Why He Carried the Turkey by James Baldwin
Happy Thanksgiving! Something we all should be thankful for is that in this world, there are good people everywhere. Kindness and civility, thoughtfulness and helpfulness, these are qualities that exist in people in every town, city, and country.
In this episode of Confetti Park Storytime, we hear the tale of “Why He Carried the Turkey,” which documents the kindness of John Marshall, (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) an American politician and lawyer who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835. Marshall remains the longest-serving chief justice and fourth-longest serving justice in Supreme Court history, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential justices to ever sit on the Supreme Court.
This tale was penned by James Baldwin. It is a simple story, but it teaches a lessons. You may decide: is this a tale about humility, about kindness, about being a good neighbor? Maybe it’s about all these things.
Like Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” They are everywhere, and we can learn from them about who to surround ourselves with (to feel one kind of joy) and how to model our own behavior (to feel another kind of joy). True friends and true neighbors make the world a better place.