This week's #FTSF prompt is an either/or, but since I'm being brief for a change [imagine that], I figured I'd respond to both.
"Right now, I'm thankful for ..." my job. It's definitely not where I saw myself this far post-Hurricane Katrina, but in looking at how many people around me are struggling or out of work altogether, I definitely consider myself lucky. I can't do whatever I want whenever I want anymore, and I'm not worrying about keeping up with the Jones-es when it comes to the latest toys and gadgets, but I've got a roof over my head, a car on the road, and food on the table, so I'm doing just fine.
"When I think of the word Pilgrim, I think ..." of how thoroughly disappointed I was as a kid to go on a school field trip to see the Plymouth Rock, only to realize how small it is! I should have been tipped off by the fact that it has "rock" right in the name, but I always imagined it as a huge boulder. The problem is that I was imagining them actually stepping off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock, rather than accounting for the fact that you can't pull a ship right up to shore and would have to have made your way in via a smaller vessel. This incident paled in comparison to my junior high school trip to the Smithsonian in DC, where I saw the Hope Diamond and realized it was not the ginormous stone of my imagination, but rather something along the lines of a walnut, at 45.5 carats. Knowing it was the biggest and most famous diamond in the world at the time, a walnut just didn't seem all that impressive somehow.
Due to Thanksgiving, there will be no #FTSF next week, but the following week's prompt is: "One of my favorite childhood memories is..."
In the meantime, wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving - hopefully together.
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