Fish Sauce by Anhthao Bui

Fish Sauce by Anhthao Bui
Fish Sauce is realistic fiction, and Anhthao’s second anthology collection.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Just Thankful

Just Thankful
            The alarm woke me up at 5:00 a.m. I turn off the alarm and look at the phone to start my morning reading. I am thankful for the high technology of the twenty-first century. I am thankful to have a smart phone in my palm as a learning tool and entertainment. I promptly update the information, news, input knowledge and feed my hungry mind anywhere and anytime in the busy schedule. The internet and cyber world not only carry me to go back to Vietnam to view the country changing, but also display Mother Nature’s beauty around the world.

            Sitting on the cozy couch, through the window, a hummingbird couple soaring and sucking red nectar at the birdfeeder, the dove cooing, the birds chirping waiting for me to feed them, I am thankful for living in a peaceful nest with my half. I am thankful for Mom and Dad to leave Dan the invaluable property structure. I am thankful for Mom and Dad to prepare Dan’s knowledge that Dan earns money for living and for protecting me from financial insecurity. I am thankful for my parents’ investment in our education and inheritance discipline and hardworking ethic from them to balance and maintain our happiness as a couple.

            My eyes touch the flower basket with red, white, pink, orange roses, burgundy asters, shiny marigolds, tiny yellow flowers, and green leaves, with the red bow, saying “Happy Thanksgiving,” sitting in the middle of the family table, and gift cards leaning around the basket. I am thankful for working with the amazing children, understanding parents, and supporting staff at UCLA University Village Center. The children often surprise me with curious questions, and give me joy with their innocent laughter to sunshine my day. I am thankful for such a working environment. It is the most wonderful time of my working career as a childcare provider.

            Just thankful for good and bad circumstances come into my life!

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