25 November 2022

Published November 23, 2022 by rochellewisoff

Monday, November 28 makes 51 years of the sometimes rocky road called marriage. Happy Anniversary to my husband Jan Wayne Fields.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook


If this photo prompt and story look familiar to you, thank you for being a Friday Fictioneer for at least seven years. It’s a rerun from 2015. This Thursday, November 24th is the holiday we in the States call Thanksgiving. Being thankful for what we have is a good thing. Celebrating with family and friends is also a good thing. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and eating the traditional bird along with trimmings.

It is also Native American Heritage Month. Let’s not forget at what cost our freedom came.

Genre: Somewhat Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


            “The Pilgrims stepped off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock,” Matthew read aloud. “Friendly Indians helped them plant corn and—”

            “They should’ve been called Pillagers.” Rita fumed, snatched his paper and ripped it apart.  “We’re indigenous and this is not India.”    

            “Mom, that’s my homework.”

            She handed him another sheet of paper. “Write this, Matthew Thundercloud, not what you think your teacher wants to hear.

            “They robbed graves, stole our land, enslaved us, murdered our children, forced their Christian religion upon us and gave us smallpox.”

“What if she gives me an ‘F’?”

            Just smile and say, ‘Happy Turkey Day.’”

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62 comments on “25 November 2022

  • Beautiful painting, both that and the anniversary one that captures you so beautifully. And a cracker of a story that puts things into perspective, for the little while that people’s attention can be captured these days.

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  • Happy Anniversary! I have heard that song/seen that video. One of the weird things about the American Mythology is that they chose Thanksgiving as our Foundation Myth because Jamestown, which was here before Plymouth, was settled 100% for greed, as were most of the early colonies. Religious refuges appeared to people in the 19th century as more “noble”. And the local people did help them at first, though they were just being nice, they weren’t inviting them to steal their land! Anyway, I hope Matthew Thundercloud got an A 🙂

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  • I feel two ways about this one. It is true that the Europeans who stepped off the Mayflower and other ships created a lot of misery for both themselves and the Native Americans. What I am uncomfortable with is the inherent idea that the natives were noble, sweet and wonderful to each other, as well as to the new settlers. It’s a myth. The mayhem and bloodshed the natives committed upon each other in their struggles for land (nomadic tribes constantly needed new lands for sustenance) is incredibly violent. Not to excuse the reality of the arrogance of the white settlers, although it is true by several accounts that the violence between native and whites did not erupt immediately. The natives had no way to know what the new settlers intended, and theyl were helpful at first.

    In truth, it was/is complicated. I doubt any of us (who weren’t there!) can truly understand what actually happened. All we can see is the results.

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    • Dear Linda,

      It’s true that there are two sides to that story. And the indigenous weren’t exactly kind to one another. However, it’s like slavery, while it’s true that African sold their own people, it doesn’t negate the savage treatment at the hands of white slave ownder.
      All of us have gone astray…
      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.



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  • Happy anniversary! 51 years with someone is an accomplishment. I haven’t even spent that much time with myself.

    I’ve always thought it was so bizarre that Native Americans have been called Indians because Columbus thought he was in India. Even Native American seems wrong. They were here before it was America. Unfortunately, humans feel a need to label people so we can put everyone in nice little boxes.

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  • I thought I had commented, but I see when checking this week’s photo, I forgot. So I’m sending you a belated happy thanksgiving!
    Yours is a powerful story and Buffy was a favourite of mine since my teens! Also, I want to say thank you, Rochelle, for accepting my stories. I’m loving being part of this community of such talented, creative writers. Sometimes a photo prompt is easy and other times it stretches me. Either way, it’s great exercise! And thanks to Mason Bushell for leading me to your site and prompts! 🙂

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    • Dear Fleur,

      I’m thankful that you’ve joined and have taken such an active part, both in writing and interaction. That’s what attracted me to this challenge–I didn’t create it–and has kept me these past 10 years. It’s like having pen pals on steroids.
      I’ve been a longtime Buffy fan as well and that has only increased. She’s an amazing woman. Thank you re my story. BTW Tell Mason he’s missed.




      • Thank you. I like that; penpals on steroids! I always look forward to the ‘Wednesday treat’, to see what the photo is and write, read and comment on as many stories as I can.
        Mason is such a talented storyteller, I’ll pass your comments on 🙂

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