When I was small we used to decorate our house with Pakistan flags on Independence Day and watch the flag hoisting ceremony on television with a sense of pride. As I grew up and learnt that we belonged to a sect that had been declared as non-Muslims by the constitution of the country I became disillusioned. I learnt that people from my community were persecuted, jailed and even murdered. My father was an honest and highly skilled officer of the Army but was not promoted because of his religious beliefs.

Three years ago we moved to Dubai for a better life for our son. I’ve taught him to answer ‘Pakistan’ when someone asks him where he’s from. He knows that his grandmothers live in Islamabad. He knows what the flag of Pakistan looks like and that the language spoken there is Urdu. But that’s about all. He was only 8 months old when we moved here so he doesn’t remember anything.

It makes me very sad to say this, but my husband and I both don’t feel any patriotism towards our country. If we had the opportunity to get the citizenship of another country we would take it. Anything for a better life for our son.

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Other entries:

  1. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. Wishing my home country Malaysia, Selamat Merdeka | littlegirlstory
  3. Daily Prompt: Country | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  4. Canada Sucks and I Don’t Want to Leave : I Pledge Allegience | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  5. Duncan the Sushi Roll #5 | Neva Samaki
  6. No country should exist | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  7. Daily Prompt: Pledge Allegiance | Motherhood and Beyond
  8. Daily Prompt: Country – What Country Means to Me | USS Hornet (CV-12)-A Father’s Untold War Story
  9. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | The Lint In My Pocket
  10. Pledge Allegiance | Flowers and Breezes
  11. Pledge | A Good One
  12. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance « Mama Bear Musings
  13. There Are Better Things Than Patriotism | The Jittery Goat
  14. Canadian post card | DCMontreal
  15. Daily Prompt : Being Indonesian? I am deadly Proud of It! | bambangpriantono
  16. 158. Questionable Allegiance | kevindeisher
  17. Country | Rebecca Barray
  18. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | I really just pretend to know stuff
  19. Daily Prompt: Country – Our America by Shannon Holloway | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  20. Country | The Nameless One
  21. A small stitch from the fabric of Canada | Patchwork Ponderings
  22. We agree to celebrate our life… | Vampire Maman
  23. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Likeness Of Something
  24. Two countries | Life is great
  25. #Patriotism in #Murica | floatingsheep
  26. RPMAS
  27. Daily Writing Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  28. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance « Vicariously Poetic
  29. Daily Prompt: To pledge allegiance and mean it | SERENDIPITY
  30. The Death Of National Pride | Liars, Hypocrites & The Development of Human Emotion
  31. My Country……(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  32. Of thee i sing | contrailsonmyheart
  33. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Nature Wisdom Journey
  34. Daily Prompt; I Pledge Allegiance | terry1954
  35. My top five things about being British… | My Top Fives…
  36. Editorial: Reflections of loyalty on a holiday weekend | The not really news blog
  37. DP Poem: “Pledge Allegiance”… One Nation Under God!!! | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  38. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | The Daily Post | The Blogging Path
  39. Republicans are more patriotic than democrats | The Flavored Word
  40. Britain Sucks – But I’m Still Proud Of It |Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Quinn Harkness
  41. the patriotic call of the mightily dollar | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  42. Letter to My Soldier | anniethinksabout
  43. I’m Canadian Eh! | Along Life’s Road
  44. Crazy for the Red, White, and Blue | A Day in the Life
  45. Daily Prompt: I Pledge [Corporate] Allegiance | My Atheist Blog
  46. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance all My Life to the Magic Colours, Red, White and Blue | Phoenix Flights
  47. “I Pledge Allegiance” | Relax
  48. England, My England | Life & Times
  49. Daily Prompt: I pledge Allegiance ~ To Know the Meaning | For the Love of Images
  50. Allegiance Breeds Bias | Cheri Speak
  51. Cuba: An Introduction | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  52. A Canadian in America | Amy Warren
  53. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance! | The Geeky G4mer
  54. Cannotdo Reactor | Her Broken Nibs
  55. I pledge allegiance | the scroobious pip
  56. Daily Prompt: Our Country ’tis of Thee | One Starving Activist
  57. Ideals And The Standards Of Love | Wise Counsel
  58. Daily Prompt: I Do Not Pledge Allegiance / Country | @ The West Gate
  59. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | BulgingButtons
  60. I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  61. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | LADYBOY PROMPT
  62. Love thy neighbour. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  63. Am I really very patriotic? | Rob’s Surf Report
  64. What does loyalty really mean? | Legends of Lorata

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

I have had many opportunities to take some nice shots of the sea such as of the Celtic sea from the Brittany region in France, the South China Sea from Langkawi, Malaysia, and the Andaman Sea from Phi Phi islands in Thailand. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach always has a calming effect on me.

