Why You Shouldn't Eat Worms


Thanksgiving. A time for giving thanks. Thinking about the Thanksgivings I have had in my 25 rotations on Earth, one memory in particular comes to mind.

I believe I was eight or nine years old, around 2005 or 2006. My mother had slaved all day on Thanksgiving, roasting a turkey, making “Justin’s Favorite” stuffing, and preparing the entire house for the meal. Once the food was ready, my older sister took one look at the feast and said,

“Can I just have ramen noodles?”

I remember two things from that moment: the look on my Mother’s face, and my Dad’s one-worded advice, “Run.”

To all of the children who may read this, you should not ask your mother if you can eat those “salt-laced worms” for Thanksgiving, as I used to call them.

Fifteen-or-so years later, my family has all moved on, and my wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving with her family. Fifteen-or-so years later, I have been thinking about a few things I am thankful for now.

I am thankful for my wife and both of our families. I am thankful for the roof over my head and a job I enjoy.

I am thankful for Sheriff Biddle, Police Chief Vagher, and all of the officers who put their lives on the line daily to keep our community safe. I am thankful for the Ulysses City Council and Grant County Commissioners for doing their best for the community.

I am thankful for my Xbox and the ability to keep in touch with my family through online gaming while we are far apart.

I am thankful for the music talents, education, and experiences I have in my life. I am thankful for happy memories.

Lastly, I’m thankful for whoever is reading this. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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