Write Now Prompt for Jan 29, 2013


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Today’s Prompt:

“The desperate forty-niner took one last scoop of gravel into the pan and slowly started to shake it.”


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2 thoughts on “Write Now Prompt for Jan 29, 2013

  1. “What’s a forty-niner, Mom?”
    “A person who looked for gold back in the gold rush days.”
    “Ah. Gotcha. Okay, you can keep reading.”
    “A desperate forty-niner…”
    “Wait, why is it forty-nine? Why isn’t it fifty or forty-eight or some other number? I’d like seventeen, I think. A seventeener sounds better than a forty-niner. Does it mean he was forty-nine years old? No one calls me an eighter. So maybe it’s not his age then, because the author would probably say. ‘The forty-nine year old’ like people say ‘eight year old,’ right Mom? So he’s probably not forty-nine, but why do they call him that?”
    “The gold rush was in 1849, so it’s a…”
    “It’s a nick name! They were looking for gold in 1849, so now we call them forty-niners. I get it now. But wait, did they not look for gold in 1848 or 1850 or any other years? Did they find all the gold in just one year? What about all the other people who were looking for gold? Does anyone find gold today?”
    “Yes, people were finding gold before then and still find it today, it was just that…”
    “Oh, right! I remember now! Remember when we went gem mining and the lady said that sometimes people will find a little nugget of gold? So of course people are still finding gold, you can find it when you go gem mining. Remember that really big bucket of gem sand that Dad got when we went to the mountains with my cousins? Remember, Mom? Remember it was huge! And me and Dylan found all those gems, the purple ones, the blue ones and that big white-ish, clear-ish one, Mom, remember that one? Wait, what are the purple ones called again?”
    “Yeah, amethyst. I wonder why it’s called amethyst? Who comes up with the names? Did the forty-niners come up with the names, do you think? I wonder if the forty-niners found gems and amethyst and stuff like that when they were looking for gold. Do you think they did, Mom? Did they throw them away, like, ‘Darn, this isn’t gold!’ and then just threw away the other stuff? I would never throw away the gems, I like all the colors. Wow, Mom! This is a really good story!”

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