However the photo I’d like to focus on is a little more personal. It was taken on our holiday to Maldives on a dolphin watching tour. As both my husband and I don’t know how to swim and the boat was really rocky we were afraid to let our son go out in the front part of the boat. However the man on the boat was kind enough to take my son out and I’m glad he did because he got to see dolphins in their natural environment.




  1. Shadow Self | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Stephen Chapman
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | Journey Called Life …
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: SEA | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (Crystal Cove) | skpfoto
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  8. It’s a wonderful F’N life
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | All Resource
  10. photography ~~ sea (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea |
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Travel Monkey
  14. WordPress Photo Challenge: Sea | A year in the Life
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  16. Sea | de Wets Wild
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | Moments In Your Life
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset on the Western Sea | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | As I See It
  20. weekly photo challenge – sea | myguiltypleasures
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge:Sea | Danny’s Photographs
  22. Sea | Monochrome
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Thinking and inspiration
  24. weekly photo challeng: sea | Curls n Skirls
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Just Snaps
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind
  27. View From Our Rooftop 😀 | The Way I Live Naturally
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Wind Against Current
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge : Sea | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  30. The Sea – A WordPress Photo Challenge! | Life in the Foothills
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | The Chalk Hills Journal
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Chittle Chattle
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Tranquil Deserted Beaches | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  34. The Sea #photography #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  35. Kissing the shoreline | Life through a Lens
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (Memories of the Adriatic) | Compass & Quill
  37. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SEA – the Black one aint black | Richard Tulloch’s LIFE ON THE ROAD
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | suzie81’s Blog
  39. (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | life on wry
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | pen . paper . storm
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Cardinal Guzman
  43. A Sea of Ice: Iceland’s Myrdalsjökull Glacier | Thirdeyemom
  44. The Sea…An Eternal Beginning… | ilargia64
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea « Restawyle
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | If it Sparkles, Keep it…
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | s1ngal
  48. Feel. — Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | mommyverbs
  49. Weekly photo Challenge – Sea | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Sitting on the Porch
  51. Sea architecture or sculpture | Le Drake Noir
  52. Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England | Life through a Lens
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Long delays possible
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | ILEANA PARTENIE
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  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea « Leya
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  58. The Cure | Beyond the Brush
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Eat, travel, photograph
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Mumbai Rains Sea Adventure | The Moonshaker
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | MyBlog – solaner
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | paintedwords
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | ♡ Snapshots & Smiles ♡
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Curious Vogel
  65. Sea | the mmmmm family
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | M & A’s World
  67. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Northwest Frame of Mind
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Something to Ponder About
  70. Three Good Reasons to Participate in the “Daily Prompt” | Cheri Speak
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Another Side of Trelawny | AyoOutLOUD
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (Saint Malo) | What’s (in) the picture?
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  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: I See The Sea | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
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  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Purple Rosemary
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sea 2 | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Escape from Chaos
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | alien shores
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Under a poplar
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Joe’s Musings
  82. Moods on Sea | breathofgreenair
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Rois
  84. Staying in Focus: Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Staying in Focus
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | belgradestreets
  86. Visit by a German Journalist | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
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  89. From Sea to Shining Sea | Drops of Ink
  90. Wandering Graduate | Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | littlegirlstory
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Things I have learnt today
  93. [Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge] Sea |
  94. Weekly Writing Challenge: Sea « Minute Moments
  95. 8-30-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | The Quotidian Hudson
  96. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SEA | Isadora Art and Photography
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea ~ Los Pescadores Niños | In Da Campo
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Heron There & Everywhere
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Diary of Dennis
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | @ The West Gate


The Daily prompts are very useful because thanks to them I manage to post something every day. OK it may not be award winning, but at least some people like it. I’ve been responding to the Daily Prompt regularly ever since I discovered it, even though sometimes I have to be a bit sneaky and write something other than what was asked for (A little Absurdity).  (The really sneaky people are the ones found at the top of the pingbacks list with totally unrelated stuff!).

