Happy Thanksgiving

Slim Randles is here again as today’s Wednesday’s Guest, bringing us another distorted history lesson from good ol’ Windy. You just never know what he’s going to come up with, but it always brings achuckle or two.

Before turning the space over to Slim and Windy, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your gathering is filled with good food and good friends. Family can be friends, you know. 🙂

Windy Wilson waited while the first cup was poured, there at the daily meeting of the world dilemma think tank at the Mule Barn truck stop. When Windy shows up, it’s always an interesting lesson on vocabulary and remembrance of things that may or may not have occurred.

“Fellers,” Windy said, “you know Thanksgivin’s ‘bout here, don’t ya?”

We did.

“Brings me to mind of that Indun girl, Poker-hontus. Now she were a proper honey, I’ll tell ya. Not only did she keep her daddy from wipin’ out them foreign homesteaders, but she taught ‘em about Thanksgivin’.”

Windy grinned and sipped.

“Read up on it back when I was in elemnecessary school, ya know. That were a while back, too. Yessir, them poor Pilgrimites had no idear how to cook a turkey. I mean, they never seen one ‘til somebody shot one and brung it home. But good ol’ Poker-hontas saved the day. She told all them folks that this was the terditional Thanksgivin’ bird and showed ‘em how to baste it and cook it, and how many minutes for how many pounds and all that stuff.


“Then them Pilgrimese folks was so tickled at her, they sent her on a boat to go have tea with that there queen of England and teach her how to cook a turkey! Like I say, she was a special lady.”

Shame most history books missed that.
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Slim Randles is a veteran newspaperman, hunting guide, cowboy and dog musher. He was a feature writer and columnist for The Anchorage Daily News for 10 years and guided hunters in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. A resident of New Mexico now for more than 30 years, Randles is the prize-winning author of a dozen books, and is host of two podcasts and a television program.  

2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving”

    1. So glad that Slim’s little essays brighten your days, Jan, and thanks for stopping by. I do hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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