This meant that Jessi's mother, and by extension her father, couldn't come to Thanksgiving, and our feast fit for probably 30 people was served to seven, us included. And I wasn't able to eat more than a few forkfuls.
Despite it all, it was a nice holiday, and while I was exhausted, I loved having everyone over, and sharing in this warm time with the family. It was great to be able to spare my grandmother the cooking -- as she's beyond 70 and has been the official Thanksgiving Chef for longer than I can remember.
If you celebrated, I hope you had a lovely day!
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This month, we'll begin to rotate between themed and unthemed months. Therefore, this month is unthemed.
Your Week 4 Topic is...
There's this beautiful children's book I tend to gift to people -- welfy originally introduced me to it. It's called "Hope for the Flowers". It is, perhaps, my favorite children's book of all time, and there's definitely much for an adult to learn from it as well.
In the book, there are thousands of caterpillars living in a world, oblivious to the possibility of butterflies. They become selfish, status-driven creatures that disregard one another in their plight for the top. But those who reach the top learn that it's empty up there -- there's nothing there. The main caterpillar is told -- "To become a butterfly, you have to want it so much you're willing to stop being a caterpillar." What a beautiful, wise sentiment!
And indeed, throughout literature, and through certain stages of real life, our path has its chrysalises. College, boot camp, a honeymoon, a sabbatical... all designed to give us an opportunity to insulate ourselves, and through the trial of work, pain, exploration, or some other journey that is isolated from the rest of our lives, we come out something stronger, more complete, and more in tune with our destinies.
Will your characters find a chrysalis of their own -- or perhaps interact with someone who has emerged, or is in need of one? It's up to you how this miraculous transform might touch your writing this week.
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Your entries are due by Sunday December 2th 2012, at 5PM EST at the earliest. This is the last week of the last full month this year! December kicks off a three-week contest!