As a mother I have to be sneaky a lot of the times just to get things done. OK that itself was a sneaky statement. Let me be more honest. As a mother of an energetic and demanding 3 ½ yr old I often have to sneak off to blog, write, nap, heck even to go to the toilet. Somehow he always knows where I am and what I’m doing. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way round??

While I’m writing this my son has found me in the study and is now undoing his father’s shoe-laces. I’m not stopping him because well, he’s not bothering me is he? Sneaky huh?

Other entries:

  1. Sneaky Questions Require Sneaky Answers | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  2. Daily Prompt: | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. Daily Prompt: Sneaky | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  4. Daily Prompt – A Little Sneaky | Kate Murray
  5. Thoughts on Blogging | We Live In A Flat
  6. You Prompt Me [Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky] | unknowinglee
  7. Daily Prompts; Aren’t Perfect, That’s The Bloggers Job | The Jittery Goat
  8. To prompt or not to prompt, that is the question… | The Rider
  9. Clowns To The Left of Me, Jokers To The Right | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  10. A Little Sneaky | Geek Ergo Sum
  11. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky « Mama Bear Musings
  12. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Motherhood and Beyond
  13. Nothing wrong with a little nudge in the right direction | thoughtsofrkh
  14. Just a spoonful of prompting can make the writers pen note down, in the most delightful way! | The life of T
  15. sneaky is as sneaky does | wannabepoet
  16. On Prompts & Writing | The Temenos Journal
  17. Rolf Harris: maybe he was tying down more that just his kangaroo | DCMontreal
  18. Sneaky: A Prompt About Prompts | suzie81’s Blog
  19. A Little Sneaky | Shilpa Sharma Online
  20. Sneaky | Hope* the happy hugger
  21. Those Hokey Writing Prompts And Why I Need Them | Bright Tuesday
  22. Daily Prompt – A Little Sneaky | Joe’s Musings
  23. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Of Glass & Paper
  24. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | The Daily Post | The Blogging Path
  25. Daily Prompt: A little sneaky but more than a bit odd | SERENDIPITY
  26. “A Little Sneaky” | Relax
  27. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | College Girl Dai
  29. Sleepers, for me, always WAY more fun than flashy or fancy. | Lord Aoshi’s Latest Finds
  30. Delicate Revenge | shame
  31. A Little Sneaky | The Nameless One
  32. How about them Daily Prompts! | Everyday Adventures
  33. Daily YouTube Find-30/8/13| Football Skills | The Educated Illiterates
  34. Daily Prompt: A Useful Creative Writing Tool | The Silver Leaf Journal
  35. Get Your Sneak On! | An Upturned Soul

A little absurdity

The last song I heard,

Was on the radio.

It was a bit absurd,

That too in Urdu.

Don’t remember at all,

What it was about.

So how do I recall

The third line? I doubt.

Oh Daily Prompt!

What do I do?

Do I write about

Something else for you?

Write for minutes fifteen,

To show some good speed,

Something serene,

For all of you to read.

Others who fared better:

