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Sunday, December 03, 2006

My cousin M is five years old. During Thanksgiving my family went around the table noting the things we're thankful for.

"What are you thankful for, M?" my aunt asked.

M sat there looking at the turkey for a few moments.

"Are you thankful for this nice meal we're about to eat?" his father prompted him.

To everyone's surprise, M shouted "NO!" Then, woefully, he added, "The turkey had to die. It's so sad."

"But you like other things we're eating for dinner. Maybe you could be thankful for those things."

"Like ham?" M asked his father.

"Yes, you like ham."

"I'm thankful we have ham," M said. He paused a moment and said matter-of-factly, "It's part of the bacon family."

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