November 16, 2005

Appreciating America

There's a nice article in the Salt Lake Tribune about immigrants and Thanksgiving. I liked this bit:

One year, Kaufusi remembers her son's teacher coming by after Thanksgiving with a turkey. Her son had told the class that his family didn't have turkey because they couldn't afford it. "I had to keep a turkey on the table after that," says the 61-year-old Kaufusi. Kaufusi always makes a turkey for the family's Thanksgiving feast, but no one eats it. "It's a waste of time because the children don't enjoy it - only in sandwiches," she jokes. Pasa Tukuafu, Kaufusi's brother who was 8 years old when the family came to Utah, says the turkey in their family is symbolic of their appreciation. "It's not the food we long for," the now 41-year-old Tukuafu says of the big bird. "It's the food we use to pay respect to the United States."
Posted by Ithildin at November 16, 2005 4:01 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

"It's the food we use to pay respect to the United States" - oh, I think that's terrific! I'll be thinking of that this Thanksgiving, too.

Posted by: Princess Jami at November 17, 2005 7:26 AM

What Jami said.

Damn. I wish we heard a LOT more of this and a little less of the "other stuff," if you know what I mean.

xoxo

Posted by: Margi at November 17, 2005 8:14 AM