  1. Need for Speed | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  2. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | The Lint In My Pocket
  3. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. I’m Just Livin’ By My Own Feelin’s | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  5. Can’t Drive 55 – I told you ’bout all those fears | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | MyBlog – solaner
  7. Whats your speed? | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  8. Daily Prompt- Dancing With a Bear | readingwithafeather
  9. Hop on the Back of My Bike | Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | likereadingontrains
  10. They got nothing on you, baby [Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55] | This is ME, you know.
  11. Oh, All My Friends Are Turning Green [A Vignette/Flash Fiction] | Ramisa the Authoress
  12. Who else is going to bring you a bottle of wine? I can’t drive 55… | The Rider
  13. Thank you | A Teacher’s Blog
  14. Eu vou juntar as avenidas / I’ll gather up the avenues | Never clip my wings
  15. Daily Prompt: Proof Through The Night | One Starving Activist
  16. And the parking lot was our first date | Motherhood and Beyond
  17. I Can’t Help Myself | Tony’s Texts
  18. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 – ‘Cause I’ve Got To Be Free | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  19. I can tell by the way she lows | mostlytrueramblings
  20. Daily Prompt:When our friends talk about you all that it does is just tear me down | For the love of sharing awesomeness
  21. It’s Our Party We Can Love Who We Want [Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55] | unknowinglee
  22. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 (We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus) | Amelie Lockhart
  23. Caught In A Landslide – Daily Prompt | Linda Long Writes!
  24. “Can’t Drive 55″ | Relax
  25. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 « Mama Bear Musings
  26. Now You’re Playing With POWER! | Lord Aoshi’s Latest Finds
  27. Daily Prompt: “No Matter What You Been Through” | Creative Mysteries
  28. Have You Ever Seen A Show With Fellas on the Mic With One Minute Rhymes That Don’t Come Out Right? | Not a Punk Rocker
  29. Akeed ragaa w law bainy w baino blad – 5 min stream-of-consciousness | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  30. 156. I Knew Before You Got Home | kevindeisher
  31. On Fire | Hope* the happy hugger
  32. Nothing You Could Do | The Jittery Goat
  33. When I Leave this World, I’ll Leave No Regrets | Beats of Pieces
  34. I just run back to you…. | dawnyhosking
  35. Daily Prompt: And in the dark I have no name | Winding Road
  36. WE RUN IN THIS TOWN | ayimas
  37. Daily Prompt: So long, it’s been good to know yuh … | SERENDIPITY
  38. Daily Prompt – White Jet trails across the blue sky | Joe’s Musings
  39. Eat Your Fruit Loops in the Dark | A Day in the Life
  40. there’s no one quite like you, you push all my buttons down | wannabepoet
  41. We Can Learn To Love Again – Why No Relationship Is A Waste Of Time | suzie81’s Blog
  42. Out for all that I can get | mentalrollercoaster
  43. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  44. You Go To School And You Learn To Read And Write | Clive’s Blog
  45. There’s nothing you won’t do for money? | Life is great
  46. I’m feeling dead and gone | Hasta Que mi Corazón Explote… | Until my Heart Explodes…
  47. There’s nothing you won’t do for money? | Blognovic’s Weblog
  48. The Daily Post’s Prompt of the Day | Pitman’s General Store
  49. Beauty I’d Always Missed With These Eyes Before | The Laughing Nanny
  50. Daily Prompt: Will your bachelors of arts help you get by? | cinnwriterblog
  51. I Grab My Pen… | An Upturned Soul
  52. EAR WORM – TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS | Emotional Fitness
  53. How strange that I don’t know you at all. | thealiciacook
  54. I Wait For You | Sogna Grandezza
  55. All I Have Needed Thy Hand Hath Provided | My Bipolar Life
  56. Time is made from honey, slow and sweet | I Dream of White Rooms
  57. Can’t Drive 55 | The Nameless One
  58. Finally I Can See You Crystal Clear|| Wedding Day|| Daily Prompt | Mind My Mind But…
  59. Daily Prompt: Donne leur la main | verena cave
  60. You Were The One | Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  61. Soulache | shame
  62. Daily Prompt: And she’ll say I’m in love with a beautiful man that I don’t hardly understand at all | Reinvention of Mama
  63. DP: Can’t Drive 55 | A Blog’s Life
  64. Daily Prompt: Today I Heard You Say Maybe it’s Okay | Heron There & Everywhere
  65. I Knew She Would Meet Her Connection…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  66. And The Only Line I Can Think To Say Is… | sayanything
  67. ‘And if you’re further up the road, can you show me what I still can’t see?’ | Curious Jac
  68. I was dancing when I was aaah | Jambo Robyn
  69. The Seaweed Is Always Greener In Somebody Else’s Lake | Upstairs Productions
  70. Would it change you? | Life & Times
  71. Speed | Northwest Frame of Mind
  72. I Got The Bass For Your Face | Compass & Quill
  73. Shady and a tempered dame | Everyday Adventures
  74. ♪I know you can feel it, I miss you just a little too much♪ » My Life, My Way, My Words

