Happy Thanksgiving, Philly!

Also, a Fun Turkey Fact By Our Very Own B. Franklin

Tomorrow we will eat & drink too much, visit family & give thanks.  We wanted to wish everyone a very Happy (& safe) Thanksgiving.  And, as if we couldn’t love the B. Franklin anymore we want to share a small antidote about his love for the noble turkey.

A humorous excerpt from a letter that Benjamin Franklin wrote his daughter where he waxes poetic about the turkey vs. the bald eagle in genius Franklin fashion:

“For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country…
I am on this account not displeased that the figure is not known as a Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on”.
Enjoy your day with your family & friends!  Save the shopping for Friday..or better yet Small Business Saturday!