The Countdown

The group was ready. They had four people in line and they were determined to get the special marked down 70%. Doors opened in just four minutes and Beth was glad. She had never been much of a shopper, but her fiancé’s family was big on Black Friday shopping and she wanted to fit in.

A loud voice shouted about the din, “There will be no running, no pushing or shoving and you will enter in a straight line when the doors open soon. Products will not be sold to anyone seen breaking these rules.”

Beth shook her head. Her fiancé looked over and smiled at her. She glanced back at her future Mother-in law and sister-in-law. Taking a deep breath she chanted with the crowd “5…4… 3… 2…” They never got to 1 as the doors opened, the crowd advanced, and the madness began.

This is the beginning of the week of Thanksgiving in the US. Please take some time to enjoy each other’s company. In some families it is less about the food and more about the shopping, but in either circumstance you can be grateful for lots of things. Be grateful you are together, or this only happens once a year for a few hours. Be grateful for delicious food or the meal you will fix when you get home. Be thankful for the great deals you are buying or that you are at home in a warm bed. Just celebrate what makes you happy this year!


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – advanced

5 thoughts on “The Countdown”

    1. Thank you Sandy! It will be… just on Sunday instead of Thursday – my boyfriend works retail and my daughter is in food service so they both work. To me it doesn’t matter what day as long as we are all together!

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