Is my son already grown up?

The other day my mother tried to distract my son from doing something naughty by telling him “Come and play here, your McQueen is asking, ‘Where is Nadir?’” to which he promptly replied, “McQueen is a toy, he can’t talk!”

Is my not-even-4 yr old already grown up? Should we be talking to him like an adult now?

When he was younger he was not so social and would be too shy to talk to other people. Now he goes up to strangers and asks them their name and how old they are.

This morning he was talking in his sleep. “Will you marry me?” he said. Later when I asked him who he was proposing to he looked decidedly embarrassed and didn’t answer me. But this got me thinking. Isn’t he too young to even have a girlfriend let alone be proposing?? Whatever next?

His demands are getting more and more elaborate. Today he was telling me, “I want a fairy godmother.. and a stepmother!”. It seems that poor old me is not enough for him!

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World tour

If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I haven’t seen my only brother for nearly 3 years now. When we left Pakistan his daughters were only 4 and 6 years old. They are big girls now and I miss them so much. I used to live nearby to them and see them every few days. I loved playing with them. Now I haven’t seen them in 3 years and they are too shy to even be seen on Skype. I never went back and they never came to visit us in Dubai.

My brother is a doctor and he says he is too busy to take time off for a holiday. His wife and kids have only seen their home country.

If I could I would take them around the world with me to all the countries I have seen. First we’d go to the Far East soaking in the beauty of the islands of Langkawi in Malaysia and Phi Phi in Thailand not forgetting to take a jungle safari on elephant back in Thailand. Then we’d fly over the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles. We’d spend the whole day in Universal Studios then to New York for a few days. We’d visit the Empire State building and the United Nations and spend our afternoons in Central Park.

Then we’d spend a few days in London to visit Buckingham Palace and London Zoo.  Next destination: Paris. We would go up the Eiffel tower during the day and dine by a nearby restaurant at night. From Paris we would take a train to Lucerne in Switzerland stopping to visit Jungfraujoch. Then onward by train to Rome to visit the Vatican, the Colosseum and other sights.

From Europe the next stop would be Egypt. We would get a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Giza on camel back during the day then dine on a boat on the Nile. From Cairo we would move on to Istanbul, Turkey, spending a few days there to have enough time to see the main sights.

Then in the end we’d spend about a month recuperating in Dubai after all our travels. The girls would love Kidzania and Ski Dubai and the Dubai Fountains.

