Not long ago, I got my USA citizen status. During the preparation process for the citizenship exam, I had to learn basics of US history, but I got so fascinated by so many different events and personalities involved in the creation of this amazing country, that I went really deeper into learning more about the founding fathers, the wars, the celebrations and the people, the pioneers, who threw away the life they had, and chose to come to the newfound lands, to experiment whatever this new life will bring them, the expected and the unexpected, probably much more of the latter!
I reviewed several historical documents and images, and I found this amazing painting by french painter Jean Louis Gerome Ferris, (1863-1920), who happened to be in and around many of the events related to the creation of this great nation.
The painting in question, which grabbed my attention and stunned me more than anything else, was the depiction of the First Thanksgiving Party ever celebrated in the not yet founded USA, in 1621! A true feast of sharing abundance and coexistence and friendship between the very first pilgrims and the native american indians, (who actually introduced the Cranberries, native american fruit, to the pilgrims).
This painting evokes in me the basis on which all relationships must be built, trust, joy in sharing and above all, tolerance to understand others and live in acceptance and harmony.
These basic attitudes must remain in time for any group, company or nation to survive in a healthy, productive and beneficial, reciprocal manner.
I have already experienced what happens when these values are removed from our everyday behavior; that is EXACTLY why I knew I had to emigrate, abandon my country of origin for good, and not look back.
Now that I am in the US, and came to stay, I have this brief message to everyone:
May the first Thanksgiving party ever celebrated in the US reminds us FOR REAL to share with joy and remove the intolerance towards others.
Nothing good is born out of intolerance, selfishness and greed.
Several good things comes out of trusting, sharing, cooperating, accepting others and pushing to live and love in harmony.
Happy (true) ThanksGiving to all!
About the Author:
Jorge Parra is a Fashion, Beauty and Portrait Photographer based in Miami. You can see some Jorge’s work in his spanking new website at
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