It’s Monday and you know what that means?
Right. A new San Juan Table column in which I’m increasingly annoying with my make your own yogurt blah blah local unicorn sausage laced with salt mined from a rare strata in the San Juan Mountains and ferment your own breastmilk kefir.
At our wedding rehearsal, eight years ago, a bunch of us stood around bewildered in a drought-fried aspen grove, realizing that 100 or so people were going to show up the next day and there were countless nitpicky decisions to make. No one agreed about from which direction the wedding party should process; where the tents should be placed; or what to do about the dogs (this is back when people had dogs instead of kids).
My aunt Carla, bless her outspoken heart, raised her hand and barked, “here’s another idea no one’s going to like.”
And that is how I feel on this Monday, suggesting, in this column, that Thanksgiving be remade. Reintroduced like a wild animal who once thrived in a particular American habitat. That we return, slowly, to the spirit of the original Thanksgiving, which was simply a local foods harvest festival.
See, annoying? Because you already ordered your free range turkey from California, which inexplicably, is cheaper pound for pound than the humblest cut of local beef. (I know this, I called around, and I can’t afford it either).
And yet, I believe that the more locally we can eat, the healthier we, our planet, our economy will be.
Reintroductions are slow. Lynx were reintroduced to Colorado in 1999. The first few years were shaky; lynx were hit by cars, no kittens born for four years. Eleven years later 141 lynx kittens have been born, the lynx are spreading through the Rocky mountain subalpine and the reintroduction has been called a success.
Go here, to read this week’s San Juan Table, and come back and tell me what your tradition is and if there’s any room at your table for reintroductions.
Also, thank you to everyone who has voted for me in the Babble top mom blogs. I’m creeping up the list. If you haven’t voted yet, go here and click on “alphabetical listings” and you’ll see 6512 and growing.