Yes, yes, yes: we're supposed to be subtly embarrassed of this holiday, given that apparently it's an act of global insensitivity to remember the date, or because there's a whole subset of the grievance culture out there who grind their teeth, turn widdershins thrice, and spit at the very mention of the name 'Christopher Columbus,*' or even because it's starting to look like everybody in the world 'discovered' America before Christopher Columbus did.
OK, that last one? Kind of a fair point. Still, speaking as somebody with most of his teeth at forty, no dietary deficiencies, and two kids that survived their first six months - which would not have happened if I had been born an illiterate turnip** farmer in Ireland, which is where I'd be if there hadn't been an America for my ancestors to flee to - let me just say that I am not exactly broken up about the thought that In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-Two / Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue. And probably, neither should you. Ever try living on turnips? I'm pretty sure that trying to get away from pre-potato, pre-maize, pre-chocolate, and pre-tomato cooking was what fueled the European Age of Exploration...
Moe Lane (crosspost)
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Why, yes, I do feel much better now. Thanks for asking!
**Potatoes are a New World vegetable.