An Asian bride

The last time I felt like a superstar was nearly 10 year ago on my wedding. My clothes had been designed by myself; the cloth and embroidery carefully chosen and then hand embroidered by skilled craftsmen. My hair and make-up was done at a salon by a lady who had been more than 20 years in the business. I wore antique gold jewelry embellished with peridots specially designed to match my clothes. I didn’t have a movie made but there was a photo session with my husband. I remember the photographer told me to pose with my hand on my husband’s shoulder but I refused as I was too shy. On the reception I sat on a stage with my husband while all the guests looked on. Of course the bride is the star of the evening with everyone talking about her clothes and how she looks. I really enjoyed all the attention and the admiring looks.



  1. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. I’d like to thank Y’all! | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  3. Shattered dreams | contrailsonmyheart
  4. Ready for Your Close-up | Geek Ergo Sum
  5. Get Read For Your Close Up. | Sister Hood
  6. Ready For Your Close-Up: Mr Men | suzie81’s Blog
  7. Daily Prompt: Superstar | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  8. Cast the “WHAT”? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  9. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | littlegirlstory
  10. Casting Call [Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up] | unknowinglee
  11. The CB Conspiracy | jennifermarshcurtis
  12. “Ready for Your Closeup” | Relax
  13. Dicaprio Outraged, No Kenton Lewis Movie | The Jittery Goat
  14. A Hero Resting | The Ambitious Drifter
  15. Daily Prompt: Street Superstar | Amelie Lockhart
  16. On living the dream | The Magic Black Book
  17. Superstar? | Life & Times
  18. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | Alastair’s Blog
  19. Daily Prompt ~ Superstar! | Misifusa’s Blog
  20. Supernovae | Maggie’s Stories
  21. Daily Prompt: Ready For Your Close-Up | College Girl Dai
  22. Are You Free Mr Braff? | Tony’s Texts
  23. i am a superstar (cause the daily prompt said i was) | wannabepoet
  24. Ready for Your Close-up: Red Sprites Over Nebraska | Khana’s Web
  25. Oona Chaplin | vicbriggs’s Blog
  26. Daily Prompt: Ready for your Close-Up | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  27. Daily Prompt: Close-up/Superstar | A Taste of Morning
  28. Daily Prompt: I’m ready for my close-up. Where’s Mr. Demille? | SERENDIPITY

Motherhood Award

You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

I’m finally being recognized for my unpaid 24 hour on call job as a carer, teacher, nanny, driver, nurse and much more. My husband and my son have created the Motherhood Award just to thank me. I guess Mother’s day (one day in the whole year, c’mon?) just wasn’t enough.

The award itself is made of pink cardboard and red ribbon, drawn and colored by my son and cut out and written by my husband. The prize that goes with the award is that my husband will take care of my son for the day, while I go for some pampering at the spa, ice-skating (which I’ve always wanted to do but never managed to), a few hours of shopping for something nice for myself, followed by a dinner at a fancy restaurant where I can dress to kill.

For my acceptance speech I’m just going to say “Thank you for realizing I needed to be appreciated.”

Ok now I’m off to make my husband read my post 🙂

Other entries for this Daily Prompt:

