While shopping for food on the Monday before Thanksgiving Day in 2019, I noticed an especially good poinsettia with the salmon pink leaves edged in pale yellow that I like. Too early for a Xmas decoration? Yeah, but this plant’s not so glaringly out of season as the older choices of bright red or stark white.
In the morning on Thanksgiving Day itself, the plant looked even better and insisted on being photographed. Between shots, I noticed ways that the plant fits in with giving thanks after all.
- I can spend an unplanned $4 at the market w/o skimping on necessities. (This was not always true.)
- The builtin flash on a modern camera is sometimes useful. (Yes, I have an external flash.)
- I can still shoot at 1/20 sec in available light w/o needing a tripod. (The colors seen at the time were between what the images show.)
- I still live among people who accept the diversity symbolized by this poinsettia variety. Marxists, racists, sexists, and tribalists all pretend that knowing where somebody fits into their categories tells U most of what’s important about that person. Not so.
Yes, I am posting this small Thanksgiving celebration a little late. One reason is that I let things rest a while and then edit again before publishing. The other reason is that the wheels turn slowly at my age. That they still turn is yet another reason to give thanks.