What Catholic School Children Say About Tom Turkey

by Sister Julie Ann on November 23, 2011

Believe it or not, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Carol Seidl reported Tom Turkey’s whereabouts at a Catholic School in Sierra Vista, AZ. Healthy Tom arrived for an All Saints School Art Class for the students to sketch-weighed in at 50 pounds. Mrs. Harig, Art Teacher raised 10 of them for Thanksgiving Dinner.

First Impressions

What did the children think of their ‘live’ model? Here are some enjoyable first impressions from the aspiring artists:

  • His red flap would go up at times and it was squishy.
  • The red flap felt dry and soft.
  • His feet were like dinosaur feet.
  • He was panting a lot.
  • His feathers felt rough and the feathers changed color depending on the temperature.
  • When he was in the sun and hot his feathers were red. When he was cold they were blue.

And yet a few more observations describing the visitor’s appearance:  

  • Pretty cool! Never saw a turkey… that big-massive beak.
  • I was amazed-cool thing with his feathers-they changed colors according to the temperature.
  • The eggs were big with dots on.
  • He had blue eyes and when he blinked they turned white.
  • He poofed  his feathers up when he was scared.
  • His feathers felt like a brush.

 Followers of Francis

It is evident the children were followers of St. Francis when reading these comments: 

  • We should have said a prayer for him.
  • I’ll miss him forever.
  • He must be afraid to die.
  • He looked scared when we got near. We backed away slowly and his feathers popped themselves down.
  • The turkey was very funny! His red flap came over his nose and it shook.

From all the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Happy Thanksgiving to all! The Lord bless you and your families!

4 thoughts on “What Catholic School Children Say About Tom Turkey”

  1. Special Thanks to these students for sharing their newfound turkey insights! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  2. Sr. Carol Seidl says:

    The children drew excellent sketches of their new friend!
    When poor Tom was butchered in preparation for Thanksgiving Day he was too big to fit into the oven. He was about 30 pounds at that point. So the bird was cut up some more in order to fit into the oven. But after butchering two turkeys my art teacher and her husband could not do anymore. It was too traumatic after raising them since February. They had become attached. The other birds received a Thanksgiving pardon!
    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in Sierra Vista.

  3. srsharon says:

    Sr. Carol, Mrs. Harig and Art Students of All Saints School: I thoroughly enjoyed your rendition of TOM TURKEY and all of your comments!  It would be interesting to see some of the pictures you drew. Do, have a grace-filled THANKSgiving with your families and those dear to YOU!  “I can SMELL the turkey cooking NOW.”  “Is IT TOM TURKEY??????”

  4. Sherryharig says:

    It was an eventful day for Tom Turkey and the children. He was raised as a part of an experiment in how self sufficient we can be on 5 acres in the desert we call Rescue Ranch. The turkeys were raised from chicks and the plan is to 'harvest' them for food. We did manage to get two done this weekend and what a learning experience it was! The main problem was that they were BIG! After some false starts and problems all the way through we ended up with a 41 lb and a 49.5 lb dressed birds. Too big for our ice chest, refrig, oven and roasters. Solution- cut into 10 lb breasts and leg quarter that is as big as a ham.
    When the students asked how it went, I told them how difficult it was without the gory part but stressed that  processing food from animals is not pretty and a lot of work. And it makes us aware of our choices on the foods we grow and what we really need to feed ourselves. Lessons are on going for sure.
    Thank you, Sisters for your prayers for the students and their education. And we, at Rescue Ranch would appreciate your prayers too as we collect animals and people that need a home.
    Yours sincerely, Sherry Harig, Art Instructor

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