Crow swooped down out of the sky and landed on Dappled Pony's head, then said,
"What are you grateful for, Dappled Pony?"
Immediately, Dappled Pony replied, "I am grateful that my head doesn't fall off when you land on it like that."
Then she added, "What are you grateful for?"
Crow said, "I am grateful that my ass is not an anvil. I am grateful that my wings are not weights."
After a moment, Dappled Pony observed, " My gratitude is bigger than your gratitude. Yours is so small that scientists have to find it with an electron microscope. Yours is so small that it can dance on the head of a pin and feel that it is in a ballroom. Yours is so small that you can't find it with tracking dogs, a map, and both hands."
"You don't say," drawled Crow. "So, who died and made you Queen? I should have landed on your head harder. Some people change after a crack on the cranium. The bilious and snappish become beaming beatific benevolent beings with the brains of babies."
"I should have ducked. Then you could have gotten back to the Earth, all in a jiffy. You could have kept going, all the way to China. You and your nest could have ended up in someone's soup. The impact would have left you flatter than a pancake. You could have become a frisbee. I feel that I have cheated you of all these opportunities."
"Well," said Crow generously, "I forgive you."
"So, what are you really most grateful for today, Dappled Pony?"
Dappled Pony shook her mane and stamped her hoof. "For you, even though you are just a talking turd with feathers."
Crow replied, "And I am most grateful for you, even though you are nothing but future dog food. I hope that you will be my friend forever, and not go to the glue factory, but stay here with me."
Dappled Pony whinnied, as she tended to do when pleased.
"Crow, you can perch on my dome all day if you like. I rather enjoy having you there. I hope that you will not ever become a cat's Christmas present to its owner, but rather, stay here with me and be my buddy forever."
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers, from Crow, Dappled Pony, Everyone at Danny's Coffee Shop, Bosco, and his faithful human, Fireblossom. xoxo Let's eat!