You start out at the kids’ table and then at some point you get promoted to the grown-ups’ table.
One year you're sitting in the back seat while your parents drive to Grandma's house; the next, you're driving yourself so you can dip out after dessert to go meet up with friends.
About My Avery Brooks Collector's Plate
I’m a big Star Trek Fan and Captain Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek Deep Space Nine is one of my favorite characters. I love that his name sounds like a drink you could order at the bar: “I’d like a Captain Sisko on the rocks, please.”
And just so we’re clear: If Avery Brooks – the actor who played Sisko – ever called and invited me out for say a raktajino (Klingon coffee), I’d say: “Aye Aye, Captain. See you at Quarks. [STAGE WHISPER] Wear the uniform.”
As I’m cleaning out my parent’s things, I’m also looking at my belongings with fresh eyes. I’m trying to figure out why I have something, what purpose it serves, and if I still need it.
To that end, why do I have an abacus? A what? An abacus. It’s been tucked away in an desk drawer for ages. I’m not really sure, but I probably got it from my dad or my uncle when I was a teenager. I don’t know how to use it. I have no interest in learning how.
When I posted a picture of my abacus on Facebook, I got some really great responses.
Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian, author, and podcaster.