My mom and dad always had books they were reading as we were growing up. And they passed that love of reading onto me and my sister. I loved to read and read a lot of books to my daughter as she was growing up. She in turn now is always using her spare time for reading. I don’t read like I used to. I was at a place with my vision where with my glasses on I couldn’t see the print, but with my glasses off to read, I couldn’t see at a distance if I looked up for some reason. So last month I broke down and saw the doctor. I am now the proud owner of a pair of bifocals.
My hope is that I will be able to resume my reading of books now. I do still have the issues of fibro fog making me forget what I have already read sometimes. I do read a lot of blogs too. Any time I read something short or long it can transport me out of my life for a while to live through the characters. So, if you haven’t guessed yet, my B gratitude is for books!
He pushed the save button. It was finally done. He had written a third short story and was toying with the idea of putting one on a blog site. He knew a couple of people who used a blog to share poetry and to air out emotions. He was just interested in stories. He had read a couple of his friends’ blogs and found them entertaining. This was time to decide. He took a sip of his coffee and went to the website his friends used. He did a copy paste of his story. And he pushed the publish button.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – publish
There is this challenge going on in April. An A to Z challenge and I think I want to try to write for it like I did last year. Often people will offer a theme for their part in the challenge. I have given it a lot of thought and will be doing A to Z gratitudes. In this time of crisis around the world we should all focus on the good things we still have and show gratitude as often as you can. Focusing in on the things I am grateful for during this shut down and isolation will help me cope a little too. As today is April first I say let’s jump into it…
The letter A…
There is something to be said about timing. Sometimes things just work out well even though they were not planned that way. I would not call myself a gamer, but I do indulge in the occasional video game and have a couple of games on my phone. One game my daughter and I have played for years is called Animal Crossing. It is a all age friendly little game about village life. There was a new version for the Nintendo Switch that just came out about a week ago. This time you are on a deserted island and you do a little island hopping to gather friends to join you on the island until it becomes a little village. You can fish, catch bugs and take care of trees, weeds and flowers. A little shop sets up on the island for some supplies. It is a cute little time killer. And with our governor requesting us all to stay home I have lots of time to play. So, for me the letter A gratitude goes to Animal Crossing.
The people started to gather at the door. She knew it would be a long day with so many shoppers waiting at the doors. The quarantine was to go into effect at midnight tonight so everyone wanted to shop while they could. There was a large sign outside that stated no more than two of one item for any customer, they also had smaller versions on each door and by the high-volume items – paper goods, cleaners, canned food and batteries. The doors opened and the mass moved forward. This was worse than Christmas shopping she thought.
For the most part the morning went well. As the day moved on and supplies dwindled down on the shelves, tempers flared. She heard a man yell “Screw you!” She turned and saw a man standing with one of the assistant managers. It was obvious there were high tensions on both sides of the conversation. As the argument went on the volume got louder and the man became belligerent. He swore and took a swing at the manager who had joined in to try to calm the situation. He ducked just in time. It was then the police came into the building.
In no time the offensive customer was escorted out of the building and she continued checking out customers until the store closed at four o’clock.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – belligerent