SoCS – Where?

Continued thanks to Linda Hill who sponsors this lovely stream of consciousness every week. Every Friday she provides a new word to spark our minds into action.

Check out Linda’s blog if you want to join in – check out the rules and the contribution of other bloggers. This week, the prompt is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Use it any way you’d like!

“Where, oh, where has my little dog gone?”
“Where, oh where can he be?”
”Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”
”Where’s Waldo??

That’s where my mind went when I read Linda’s prompt yesterday. Then, when I realized today is September 11th, all I could think of was “Where were you when the towers fell?”

I do not need to see the photos and the videos and the newsreels from that fateful day. The images are forever burned in my heart, mind, and soul.

Today, let us remember the lives lost and maybe try to remember how our country came together for fellow Americans we never knew. We could use a little of that shared humanity today.

As you move through your day today, keep those who lost so much that day in your thoughts. Remember how short and precious life is, and do not let one moment pass without telling those you love just how much they mean to you.

Where was I? At work. Four members of my team boarded planes that morning to fly to Atlanta for a day of meetings. Thankfully, they were all okay, although stranded until they could rent a car and drive back to Florida. It was my daughter who called me at work and told me to watch the news. She was telling me what was happening, but I could not believe what she was telling me. The events of that day I wish had never happened, but they did, and I will never ever forget.

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SoCS – The Paw Paw Patch

Day 321

Linda tempts us with bonus points again this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Start your post with the word “where” and write whatever comes to you. Bonus points if you end your post with “where” too. Enjoy!

Where oh where is poor little Maggie
Where oh where is poor little Maggie
Where on where is poor little Maggie
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch

The Paw-paw patch is an Appalachian folk song we sang as a family any time we took a long trip. The following verses are about finding the person in the paw-paw patch and seeing them picking up paw-paws and putting them in their pockets.

It was also featured in the Bare Necessities song in “Jungle Book”.

Paw-paw fruit comes from a tree native to North America and common in the Appalachians. The fruit is a soft custard-like fruit that does not last long and it therefore uncommon to find in any grocery stores. It might be available at some farmer’s markets but it has a very short shelf life.

The unfortunate thing about the tree is that it requires insects for pollination and as a result, the flowers emit a scent similar to that of rotting meat.

Everything has its pros and cons though, don’t you think? The pro is that early tests show the paw-paw may have cancer-fighting properties.

All I know is my two-year-old granddaughter now sings the song and it goes on forever because everyone she knows gets lost in the paw-paw patch.

It seems the paw-paw can be slightly poisonous to some people.

If you are ever looking for poor little Maggie, just come looking. You’ll know where.

Head over to Linda’s blog to see where the other participants took this prompt. Check out the rules and give it a shot!