<\body> Stories in America: For some, every day is 'turkey day'

Saturday, November 24, 2007

For some, every day is 'turkey day'

Karen Oeh and her husband, Mike Balistreri, with two new members of the family. “I am like a new parent,” Ms. Oeh said. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
It is one thing for the president of the United States to pardon a pair of turkeys every year and then send them off to live out their days in Florida. It’s quite another to save a turkey from the Thanksgiving table by inviting it to live with you.

Two weeks ago, Karen Oeh and her husband, Mike Balistreri, who live not far from Santa Cruz, Calif., adopted two turkeys that had been rescued after an airline shipping misfortune in Las Vegas.

“I am like a new parent,” said Ms. Oeh, 39. “I instantly, totally fell in love, and now I just want to stay home with them.”

Ms. Oeh and Mr. Balistreri will not be among the 92 percent of Americans who will eat turkey today, as estimated by the National Turkey Federation, a trade group. Instead, they have given the birds a softer, easier path that bypasses the oven and leads to the backyard.


At 11/24/2007 8:19 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

I just adopted a frozen turkey named "Butterball."

Alright, alright, bad joke. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Rose.


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