Today's blogging prompt is to write about a treasure that I have. I looked for gold and silver and precious jewels, but they were not there. Then, I dug into my treasure chest and found a few objects: a camera, a box of stones, a collection of journals, and a whole bunch of paintings. I also found some intangible objects: an imagination, curiosity, determination, and passion. I wanted to write about the treasure that glitters in the sunlight because it is golden, but I will have to settle for one of the intangible things: my curiosity.
Curiosity is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as being "an eager desire to know or learn about something." That has described me since I was a little kid. That eager desire has gotten me into some trouble because the way that I chose to know or learn about something was to take things apart. I had pieces of pens all over my room because I took them apart and lost the small objects that made the pens work. I was fascinated by people and what made them work but I couldn't take them apart like I could a pen. I was also too shy to ask them questions so I had to let my imagination take over. Later on, when I stopped being a fussy eater, my curiosity led me to taste just about anything that could be tasted. Sometimes, the food tasted good and, other times, oops.
After journalism school, I discovered that jobs were hard to come by and I had to do just about everything, in addition to journalism. As a freelance journalist, I've written about road reconstruction, toxic pollution, cancer survivors, artists, musicians, farmers, library directors, and more. Outside of journalism, I learned something about horticulture and became a gardener. I traveled to Guatemala and to Ecuador and I learned Spanish. When I traveled, I realized that wanderlust was a part of curiosity. It was the fascination of experiencing other cultures first hand. In Ecuador, I had the opportunity to stand on the equator, with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern hemisphere. I planted trees in Ecuador and I hope that I left something that is still growing and thriving.
So... today... this stream of consciousness... I need to bring me up to date because Ecuador was six years ago now. Today, I walked to the farmers market and then I went to Buffalo to visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility, where there was a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal.
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Question of the day: What of your traits would you call a treasure?