Daily Prompt: On the Road

  1. Black and White | Warm memories from the heart of Mother Russia
  2. Berries | Inside My Glitching Mind
  3. A wandering emerald | MC’s Whispers
  4. Phoneography Weekly: Moments in the Airport | We Live In A Flat
  5. On the Road « Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Living in a Teletubby house in Spain… | The Rider
  7. Back to the womb | alienorajt
  8. Daily Prompt: On the Road | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. Daily Prompt: On the Road « Mama Bear Musings
  10. My own moon viewing platform. | The Ambitious Drifter
  11. Daily Prompt: On the Road | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  12. Ships | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. Daily Prompt: On the Road #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  14. A Family | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  15. Daily Prompt: On the Road | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  16. Island Chick [Daily Prompt: On the Road] | unknowinglee
  17. Monarch Butterfly (Travels) | photo potpourri
  18. If Interviewed By Barbara Walters | The Jittery Goat
  19. Welcome to Hobbiton | A Short A Day
  20. Daily Prompt: On the road | My Endless Rants & Ramblings
  21. Daily Prompt: On The Road | Eikons
  22. “On the Road” | Relax
  23. Daily Prompt – Travels | paisleypedlar
  24. Cancel the Babysitter | Honey Did you See that?
  25. 187. Getting Away From It All | Barely Right of Center
  26. Daily Prompt: Travels | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  27. Daily Prompt: On the Road | lifebeinggirly
  28. Immersed In A Culture | Tony’s Texts
  29. Daily Prompt: On the Road | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. A Side of France Beyond Paris | peonies and pistachios
  31. Beginning of Civilization | crookedeyebrows
  32. Visiting offspring | Sue’s Trifles
  33. Travels | Rebecca Barray
  34. Where in the world is Rob’s Surf Report? | Rob’s Surf Report
  35. Midnight Train: Daily Prompt | Finicky Philly
  36. My Kinda Stupid: Travelling The Hard Way | Just Visiting This Planet
  37. Blossoming in Korea | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  38. Travellers lost | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  39. Don’t Let it Slip | Journey to the Centre of My Heart
  40. Off To The Burrow! | amateurxpress
  41. Eye on the Road with the Heart at Home | In Scarlet Ink
  42. Daily Prompt: On the Road | My Atheist Blog
  43. The Holy Land | Life is great
  44. The Summer “Challenge” | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  45. One Starving Activist
  46. Daily Prompt: On the Road – Adopt me please! | SERENDIPITY
  47. Lesson learnt | The Otter in my Jotter
  48. Daily Prompt: On the Road | The Land Slide Photography
  49. Halo Veronica! | Compass & Quill
  50. DailyPrompt: Australia | viver para contar
  51. On the Road: Venice, a Nonet | Danny James
  52. The Travels I Have Been | Flowers and Breezes
  53. Somewhere Peaceful | Lost in Adeline’s
  54. Daily Prompt: On the Road | cagedbutterfly1
  55. On the Road | The Nameless One
  56. pause to live | sarahscapes
  57. Imagination; Always a Destination…(WP daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  58. Off to join the circus… | notsinglebutnothappy
  59. Up and Above vs. On The Road / Daily Prompt | Communication For Development
  60. UAE; my Disneyland, frankly. | Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Exactly? I don’t know.

What rubbish!

Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?

When I was growing up we used to live in a rented accommodation and moved from house to house every few years. This was a very good way of getting rid of any junk collected over the years. As rents became higher our subsequent homes became smaller which meant that more things to get rid of.

We used to sell off our old furniture at second hand shops. Clothes, shoes and toys that had been outgrown were given to someone less fortunate than us. Some things were just packed and stored. I remember we always looked for a house with a store.

When my father passed away there was a whole office with cabinets that no one had any use for. There were electronics components and instruments that only he used. I took some of his measuring instruments as I used to borrow them many times from him and I just couldn’t give them away. Even though there were many things that we had no use for it was difficult to get rid of them. My elder brother dealt with this hard task.

I moved just a sector away in the same city when I got married. I simply left the things I didn’t want to take with me at my mother’s house!

My husband and I moved to our own house a few years later and since we didn’t have much storage space I couldn’t afford to collect any junk over the years. I did have a lot of clothes from my wedding which were still relatively brand new. I gave these away to some people we knew that were less fortunate than us and who had daughters of marriageable age.

Over the last few years spent in Dubai in a big house I have managed to collect a lot of stuff (furniture mostly) that I’m sure we will have to sell when we move again. Besides that there are some things that we brought with us that will definitely have to be thrown. I think the only way to sell off second hand furniture here is to advertise on Dubizzle. That’s going to be a whole new project.

