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Date: 1621

The Puritans and the Native Americans are sitting at a long table eating together, ostensibly to promote peaceful relations and give thanks for surviving a very dicey year.

However, you gotta imagine what the Native Americans are really thinking: "Well, we'll pretend this is fun, but we hate eating with the immigrants. Their food is weird, their clothes are funny and they can't even speak our language to ask to pass the gravy. Just because they got here makes 'em think they BELONG here."

So, we guess if you're not the children of Native Americans, you're the children of immigrants.

Once our ancestors got here, they believed they could belong and, for the most part, they did.

The first Thanksgiving was certainly about counting blessings, but it was also about inclusion.

Kate and Bob Alston

South Fork

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