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Hey, Amy. Just checking in to see how things are going in 1960-something.
You're hitchhiking west to the province of Alberta now?
And you found a lost cat wandering along the highway?
I can't imagine how he got in the middle of nowhere ...
... although it's true that black cats are abandoned far too often.
We've all heard the superstition that a black cat crossing one's path is bad luck. But the bad luck actually comes to the cat itself.
A stigma is attached to black cats in western society, but the folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture.
In the United Kingdom, for instance, a black cat crossing someone's path is considered good luck.
Supernatural powers attributed to black cats were welcomed by sailors on ships. Black cats were considered good omens, and were viewed in a positive light. They were sought after to join the crew.
But today in modern times, black cats have fewer rates of adoption in shelters compared to other colours of cats.
There have been many myths regarding the negativity surrounding black cats.
Centuries ago, they were thought to be companions to witches and sorcery. Some believed black cats were human witches in disguise. Others believed that witches could be reincarnated back to life in the form of a black cat.
In the 1920s the black cat was adopted as a Wiccan (witches) symbol.
The commercial association between Halloween and black cats has been detrimental to the cats themselves.
Shelters often delay the adoption of black cats until well after Halloween, fearing for their safety.
Of course the reality is that black cats are playful and independent creatures ...
... as friendly and loving as cats in any other colour.
I know you'll treat this cat well, Amy.
And please make sure it's safe with you this Halloween.
It's normal in 1960-something for cat owners to let their cats roam around outside.
But it would be a good idea to keep your black cat inside on All Hallow's Eve.
Hey! Maybe you could go dressed up as a nerd on Halloween. It's so different than a hippie.
But then again, the word "nerd" in the early 1960s is only now coming to light as meaning a bookish type of person, or one who is extremely interested in one subject, like computers for instance (although of course computers don't exist yet where you are).
The first use of the word "nerd" was in a book called IF I Ran The Zoo ... written by Dr. Seuss.
Yes, let's nix that idea. Maybe going as a nerd isn't a great suggestion, Amy.
Everyone would think you're a librarian.
A-huh, that's one of the limited professions commonly available to young women in the 1960s.
By the looks of it, you've made it to the prairies.
Hitchhiking in 1960-something is pretty great, right?
And going by the coordinates on the time machine, you're just entering Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ah, someone you met on the road lives in Saskatoon. You're heading to her family's place for thanksgiving dinner?
Okay, here's what you can look forward to.
The reality is that for decades Thanksgiving hasn't changed a whole lot.
The tradition of thanksgiving began in the 1600s by pilgrims in the United States. It has basically remained the same since President Lincoln created a national holiday for it in 1863, although Thanksgiving's roots were deep-seated in religion in the 19th century.
To this day it remains a holiday both in the U.S. and Canada.
In the U.S. the fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by the federal government. In Canada, Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday in October, steeped in the tradition of celebrating the year's harvest.
In 1960-something, you'll be served the traditional homemade dinner, and here's the difference between then and 2018 - everything will be made from scratch ...
- Turkey with stuffing
- Green bean casserole
- Gravy made with the turkey's giblets - the innards - the liver, heart and gizzard
- Mashed potatoes
- Pumpkin pie in a flaky crust with freshly whipped cream
And, of course, a molded recipe made of gelatin-encased ham and vegetables, for instance.
Gelatin based recipes will all but disappear by 2018.
Just so you know, over 4,000 calories are normally consumed on Thanksgiving Day.
Now all you have to do is enjoy yourself with the people you've met in 1960-something ... and give thanks.