Daily Prompt: Clean House

  1. Walk more! | Inside My Glitching Mind
  2. Zenit-8 camera | Inside My Glitching Mind
  3. Never accidentally marry a gay man – Part 5: The Serious One | How to be good at everything
  4. Watching a Robot Confess | Daily Prompt: Clean House | likereadingontrains
  5. Make your lady happy |
  6. Party Time! |
  7. Why Do We Keep Stuff? | Spirit Lights The Way
  8. The Junk Drawer | retiredruth – Life in the 50’s and beyond
  9. ••Coddled by Thee•• | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
  10. Daily Prompt: Clean House « Mama Bear Musings
  11. Growth Factor | Getting Rid of Junk
  12. “Clutter” Daily Prompt | Finicky Philly
  13. Clean the junk out of your life | Interviews That Matter
  14. All That Junk | Sam’s Online Journal
  15. Daily Prompt: Clean House | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  16. Daily Prompt: Clean House or Cluttered House ? | littlegirlstory
  17. How To Get Rid Of Junk | The Jittery Goat
  18. The Conundrum | Where’s Your Moral Sieve?
  19. Look what I found hiding in the study! | We Live In A Flat
  20. Daily Prompt: Clean House 29|9 | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  21. Daily Prompt: Clean House « Vicariously Poetic
  22. Clutter, Junk & Treasures | Tony’s Texts
  23. Getting Rid of Masher | scribbleglitch
  24. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Clean House (Autumn Arrives)
  25. Duncan the Sushi Roll #15 | Neva Samaki
  26. Daily Prompt: Junk | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  27. Not a true story. | JC Bride ~
  28. Daily Prompt – Clean House | Purplesus’ Blog
  29. Daily Prompt: Clean House | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. Daily Prompt: Clean House | reyoflight
  31. Accumulating Junk | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Resolving Junk | Sogna Grandezza
  33. Space Junk | Just Visiting This Planet
  34. “Clean House” | Relax
  35. Daily Prompt: Clean House | bloobloons
  36. A junkie’s mind. | Crossroads
  37. Desk Jockey junk… | notsinglebutnothappy
  38. Life moves on | crookedeyebrows
  39. Daily Prompt: Clean House | BulgingButtons
  40. Put on hold. | Hunted2Hunter
  42. Out of sight, out of mind | Grandma Drives Me Crazy
  43. Junk | On the Trail of a Gypsy
  44. The Secret Room | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  45. Cleaning up the “Junk”…..or atleast trying! | Life Confusions
  46. Intangible pieces of junk | Madhura’s Musings
  47. DP: Junk | As I See It
  48. Clean House | The Nameless One
  49. Downsizing, Simplifying and Letting Go | Cheri Speak
  50. Daily Prompt: Clean House | Venom’s Blog
  51. Trash or Treasure? | CurTales
  52. The Perils of Intensity | BLUE BEAD PUBLICATIONS

Book reading (Part 2)

“I don’t like snakes,” said Zain, the little boy in the red shirt. “Well, let’s see what you think at the end of the story” I replied with a smile.

At the end of the book reading, Zain had changed his mind and was asking to buy the book “Nadir and the snake”.

I had a small group of children aged between 3 and 6 years and I was reading them my books “Nadir and the snake” and “Nadir and Incy Wincy Spider”. The venue was a very nice place here in Dubai for activities like mini-golf, arts and crafts and cooking for children.

The children were so responsive it was amazing. We all had a lot of fun. The most adorable child was little Sienna who wanted to answer all my questions and also add a few bits of information on her own as well. However, the naughtiest boy in the room was Nadir, my son, who was trying to take my props (paper snakes and spiders). I think he still hasn’t figured out why his Mama was reading “his” books to other children!

After the book reading I read out a few of my poems. (At the ZooA Matter of Mater) I then introduced Nadir to the audience who was wearing a rabbit mask like in the book and was still struggling to get my snake (even though he already had a few similar to it of his own).

At the end was the book signing where the children could choose the color of the giveaways (more spiders and snakes) and have their books signed by me, the author.

Overall it went very well and was good practice for a bigger group as I have some book readings next month in Nadir’s school.


Book Reading

My Books

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated




Children’s toys these days are completely packed with color and are so attractive for kids and adults alike. Each toy has a personality of its own. I love that!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

