The call began innocent enough – “Hi, brother dear, I just phoned to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.” – but it wasn’t long before the conversation turned to the elephant in the White House.
“Yes, Trump has lost, but (President-elect) Joe Biden had better watch his back because (Vice President-elect) Kamala Harris will soon be scheming to take over,” he said. When I did not go along with this prediction, he suggested it might be better if we talked about sports instead of politics.
I’m not much of a sports fan, but I recalled catching the end of the Bills game when the Cardinals unexpectedly scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the game. So I asked if he had seen it only to be informed that ever since the players began “taking a knee,” he no longer watches NFL games.
Thinking it best not to go there, I asked with whom he and his wife would be spending Thanksgiving. He responded by complaining about how arbitrary it is to limit gatherings to 10 people and before I could ask where he would be celebrating, he added that, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or no Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they would be having their meal indoors at his house and with the windows shut!
Knowing how much my brother loves to hunt and searching for a neutral topic to end on, I wondered aloud if he had caught his own turkey as he had in previous years. He said he had not seen any wild turkeys this year, but what he does see many days is a family of overly cautious, mask-wearing neighbors who walk down the street single file like a flock of turkeys.