Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “prize.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
Everybody gets a prize… sooner or later, big or small. I think it’s okay to get a prize for just showing up. Not a trophy, but something. Like a nice pencil or a bag of jellybeans. When my kids were little and went to the doctor, they’d get to go to the prize box after seeing the doctor and before going to the check out. Even if they cried, they got a prize after seeing the doctor. It might have been a little plastic dinosaur or a plastic ring. Lots or plastic. 😦 I wonder if they still do that.
In my old job as a counselor, I started the family Christmas party group for clients. For many years, I went to the dollar store and bought 50 presents to play that game where you can take the other person’s gift and go back to the pile. It was always fun to see a big tough guy open a baby toy. This was one of the highlights of my old job. I have a feeling they don’t do that anymore, but I could be wrong. It would be great to be wrong about that. I think probably individual groups have a party.
Yesterday’s prize was sunny weather in the low 80s. I broke down and took an allergy pill which helped with the fuzzy head. It’s cooler today.
Another prize, if you could call it that is that I get to play a lot more guitar and pull together music for church over the past three Sundays since our music director/organist has been in the hospital. He came home a couple days ago and is not out of the woods yet. He’s in what my husband would call, “deep weeds.” Healing prayers and good vibes are appreciated for my friend, Chris.
A couple of months ago, I was thinking I should use my singing voice more as a form of service. So now, I am called to do that in a way that was unexpected and not what I had in mind. Last weekend I invited a few friends over (something I rarely do) and we sang peace songs in the backyard. Maybe I’ll make this monthly and record something for you.
Sunsets are prizes we get just for showing up. Sunrises, too, though I show up more for sunsets. Here are a few recent sunsets seen from my neck of the woods:
(It took me a while to complete this post, because my photos would not load from my phone, and it took a while for them to show up in my aol email which is randomly slow.)
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February 25, 2023 at 5:59 pm
Beautiful! Love sunsets.
February 25, 2023 at 9:23 pm
Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed them.
February 25, 2023 at 6:05 pm
The sunsets were a prize, JoAnna. I particularly like the one behind the bridge.
February 25, 2023 at 9:26 pm
I’m glad you enjoyed the sunsets. The river and bridge are five blocks from our church.
February 25, 2023 at 6:07 pm
Beautiful sunset photos! I like your idea of regarding life’s joys as prizes.
February 25, 2023 at 9:28 pm
Thanks, very much Rosaliene.
February 25, 2023 at 9:39 pm
A prayer for Chris; and (yes, please) peace songs here!, and oh, my..what beautiful sunset shots. 🌷
February 26, 2023 at 9:22 pm
Thank you very much! I’ll try to get some peace songs. So glad you like the sunsets!
February 26, 2023 at 10:05 am
The wait was worth it. You live in a magical place! Happy Sunday!
February 26, 2023 at 9:57 pm
Thank you, Dave. Sometimes I take this place for granted. But sometimes I do see and feel the magic. I guess every place has pockets of magic – more when we know how to look.
March 1, 2023 at 1:44 pm
They do. Port Huron reminds me of Huntington Beach, CA. We’re on Lake Huron and we have rivers running through the city. It’s a great place to retire.
February 26, 2023 at 12:35 pm
Looking forward to the peace songs, JoAnna.
February 27, 2023 at 9:12 pm
Thanks for the reinforcement to follow up on that! We can’t have too many peace songs. 🙂
February 27, 2023 at 9:40 pm
This sunset was so fascinating. Anita
February 28, 2023 at 9:52 pm