  1. Nature in All Her Glory | Momdeavor
  2. As The Light Fades… | Fallengirlforever’s Photography Blog
  3. Glorious Harvest Colors | Home’s Cool!
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | 2013 Weekly Photo Challenge Blog
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Memory Catcher
  6. WPC: Saturated or Guate/Street/Art II | Made Up of Borrowings
  7. Weekly photo challenge : saturated | Fallengirlforever’s Photography Blog
  8. wall. flowers. windows. color. | marsowords
  9. Family Day At Kemah Boardwalk | this man’s journey
  10. Wall. Flowers. Windows. Color. | See Diving
  11. Weekly photo challenge – Saturated | con-Stella-rations
  12. La vie en rose… et violet | Neva Samaki
  13. Sated Yet? | Not the Family Business!
  14. Nesting | Detours by Deepali
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | castelsarrasin
  16. Weekly photo challenge: saturated | Jean’s Photography Blog
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | nancy merrill photography
  18. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
  19. Photoworld 28-9-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Baba Yaga Bony Legs
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | ILEANA PARTENIE
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Retired2Travel
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | blueberriejournal
  24. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | Bileam se Donkie
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Raindrops) | What’s (in) the picture?
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | I’m possible
  27. Saturated – Wild Animals. | Anne Squared
  28. Figures in the Snow | Monochrome
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated Sky | Jake Kuyser
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | six degrees photography
  31. Saturated: Take 2 | Today, on Earth
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Colin Butterworth
  33. Stillness in Saturation | Inception
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Something to Ponder About
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | out10about
  36. The Sunset After The Rise | The Bottom of a Bottle
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | From My Horizon
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Tvor Travels
  39. Even rain is saturated | Le Drake Noir
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Berlin’s Horizon | Aylin’s Wonderland
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | StandingStill
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | notsofancynancy
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | mybeautfulthings
  45. Red lanterns | Thin spiral notebook
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | A Really Full Life
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Wanderlust
  48. Saturated | A Happy and Beautiful World
  49. WFC: Saturated…Full….De Bote en Bote! | ilargia64
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Stephen Chapman
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | atreegrowsinbklyn
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The World Is a Book…
  53. Life. Saturated. | We Live In A Flat
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Pêcheur/Angler) | What’s (in) the picture?
  55. From Saturated to Subtle | The Bottom of a Bottle
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | the thirdeyeworld
  57. Saturated Summer Sojourns | The Palladian Traveler
  58. Saturation: Two Sides To A Word | ~xoxo, msL
  59. Saturated with buildings | Summerfield84’s English blog
  60. WPC: Saturated (II) | ilargia64
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Project Remnant Redo
  62. Nicaragua-Saturated : Weekly Photo Challenge | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Plexi Pixie
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge — Saturation; China’s Colorful Ethnic Minorities | Travels and Trifles
  65. be original | yi-ching lin photography
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | verena cave
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Red Eye | Postcards from
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation | imaginations
  69. weekly photo challenge: saturated | Wood Rabbit Journey
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Ritva’s Art too – Photography
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Blossoms | Aylin’s Wonderland
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Foto de Moto
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge : saturated | Mon beau manoir
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED | Pictures From Her Window
  75. Down on Rue St Denis | Beyond the Brush
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Land Slide Photography
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Liberated Traveler
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | wordsvisual
  80. Mural Saturated with Peace (4 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  81. Photo Project “52 Bolivian Sundays” [week 39, ‘Saturated’: the Quena Wood Case]. | 3rdculturechildren
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Human Rights Warrior
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Outreach
  84. Saturation around the world | Travel Photos |
  85. Country Road | CurTales
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | MyBlog – solaner
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Diary of Dennis

In the Future

The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary — abbreviations, slang, new terms.

Conversation between husband and wife over lunch at a restaurant. No words are spoken instead both are furiously tapping away on their “communicators”, their faces expressionless.

He: Wake me at 630 tom. Have early meeting.

She: Sorry my alarm rings at 7. DIY (Do it Yourself)

He: Pls its IAH (important as hell)

She: Baby Z keeps waking me up. Need sleep. DIY

He: (Devil emoticon)

She: DC (Don’t care). BTW NTG (need to get) N a communicator

He: (Fed up emoticon) Hes 4 Why does he need it

She: How else should I talk to him. All the other kids have it.

He: (Fed up as hell emoticon)

She: DC. When will food come. Hungry as hell.

He: DC

Just then the food arrives. Now both husband and wife use one hand to eat and the other is still tapping on the communicator.

She: Dishes (Delicious)

He: Mines ordy (ordinary)

There is a lull in the conversation as they both respond to other video messages and mails. They are still not talking, instead the words they are typing are being converted to video.

They finish their meal and go their separate ways.

