Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday 55

I've got my act together...well, 55 words of it any way.  If you write one of these challenging gems, make sure you share with the g-man.


The sudden appearance was so startling,
she hit the brakes.

Was she seeing things? 
No.
That really was the symbol of freedom taking flight.

Once it’d been quite…
common.
In today’s world…
rare.

As the Bald Eagle soared
she was glad Benjamin Franklin had lost his battle.
She couldn’t imagine feeling patriotic about
a Turkey.


True story.   We live near a large lake system and our temperate climate makes it a good spot for Bald Eagles to nest.   Although I’ve seen them on the lake, and occasionally flying overhead where I live in the country, the sight isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Plus,  they’re a lot bigger than they look on television.   And every time I see one, the little kid in me jumps up and down thinking, “Would you look at that?!”

For those unfamiliar with U.S. history, when America was deciding on a national symbol, Benjamin Franklin’s suggestion was the Wild Turkey, because it was so plentiful.  His suggestion lost by one vote.

10 comments:

Ponita in Real Life said...

Yeah, those wild turkeys don't exactly soar through the skies... I've had them barely clear the hood of my car when I lived in Texas. Scared the crap right out of me!!!

Saw a bald eagle fly past the window of my apartment last week. We had really strong winds that day (gusting up to 60 miles an hour) and he was flying head on... took him a while to get very far so I had a nice, long look! We actually see them quite regularly around here... and I live IN the city.

JeannetteLS said...

...and how would it have been to have a holiday built around EATING the national bird? Some might call that in poor taste.

(Sorry.) I stop my car for golden eagles--ANY eagles. There is something too precious about them NOT to stop and take the time to look. I have seen two bald eagles in a spot in central PA, but not often, and not close enough to suit me.

Well-chosen 55 words.

steven said...

hope it's funny but when i read "symbol of freedom" i immediately thought of a dove. hmmmm. steven

anthonynorth said...

I think the vote was right.

You'll find mine here.

Brian Miller said...

but us eating our national symbol once a year would carry such symbolism...haha...eagles are very cool to see....

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

I see bald eagles and wild turkeys frequently. (Yes, baldies are BIG!)

Monkey Man said...

It is truly inspiring to see bald eagles. Great 55.

Dulce said...

Interesting Story about B. Franklin!
Glad he didn't get it! :-)

G-Man said...

I Dunno...
Bald Eagle Noodle Soup doesn't sound too bad!
Loved your 55 Hope.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Mama Zen said...

I saw my first eagle in flight this past summer. It was breathtaking.