24 Nov It’s Thanksgiving – Let’s Have Some Fun
24 November 2020
By David Allen, Development for Conservation
Magazine editor Larry Smith has been collecting people’s six-word stories about their lives since 2006. Reportedly, the idea was born at a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family and was based on an anecdote attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
More recently, in September, Mr. Smith published an Op-Ed in the NY Times asking readers to use the form to make sense of 2020: one person, one story, and six words at a time.
These made the cut.
“The world has never felt smaller.”
“Can’t smell the campfire on Zoom.”
“I regret saying, ‘I hate school.’”
So this week, let’s take up the challenge for the land trust (conservation) community during COVID.
Here’s some from me to get us started:
Pandemic mental health booster: Everybody outside!
2021 can’t get here fast enough.
CoronaVirus shutdown – LA is smog free.
Thank God for donors who care.
We’ll all get through this together.
Home Work. Garden never looked better.
2,500 miles on car this year.
I hate ZOOM. I love ZOOM.
Grateful for meaningful work, health, sanity.
Pandemic wine choice? All of them.
Counting my blessings: Counting you twice.
Your turn. (You will be much better at this than I was.) Post your six-word story in the comments, below.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Stay safe and stay well,
Photo by Travel Photographer courtesy Stocksnap.io
PS: Know someone who needs a lift this Thanksgiving? A call? A friendly voice? Take some time this year to reach out. It will lift you also.
PPS: Just in case you need a reminder, here’s the link to Alice’s Restaurant.
PPPS: Your comments on these posts are welcomed and warmly requested. If you have not posted a comment before, or if you are using a new email address, please know that there may be a delay in seeing your posted comment. That’s my SPAM defense at work. I approve all comments as soon as I am able during the day.
David LillardPosted at 10:16h, 25 November
Love your stories! Here’s a few.
Her land protected, she felt fulfilled.
His mountain view will never change.
I’ll be buried in that meadow.
Rick NewtonPosted at 13:56h, 24 November
Conserving land helps with climate change.
Dogs on a leash please – thanks.
peterpetermckeevernetPosted at 13:31h, 24 November
Saving land makes it all worthwhile.
reneecareyPosted at 10:55h, 24 November
Hold on tight! Don’t let go!
I’m tired of people. Going outside.
Where are my pants with zippers?
There is good in the world.
Annie MaloneyPosted at 10:55h, 24 November
My toddler can say ‘conservation easement’.
reneecareyPosted at 15:04h, 24 November
You are parent of the year.
: – )
(I can even reply in 6 words)
Kristin ThompsonPosted at 09:22h, 24 November
I miss working from home — alone.
Even the dog’s a little depressed.
Grateful for donors’ attention and support.
Thanks for a fun game, David!
Megan ChapmanPosted at 08:53h, 24 November
Thursday is sourdough bread baking day.
Robin F Kilfeather-MackeyPosted at 14:15h, 24 November
When are you delivering my loaf?
Megan ChapmanPosted at 07:06h, 01 December
Haha! I’ll have to scale up!
Brianna D.Posted at 08:39h, 24 November
Black Friday. More people outside instead.