She: K (That was a nice meal thanks)

He: K (See you later, bye)

Daily Prompt: 2100

  1. Time and place for meditation | Inside My Glitching Mind
  2. I am my mother’s wild future | shame
  3. 2100 | Geek Ergo Sum
  4. Thoughts on Blogging | We Live In A Flat
  5. Slang? No, Thank you! | Life Confusions
  6. Daily Prompt: 2100 « Mama Bear Musings
  7. Werd… [Daily Prompt: 2100] | unknowinglee
  8. •• SDMO: Art House •• | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
  9. An Interview With William Shakespeare | The Jittery Goat
  10. Daily Prompt: 2100 The language of the future | littlegirlstory
  11. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  12. Fandipdopdabulous! | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  13. Allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Lol. Jk. | sayanything
  14. Daily Prompt: 2100 Language of the Future | Photos and writings
  15. Bacon Nation | My OCD Diaries
  16. Enter, Eccentrica Gallumbits… | alienorajt
  17. I Have Seen The Future | Just Visiting This Planet
  18. K. Ttyl. | Crossroads
  19. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  20. Daily Prompt: 2100 is a # away | Pooja calling
  21. The Life of i | JC Bride ~
  22. Not down with slang | Motherhood and Beyond
  23. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Future
  24. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Future Verse | mattsden101
  25. Can I really imagine the language of the future? | Rob’s Surf Report
  26. A future of hairballs | Purple Rosemary
  27. Daily Prompt: 2100 Globish | gabrielleablackwell
  28. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Steve Says….
  29. Daily Prompt : 2100 | Travelandfoodworldwide
  30. “Future” | Relax
  31. Let’s talk, no matter how | Life is great
  32. Hold onto your hats kids, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride! | Girlie Groove
  33. …and new forms conquered the old, Joshua Tree | The RunningFather Blog
  34. The Future Beyond 2100…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  35. Instantané : Future | Icezine
  36. One Starving Activist
  37. Daily Prompt: Twenny Wun Hunnid | My Atheist Blog
  38. 2100 | The Nameless One
  39. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Jasper Smits
  40. ie iou ooa (Life without consonants) | The Otter in my Jotter
  41. Who are you? I’m 143392|||||/\_|||||#6672, of course. | thoughtsofrkh
  42. Uphirst this Pollocks! | Standing Ovation, Seated
  43. Daily Prompt: 2100 | To Breathe is to Write
  44. Y u wanna kno dis | crookedeyebrows
  45. Daily Prompt 2100: Running to the future | The Land Slide Photography
  46. This is SO cool! | Things That Never Made It Into Print…
  47. What do prithee and probably have in common? | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  48. What if the language of the future is unspoken? | Okay, what if ?
  49. Future Glory |
  50. No Change In 2100 | Flowers and Breezes
  51. Daily Prompt: 2100 | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  52. The Future of Arguing with Henry Longfellow, Brought to You by Star Trek | The Arkside of Thought
  53. Daily Prompt: 2100 | The Daily Post « The Blogging Path
  54. If I Live To Be 111 | Along Life’s Road
  55. Nah, Me Speeka Da Engrish… | Mrs. All Screwed Up
  56. Daily post: Language 2100? Don’t want to know | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  57. Puffknuckle | Godrick Gnomish
  58. 2010 Peer to Peer Communication | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More


You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?

My husband has just received an offer letter for the dream job he was hoping for. What do we do? Well, we are beyond the jumping for joy or screaming in delight stage. The last time I remember doing that was around 20 years ago when Pakistan won the Cricket world Cup against England. (Am I really that old??)

What I usually do is to call up family and tell them the good news and then maybe go out for a nice dinner with them. That’s all.

So what happens with age that we change the way we celebrate good news. Have I matured over the years or just lost some enthusiasm for life? I can safely say that the amount of happiness I feel at hearing good news has not diminished. Then why is the reaction different?

