Behold the Menurkey. Part Menorah, part Turkey, the Menurkey commemorates the intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukah, two holidays that celebrate the triumph of religious freedom over oppression; of small outliers over large dynasties. In many ways, both holidays represent the story of solos.
Although age-old holidays inspired the Menurky, it came to life in decidedly 21st century fashion. A nine-year old boy conceived of the mash-up and built a prototype with Tinkercad, a cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) tool for creating digital designs ready for 3D printing. His parents created a Kickstarter Campaign to fund production, and since then, thousands of Menurkeys have been sold. Two decades ago, the story of Menurkey’s success would have seemed as improbable as, well – a few drops of oil burning for eight days or a small band of religious outcasts surviving a harsh New England winter. Yet now we have, at our fingertips, the tools to speed from concept to commercialization in a matter of weeks.
Yet even as the world changes impossibly fast, what inspires and awes us remains constant and uniquely human. The determination of the Pilgrims. The courage of the Maccabees. The creativity that lies within a nine-year old boy and the inventors of the tools that propelled his vision. And that’s why despite doubts, solos and smalls will survive: because technology will never replace what matters most —heart.
Happy Thanksgivukkah to all! I’ll see you back here on the other side.