Family Non-Fiction posted October 31, 2021

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Fortunately, this fowl family tradition never took hold

Turkey Talk

by Mama Baer

Fortunately, school was out for Thanksgiving!
Unfortunately, my friends left town.
Fortunately, my parents planned a new tradition.
Unfortunately, they did not buy a turkey.

Fortunately, our neighbor had a turkey farm!
Unfortunately, I did not know what awaited.
Fortunately, the turkeys were funny.
Unfortunately, our task was to catch one.

Fortunately, my brothers chased twelve gobblers.
Unfortunately, the turkeys eluded them.
Fortunately, the farmer cornered the fattest one!
Unfortunately, we followed the farmer and his catch to a large tree stump.

Fortunately, the harvest sun shone on our happy crew.
Unfortunately, that same sun illuminated a sharp ax lodged in the wood.
Fortunately, the farmer pulled the ax out with ease.
Unfortunately, I realized the horror I was about to witness!

Fortunately, I shut my eyes.
Unfortunately, our task was not complete.
Fortunately, the farmer knew what to do.
Unfortunately, we plucked the feathers from the body (still warm).

Fortunately, they came out easily.
Unfortunately, I felt sick.
Fortunately, it was time to go.
Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving Day, my turkey-educated mind could not eat a bite.

Fortunately, there were many side dishes to choose from, and turkey catching did not become a family tradition!

Fortunately contest entry

I think this is called experiential learning! A vivid memory that surfaces in my mind this time of year.
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