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