20 years ago I didn’t have any responsibilities other than doing well in my studies. I remember that golden time in Pakistan’s cricket era was the same year I took my O’Levels. The only stressful happenings in life were contemplating how many ‘A’s I would get. Now when there is good news there are so many other things to think about. A new job means a move to a new country and its associated challenges. One cannot celebrate with the abandon of a teenager.

Having said that maybe I just need my home country to win another World Cup and I’ll be jumping up and down in delight!

Daily Prompt: Celebrate Good Times

Rocket to space

For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?

Yesterday my son ate a plateful of fish and had a terrible allergic reaction to it. He was vomiting all afternoon. I had to give him a Motilium suppository to stop him from vomiting. My husband was not at home and I was panicking because I’ve never seen him so sick. His doctor doesn’t take calls and only responds to messages and I needed an immediate answer. So I took him to the emergency of another clinic where the doctor told me to give him another suppository after 6 hours and if he kept on vomiting till the next day I should take him to the hospital for an IV.

Thankfully he didn’t vomit again and I didn’t even have to repeat the suppository. At dinner time he managed to retain a bread roll and some juice. He slept through the night and today he is his normal chatty self.

If time had stood still yesterday I would have removed the plate of fish and replaced it with chicken.

On a lighter note when I tried to give him the suppository he was comparing himself to the big bad wolf. The three little pigs put a rocket on his tail and sent him to outer space.

“I don’t want to go to another planet”, said my nearly 4 yr old as he tearfully refused the medicine.

