We are learning about the Pilgrims this week in room 309. Their 66 day journey to America on the Mayflower. Their first settlement at Plymouth. The first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag, the native Americans, that inhabited the area when the Pilgrims arrived there.
We are planning our own Thanksgiving dinner next Monday in our class for myself, my para, and our dozen little pilgrims and Indians.
After taking a virtual field trip of Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum replicating the original Plymouth Colony located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and learning about how both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag live, I asked my students, “Which would you prefer to be, a pilgrim or an indian?” “And why?”
We made headbands for each of them to wear at our thanksgiving feast to denote their choice. The choice was theirs, Pilgrim or Indian.
Pilgrims won. I’m not sure if it was the flashy gold buckle on their headbands or the fact that they had the larger, warmer houses to live in that won the vote.
Which would you choose?
I think I’ll have to go with the native American. After all, we do live in Oklahoma, land of the red man. And they have way cooler costumes! I’ll pick animal skins over scratchy wool any day! But I wouldn’t have to shave my legs if I chose pilgrim. Those big dresses! They’d hide the winter weight much better too, after I gobble ’til I wobble on Thanksgiving day. 😊 then there’s face paint or no face paint? That’s another question to ponder.
That’s the joy of our heavenly father. He never chooses. He picks no sides. He loves us all, red and yellow, black and white. We are all precious in His sight.
This year let’s all be thankful that we have a God that accepts us as we are. Our age, our race, our political background, our sex, make no difference. Let’s all come together and break bread with one another in peace this holiday season. If the pilgrims and the native American Indians could do it, so can we!
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
Love and laughter,