  1. Realisation Dream (Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats) | Amelie Lockhart
  2. Daily Prompt: | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. Speechless [Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats] | unknowinglee
  4. Headless Horseman’s Victory | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  5. Daily Prompt-Writing Will Help Me Win | readingwithafeather
  6. I’m so honored | Right Down My Alley
  7. I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Geek Ergo Sum
  8. Cygnets (Daily Prompt: Victory) | photo potpourri
  9. DP Challenge: Victory; the Water Villages of Ha Long Bay, VN | Travels and Trifles
  10. Daily Prompt:I’d like to Thank My Cats | Motherhood and Beyond
  11. I’d like to thank… | thoughtsofrkh
  12. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank the Fans | One Starving Activist
  13. Boomer! | Andante Cantabile
  14. 153. The Scotsman Wins | kevindeisher
  15. The art of accepting blogging awards | The Novice Gardener
  16. Youth Triathlon | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  17. A Small Victory | The Ambitious Drifter
  18. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats (and Dogs) | littlegirlstory
  19. Such A Pretty Trophy | Maggie’s Stories
  20. Daily Prompt: Acceptance Speech – Belladonna on the stand | alienorajt
  21. My Award | The Nest
  22. Professor Dudley Worthington’s Lifetime Achievement Award (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  23. I’d Like to Thank My Cats: How Not To Accept An Award… | suzie81’s Blog
  24. Burke Revisited | clarior e tenebris
  25. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Venti Means 20
  26. I Deserve That Trophy | Shilpa Sharma Online
  27. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats.| Beauty is on the inside Award! | Isabel MissV
  28. The reward would be an award in itself. | Hope* the happy hugger
  29. Thank you Mr Bear… | notsinglebutnothappy
  30. A Standing Ovation… and Silence. | An Upturned Soul
  31. Daily Prompt: …and the winner is ME | mommy&everything
  32. Daily Prompt: I’d like to thank my coffee maker. | M. L. Trefry
  33. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  34. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Dogs, Husband, Friends, and All Benign Deities | SERENDIPITY
  35. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Sued51’s Blog
  36. Daily Prompt: I’d like to thank my cats | Exploring Utah with MS and Apples
  37. Victory: A Dedication to All The Survivors | Mind My Mind But…

Laughter is the best medicine

Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?

Laughter is the best medicine. I really believe that. When you’re down in the dumps and everything just puts you off, a good laugh can do wonders. I don’t consider myself a funny person, I can be quite serious most of the time but occasionally I do get the odd comment “Oh you’re too funny!”

Some people manage to see the lighter side of things even in serious situations. When a doctor told my grandmother that with every cigarette she smokes she lessens her life by 5 minutes, she remarked “I’d rather have the cigarette than the 5 minutes!”

I read somewhere that seeing someone smile stimulates your brain with pleasure the same as eating 2,000 chocolate bars or receiving $25,000 cash. Well if I get the cash I’ll be smiling all the way to the bank!

My husband is away during the week as his job takes him to another country but when he comes back it’s really funny to see my son with him. It’s like a mix of a wrestling match, karate and a tickling session.

These days it’s my son who keeps me laughing:

We were talking about how Bollywood (Indian) movies have songs and dances. When my son heard this he said excitedly “I also know an Indian song, ‘One little, two little, three little Indians, four little, five little, six little Indians….'”

Another time I asked him to explain his naughtiness, “What are you doing??” I said. “I’m doing what I’m doing!” is the cheeky reply I got.

At school he was learning about the five senses. “The eyes are for seeing, the nose is for smelling, the ears are for listening, the hands are for touching…” “And what is the tongue for?” I asked. “For sticking out!” he answered.

Not wanting to go to school one day, he told our maid, “You can go to school, I’ll clean the house!”

Life is just so colorful with him around.

And now for some pingbacks…

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A Poem for my son

Just wrote this for my son. Will read it tomorrow to him when he wakes up.

A Matter of Mater

One day t’was too hot,

To go out to play.

So my Mama brought

A little rabbit to stay.

The rabbit was white

With small bits of black;

Wasn’t it a sight

Running on the track?

The track of the trains,

Of Wilson and Koko,

Thomas and James,

Get ready set GO!

The track was an eight

For the trains to run

But rabbit went straight

What a lot of fun!

And then Mama asked,

“What will you name him?”

“Mater!” I stated

“Is the best name for him.”

My Mama asked why,

 I said “There’s no doubt,

The reason is simply

His teeth are sticking out!”



Check these out too:

I Am – A Poem (KraftedKhaos)

Secret of Success – Effort (Flowers and Breezes)

Key to Success

My father taught me that the key to success is honesty, accepting your responsibilities and sheer hard work. I try to instill the same qualities in my son by giving him small chores like helping with the groceries, watering the plants or cleaning up his mess himself. When his dad is not around I tell him to be the man of the house and if I have to call the repairmen for something, to supervise them. He feels very important when I tell him that and he follows the repairmen around telling them what needs fixing!

Honesty, I feel is a quality children already possess. (In fact they have to be taught discretion like not to point to a person and ask “Is that a bald man?”, “Is that a fat man?”)

As for my blog, I would consider it successful if I can stir up some emotions by my posts . And getting likes and follows doesn’t hurt either!

Here is what others had to say:

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