Daily Prompt: Standstill

  1. What if time stands still? | Okay, what if ?
  2. Daily Prompt: Standstill | GG’s World
  3. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Tiz A Pic A Day
  4. DP: Stillness | As I See It
  5. The Action of Stillness: Still Life | Thinking Through My Lens
  6. Rusty: Holding Still | Walk With Me
  7. When Time Stands Still, I’m Trumping Trump | The Arkside of Thought
  8. Daily post: Standstill | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  9. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Overcoming Bloglessness
  10. Pogo | Fields to Run
  11. Wordless Wednesday | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  12. Standstill | scribbleglitch
  13. Highway Flowers
  14. Frozen in time | prettypinkpebbles
  15.  Tomorrow | shame
  16. Donna has the doggy zoomies | We Live In A Flat
  17. The Calm Before The Storm | The Magic Black Book
  18. My Yahoo! Updated but I can’t switch back if it’s not for me | DCMontreal
  19. All sort of radio signals piercing human body | Inside My Glitching Mind
  20. Daily Prompts – Stand Still | Lux
  21. Waters with a Taste of Mountains. | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  22. Daily Prompt: Stillness | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  23. A Hat Full Of Light. | The Ambitious Drifter
  24. Daily Prompt: Standstill « Mama Bear Musings
  25. 12 April 1982: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  26. White Pine (Stillness) | photo potpourri
  27. The stillness is here. The silence is ringing in my ears. | mostlytrueramblings
  28. Wibble Wobble Timey Wimey stuff « RPMAS
  29. Stillness | Motherhood and Beyond
  30. Daily Prompt: Standstill 24|9 | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  31. When I Think of 2… | gorgeous little thieves
  32. ✾⌚-if time stood still-⌚✾ | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
  33. I Wish I Were… | Hotel Goddess
  34. Barefoot In The Park | Just Visiting This Planet
  35. Standstill | Kate Murray
  36. Daily prompt: Stillness | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  37. Chad Ties-Up Time (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  38. Escape [Daily Prompt: Standstill] | unknowinglee
  39. Stillness | Travel with Intent
  40. Stillness | The Rider
  41. Daily Prompt; Standstill | terry1954
  42. Standstill | It’s My Box
  43. Daily Prompt: Standstill, stay alive | littlegirlstory
  44. Kids Ears Clogged? | Parents Are People Too
  45. Daily Prompt: Standstill – A Deep Stillness | SERENDIPITY
  46. One Tiny Change | Tony’s Texts
  47. Before The Storm Breaks | Flowers and Breezes
  48. Freeze Frame | Cowgirl Up!
  49. In the still of the night | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  50. “Stillness” | Relax
  51. I Miss Home | Eikons
  52. In the future, don’t stash your freeze ray with me | sayanything
  53. Time Stands Still | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  54. Bloom and Wither | The Gallas Daily News
  55. Standstill. | A Ripple In Culture
  56. Daily Prompt – Short story: Standstill | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  57. Stillness | Lori’s Life and Other Stuff
  58. Stand Still, O Beautiful End | crookedeyebrows
  59. Still… | Haiku By Ku
  60. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Stand Still
  61. Stillness, Joshua Tree | The RunningFather Blog
  62. Still standing | Le Drake Noir
  63. A nice chat | Life is great
  64. It’s a Pterodactyl! – Daily Prompt: Time Stands Still, Sunday Stills and Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Animal’s | Babsje Heron
  65. Standstill | The Nameless One
  66. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  67. To Tweak or Not to Tweak: That is the Question | Iam Who Iam
  68. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Jasper Smits
  69. A Moment of Peace | the curious traveler
  70. Stillness is Wasting time | ayimas
  71. Daily Post: Stillness | Finding Magic
  72. Stillness | Chatoyancy Underground
  73. One Last Salam | mardmood
  74. road curves | Her Broken Nibs
  75. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Let There be Peace on Earth
  76. Stillness | Daily Observations
  77. Daily Prompt: Standstill | The Land Slide Photography
  78. I don’t like Tuesdays, but if I had to have a slightly longer one… | thoughtsofrkh
  79. Time Is Just An Illusion! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  80. The Tweak Fairy | JC Bride ~
  81. One Starving Activist
  82. Daily Prompt: Sit Stay! The Gift of Stillness | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
  83. Bye bye Bashar | djgarcia94
  84. The Otter in my Jotter
  85. If time stands still. | prettypinkpebbles
  86. Daily Prompt- Stand Still | jansideas
  87. NOBODY MOVE! ~ I’ve Dropped Me Brain… | Random Thoughts Of A Mad Music Fan
  88. The loud Silence | tokʞaali’s blog/site/ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ
  89. When Time Stopped #microfiction #amwriting | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  90. A Perfect Moment in Time? | Bright Tuesday
  91. Daily Prompt // stillness | simplylifestuff
  92. Stillness | Mareship
  93. Duncan’s Monthly Special! #1 | Neva Samaki
  94. Gulliver’s Democracy: Fragments of Democracy in a World in Fragments… | vicbriggs’s Blog
  95. Daily Post: The Calm before the Glider’s Fate | Nicki
  96. Could I really function in split time? | Rob’s Surf Report
  97. Standstill | Danny James
  98. What Would You Do with Your One Moment? | melanielynngriffin
  99. Stillness | The Silver Leaf Journal
  100. WD Prompt: The Never-Ending Dream | The State of the Mind in a Dream
  101. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Around and About The Pacific Northwest
  102. The Cancellation | iBelieve
  103. Time Stands Still | smilingbug
  104. Daily Prompt Challenge – Stillness | soletusknow
  105. Supporting the filibuster on the floor of the Senate re defunding of Obamacare | Chasing Rabbit Holes
  106. Daily Prompt: Standstill | lifebeinggirly
  107. Not More Time Travel | tuckedintoacorner
  108. DP Poem: Be Still | ChristianBlessings
  109. The Obsessed List
  110. Daily Prompt: Stillness & Blogger Pedantry | The Inquisitive Feline
  111. Stillness in green | See Diving
  112. Stillness | momasteblog
  113. Daily Prompt: Standstill | Edge of the Forest
  114. Time and Tide.. | The Lesser Canine

Quelling Anger

Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph:

“He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

He had told her that he would be going out with friends that night, so she expected him to be late. But when she got up in the morning, he still hadn’t returned. And there were no messages on her phone.

She began to be worried. She tried calling him but his phone was off. He hadn’t told her where he was going and with whom. So who was she supposed to call now? When she looked out the window she saw there had been a storm at night. She started thinking of the worst. Had there been an accident on the highway? Should she call the police or the hospitals?

