Marc Lopez Law November 2018




As I type these words, I’m fresh off my very first oral argument before of the Indiana Court of Appeals. I’m no stranger to speaking in front of judges, but appellate work is a different animal. As someone who cut his teeth as an Indiana trial lawyer, I can confidently say this feels like a professional milestone. Is this a nerdy sentiment? Probably, but everyone’s nerdy about something. Sometimes the Court takes its show on the road. My oral argument was held at Winchester High School in Randolph County, Indiana. Since that’s basically in Ohio, the drive home gave me plenty of time to think. After two-plus hours of reflection, the dominant feeling in my heart and mind was one of gratitude. I’m grateful for my parents, who loved and supported me when I was growing up, even when I was particularly unlovable. I’m grateful to my wife, who always encourages me to better myself. I’m grateful to my daughter, who reminds me what it’s like to see the world without cynicism. Last but not least, I’m grateful to my associate attorneys and my staff. Without them, the wheels would come off pretty quickly. As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I truly hope that everyone reading this has the same opportunity that I had on my way back to Indy. Even if you don’t have 90 miles of Did you know that the Indiana Court of Appeals doesn’t always work out of the Statehouse?


“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry

In our lifetimes, Thanksgiving hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, you may have modernized the menu and begun posting your family photos to Instagram, but the tried-and-true quartet of family, football, grub, and gratitude has been in place for generations. While it’s easy to take holiday traditions as a given, each one has a fascinating history all its own. Christmas trees, Valentine’s chocolate, and other de rigueur activities often have strange, unexpected origins. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the backstories behind some of the essential Thanksgiving traditions. TURKEY Unlike other items on this list, it’s likely that turkey has been a staple of Thanksgivings since the first Thanksgiving in 1621. At the time, the holiday didn’t even have a name, and it was still more than 200 years away from being officially recognized by Abraham Lincoln. There are only two primary source documents detailing the meal between the Massachusetts colonists and the Wampanoag natives, and one of them mentions the famous Thanksgiving bird explicitly. Plymouth County Governor William Bradford described the menu in his journal “Of Plymouth Plantation,”which is one of the earliest accounts of life in colonial America. “Besides waterfowl,” he wrote, “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” As the colonists moved throughout the continent, they brought turkeys with them. In fact, there was even a specific role, called a “turkey drover,” for the person who would shepherd the birds from one part of the country to another.

flatland driving to do, try to find a moment where your brain isn’t overloaded with sensory input, and count your blessings. You won’t regret it.

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