) . And depending on how many people we are having over, she has to make sure the turkey's weight is just right (You can't have a 20 pound turkey for just two people I guess). And everything around the turkey has to be perfect as well (Mrs. Field doesn't use stuffing because she is from Louisiana). The right types of seasoning, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, whip cream, potatoes for the potato salad, dirty rice, ground beef...........you know what; maybe this whole Thanksgiving thing ain't so bad after all.


Shit, since it's already a holiday I might as well make the best of it. And fuck the Lions, I will be sleeping by half time anyway.












25 comments:

Bob said...

Tryptophan

field negro said...

Thanks Bob! I knew one of you smart readers would remember :)

Blinders Off said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mrs. Fields, I enjoyed your Thanksgiving post. You mentioned Mrs. Fields is from Louisiana, she might appreciate the following link.

www.hebertsmeats.com

My husband and I stop in Scott, LA to visit friends on our way to Texas. It took me awhile to acquire the taste of creole and cajun food, but it grows on you if you are married to one. On one of our trips to Scott, our friend had prepared one of Hebert’s stuffed chicken with rice and shrimp. It happened to taste very good. I plan to bake one with the rest of my Thanksgiving meal for my Mother.

Enjoy your REST :)

djtyg said...

C'mon, Field. The Lions have had a good year so far:).

Christopher said...

That punkin pie is OK.

So is sweet potato pie and pecan pie and key lime pie. I loves the pies.

The best part of the bird for me was the sandwich eaten about 9pm. It had to be white bread, and a thick layer O' mayo, turkey meat tightly arranged and dressing on top of the turkey.

No wonder as an adult I have high cholestral!

Will Divide said...

Hey Field, long time reader, first time writing here.

The Jamestown settlers were most definately not Pilgrims. They were mainly a colony of twits and their hired hands (don't quote me, but I believe slaves were a slightly later addition) who very shortly set up the whole plantation scene in N. America.

The Pilgrims landed up north and, as fucked up as their weird ass protestantism was, they were the moral counterweight (sober hard work, personal responsibility) to the gulags the gang in Va. were putting down. It was the Pilgrims' grandkids who became the abolitionists.

Happy Thanksgiving, Rasta.

field negro said...

blinders off, I am familiar with Scott. (It's a suburb of Lafayette no?)I have had stuffed chicken and shrimp but not Herbert's. I will check it out. Mrs. Field is from Opelousas. Thanks for the link.

"C'mon, Field. The Lions have had a good year so far:)."

So far :)

And christopher, you are making me hungry. It's too early for pies :)

"will divide" thanks for the history lesson. And don't take so long to write next time.

The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Field,

From what I'm seeing, Americans have blown past Thanksgiving and already have Christmas decorations up in the stores and everywhere.

Mind you, the Christmas shyt went up the day after Halloween.

When we should be giving thanks, America has blown right past it, because in many eyes, Thanksgiving is just the prelude to Christmas, when all of a sudden, there's good will towards your fellow man after you've cussed him out, tried to put a noose around his neck, called him a Nigger and told his Latino brethren to get the hell out of the country, but not before you pick that fruit and veggies that didn't get burned up in the California wildfires.

Happy Thanksgiving, dammit (after you digest all of that).

mac said...

"Thanksgiving is just the prelude to Christmas, when all of a sudden, there's good will towards your fellow man after you've cussed him out, tried to put a noose around his neck, called him a Nigger and told his Latino brethren to get the hell out of the country, but not before you pick that fruit and veggies that didn't get burned up in the California wildfires."

When you put it down in the field like that, it makes me wonder who the real turkeys are...

1990 said...

Happy thanksgiving Field.
My mom is from Opelousas, Louisiana. She too can throw down on some food.

mac said...

Happy thanksgiving to you and all families in the field!

The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Well, Field, I am having a roast chicken for Thanksgiving. Much more you can do with a chicken the same as you can with a turkey.

I do have to say that Thanksgiving is when I sure do miss my momma. She was from Shreveport and could whip up turkey and dressing that would make you slap some one.

Screw pumpkin pie - real Field Negroes eat sweet potato pies, Christopher - thought you knew that, LOL.

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the Field, and be sure to take your serving from that House Negro trying to save it for Massa, LOL.

field negro said...

"Happy thanksgiving to you and all families in the field!"


Thanks mac!

"Happy Thanksgiving to all in the Field, and be sure to take your serving from that House Negro trying to save it for Massa, LOL."

Thanks christ. prog. I think :)

field negro said...

Thank you 1990. And trust me Mrs. Field can't cook like your mom :)

Lord thank goodness Mrs. Field doesn't read this blog :)

hawa said...

I grew up with my parents as an only child, but Thanksgiving was always a big deal.

But for the past 2 to 3 years, I really just want to stay home and eat something out of a bag. I keep the tradition to not disappoint my parents.

And I must say fo' real... I can add this year that "I'm thankful that Field is feelin' my blog right now."

"And I'm so glad I saw that before I went and posted my "Overheard" post for today. I'll save that mindless post for after I fall off of Field's list, lest I disappoint those who visit to actually read something deep."

LOL. Enjoy the holidays!

Christopher said...

Screw pumpkin pie - real Field Negroes eat sweet potato pies, Christopher - thought you knew that, LOL.

LOL! Love sweet potato pie!

baatin said...

this time of the year, like every other year, shelters get doused in free food, and the hungry homeless temporarily become simply, the homeless. people, if you wanna give, then maybe give a bit each month, or each week. one day of eating and sleeping does nothing but salve our guilt. field, can't wait to see what scraps massa tosses my way as a 'performance bonus' this holiday season!

rikyrah said...

Hey Field!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mrs. Field.

Dinner will be:
Turkey
Beef Roast
Dressing
Mac and Cheese
I'm trying Angry Black Bitch's Corn Casserole
Collard Greens
Chess Pie
Peach Cobbler

I enjoy Thanksgiving, because it's time to celebrate family, and if there's something that Black folk should celebrate, it's family.

Anonymous said...

happy thanksgiving field, don't forget to count all the blessings for not many folks are fortunate as we are.

shy giraffe

jp said...

Happy thanksgiving all. This is the best holiday IMO. Family, food, giving thanks and no money spent on useless gifts.

djtyg said...

Field, if it weren't for the fact that the Eagles spanked the Lions this year, I would soooo be talking shit right now:).

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