Tim, it was in your favor that you displayed an unusual growth on your chest.
When all your pen mates went to the butcher you were set free.
You were left to roam the yard.
We figured you would wander away with the flocks of wild turkeys that pass by our house.
Yet you stayed.
You became one of the family.
When anyone was outside you followed along like a faithful dog.
You hobbled close by with your crooked toed foot, giving you a unique gait.
A source of smiles, giggles and entertainment you were.
Sad was the day when your growth went away.
Grandpa, the veterinarian, said it was probably just caused from a peck or irritation on the chest bone.
Your fate was sealed.
We put it off as long as we could.
No one really wanted to see you go.
Yet, it was another mouth to feed and a cold hard winter seemed unfair to one unaccustomed to the wild.
So it is with sad regret, but with a knowing heart of right, you will grace our table.
I think it best not to tell your children pals who is set before them on their plates.
But, I do thank you for your service in nourishing my children.
You will be remember with fond memories in years to come.
Except for the poop you left in our garage, in a metal coffee can(don’t ask!), and on our deck.
That we can certainly do without!
All children in this story were quite okay with the eating of this turkey. No trauma or drama ensued! In fact one certain boy is quite content that he won’t have to chip ice out of the turkey’s water dish any more!