An hour passed. Her phone beeped. He had messaged her. An incoherent message, something about his phone battery being discharged and a night spent sleeping in the car. Her worry changed to anger. How could he be so irresponsible? Didn’t he know how worried she would get?

Another beep. This time he was telling her that he would sleep a bit and come home in an hour and a half. She was fuming now. He had offered her no apologies or explanations.

She would teach him a lesson. She got out her car and left. “Don’t expect me to be waiting for you at home” she thought to herself. Around two hours later when she was in the mall, her phone rang. He was calling her. She turned it to silent. “That will serve him right. Let HIM worry now.”

Several missed calls later she turned for home. It had started to rain heavily. She could hardly see the road. She didn’t feel so clever now and wished she had just stayed at home.

When she reached home he was waiting by the door for her. “Where were you? I’ve been worried sick” he shouted.

“Wait a minute! I’m supposed to ask you that?” They got into a shouting match. Thankfully their son was at school and didn’t have to hear them. Maybe that’s why they didn’t bother keeping their voices down. She was so angry that he had asked her for an explanation. She grabbed the little dinosaur lying on the floor and threw it at him. It hit him on the face. He looked around for something to retaliate with. On the table next to him were his son’s construction vehicles. She ducked and something hit the wall behind her.

“I can’t believe it,” she thought to herself.  “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

She must have said it out loud because he burst out laughing. “No silly, that’s a front digger!” And they both laughed together.

Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur

  1. Quintet | Markovich Arts
  2. Non Sequitur | The Magic Black Book
  3. Non Sequitur | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  4. Great Blue Heron (Daily Prompt: Non-sequitur) | photo potpourri
  5. Go Ask Alice | Just Visiting This Planet
  6. Button Factory | Motherhood and Beyond
  7. Rampant Hedgehogs! | alienorajt
  8. Go Ask Alice | Just Visiting This Planet
  9. Romantically Desperate ! | Life Confusions
  10. What the Forklift? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  11. What The Fork! | Crossroads
  12. Men Swear | Rebekkah Mee
  13. Non-sequitur | As I See It
  14. Organized Labor Rage (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  15. Non Sequitur | The verbal hedge
  16. Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  17. Non Sequitur – The Unfollower. | The Ambitious Drifter
  18. Non Sequitur | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  19. Forking Hell! | The life of T
  20. Of Mutants and Robots | JC Bride ~
  21. Psychology or psychopathic? | Inside of love
  22. Well Past Midnight | crookedeyebrows
  23. Road kill | dawnyhosking
  24. A Quiet Day in the Country | The Silver Leaf Journal
  25. What Kind of Underwear Does Your Character Wear? [Standing Stone] « RPMAS
  26. Are you ready? | Nerdy Woman
  27. Non Sequitur, Nonet | Danny James
  28. Daily Prompt: Fork Me!!! | Iam Who Iam
  29. A love affair I have every Autumn. | ExLibrisMachina
  30. One Last Burst of Summer Color | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  31. Getting Ready | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Non Sequitur | The Nameless One
  33. Do I even exist? | The Otter in my Jotter
  34. Plans Non Sequitur? Just make it work, okay? | lifebeinggirly
  35. Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur | bloobloons
  36. “How to write better” | SueAnn Porter
  37. Dummies, Forklifts, and the Meaning of Life | Conversations
  38. Are You Doing IT Right? | Spirit Lights The Way
  39. Stop the presses! (fiction) | Life is great
  40. Matt Mitrione: A UFC Non Sequitur Poem | Sogna Grandezza
  41. Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur « Mama Bear Musings
  42. Really make sense to you, do I? | Rob’s Surf Report
  43. Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur | A Mixed Bag
  44. THE LEGO NIGHTMARE AND BEAUTY | Standing Ovation, Seated
  45. Down By the River | Winding Road
  46. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur
  47. “Non Sequitur” | Relax
  48. Non sequitur | Sue’s Trifles
  49. Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur | Vagabond
  50. Owning the Pronoun, Means Owning the Love (Daily Prompt: Non Sequitur) | Running with Reality