Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect?

  1. Invisibility | Godrick Gnomish
  2. Just Noise (Depapepe Fan) | Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | likereadingontrains
  3. Time for tea | Markovich Arts
  4. Inside the crate staring out | We Live In A Flat
  5. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? « Mama Bear Musings
  6. Moods and melody | Crossroads
  7. I wish I could sing | Motherhood and Beyond
  8. A Daily Prompt Poem: Talent « Vicariously Poetic
  9. I’m not just whispering for the sake of it. It’s for your benefit too. | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Talent? Maybe. Or How to Burn Water. « RPMAS
  11. Oh, For The Joy To Play Anything | The Jittery Goat
  12. Daily Prompt – practice makes perfect | Kate Murray
  13. Practice Hard | crookedeyebrows
  14. I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free….. | mostlytrueramblings
  15. Have A Talent? | Tony’s Texts
  16. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect! | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  17. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Practive Makes Perfect
  18. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? 22|9 | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  19. Talent? Nothing You Could Bank On. | The Ambitious Drifter
  20. Flying On Empty Thoughts | Shaking All Over
  21. Fall. — Color it in…One Piece at a Time | mommyverbs
  22. A Dream Unfinished | Flowers and Breezes
  23. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  24. I love to singa! | Neva Samaki
  25. Ah! To be a Siren, a Mermaid… | alienorajt
  26. the UNCATEGORISED | Practice Makes Perfect? | the TRASH BASH
  27. Art Class | Conversations
  28. Singing my heart out?or atleast trying! | Life Confusions
  29. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | Thoughts & Reflections
  30. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | bloobloons
  31. 181. I Know it’s There Somewhere | Barely Right of Center
  32. Practice Makes Perfect? | Khana’s Web
  33. Talented Statue | Travel with Intent
  34. Talent | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  35. Practice Makes Perfect | lifebeinggirly
  36. The Artist | Barefoot in Paris
  37. Talent: A Letter to my Followers | The Magic Black Book
  38. If I Were Artistically Inclined… | Creative Mysteries
  39. Let’s talk … | Rock it classy
  40. Baking in Paper | JC Bride ~
  41. Daily Prompt: Practice makes perfect | Steve Says….
  42. RV » Talent?
  43. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect | My Endless Rants & Ramblings
  44. I Don’t Want to Learn, I Want to Do | Nerdy Woman
  45. Talented | dandelionsinwind
  46. Too lazy to pursue | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  47. Practice Makes Perfect? | The Nameless One
  48. Practice Does Make It Perfect | mardmood
  49. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect | Ruminations & Observations…
  50. Talent | Arts View NC
  51. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | Moments Thru Lens
  52. Crochet… Practice makes perfect – The Sassy Pony Blog
  53. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | Art! | reyoflight
  54. Faceplant! – Daily Prompt: Practice makes Perfect | Babsje Heron
  55. Drawing and Painting | Sogna Grandezza
  56. Living Within Your Harvest is a Talent you can Practice | gorgeous little thieves
  57. The Dream Catcher | prettypinkpebbles
  58. Talent | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  59. Gently Weeping Over My Guitar | Just Visiting This Planet
  60. Practice Makes Perfect? | Write on J.B.
  61. Daily Prompt: TALENT | Far from Done
  62. One Starving Activist
  63. Look on the bright side | The Otter in my Jotter
  64. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? (The Daily Post) | Luna’s Imagination Igloo
  65. Drops of Water and Grains of Sand | Maggie’s Stories
  66. My Talents… | Haiku By Ku
  67. ballerina | Mareship
  68. Daily Prompt: If only I could…. | storyofmylife1993
  69. The Hopelessly Voiceless Starlet (Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect) | Running with Reality
  70. What if I could be an artist? | Okay, what if ?
  71. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | The Blogging Path
  72. Tooth Rescue…Who Knew?…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  73. Practice Makes Perfect? | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  74. Wanted Talents | The Spacebear’s Blog
  75. Sing, sing a song | Life is great
  76. Flaunt It? | CurTales
  77. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | grafiklit
  78. On Laziness : Practice Makes Perfect | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  79. Life In The Fast Lane | Wiley’s Wisdom
  80. Practice Makes Perfect? | Perfect Medium.
  81. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! | Emotional Resonance and Rocket Launchers
  82. DP: I wish I could sing. | Write in the Wrong Way
  83. If I Could Do Anything | tuckedintoacorner
  84. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | Overcoming Bloglessness
  85. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect | Edge of the Forest
  86. If I Had Talents, How Talented I Would Be! | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  87. 5 Talents I’d Love to Have | rarasaur
  88. Daily post: Practice makes perfect… | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  89. The Talent I Don’t Have :/ | The Arkside of Thought
  90. Sister, can you spare some time? | sltimewellwasted
  91. Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect? | This is ME, you know.
  92. Practice Makes Perfect? | tjbarkerseattle

Book Reading

I have a book reading coming up at the end of the month for kids aged 3-6 yrs. I’ve prepared some props and giveaways to go with my books “Nadir and the snake” and “Nadir and Incy Wincy Spider”. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

I hope the kids enjoy the reading as much as I’m enjoying preparing for it!

Applying for a visa

What’s the most dreadful (or wonderful) experience you’ve ever had as a customer?

Many years ago I applied for a US visa from my home country. My brother was working as a doctor in the US and I wanted to visit him. Now since you are paying for the visa you are a customer and it’s only fair to expect some good service in return.

I first had to queue outside the embassy. I remember the place where I was standing had no shade and it was in the hot months of summer. There was an old gentleman who had turned up wearing a suit in his zeal to impress. After standing for about an hour he collapsed and was helped by others also standing in the queue. Nobody from inside the embassy came to help.

When I finally got inside, there was another queue to deal with. When I reached the counter I remember the man interrogating me like a suspect. He asked me about my work, (I was working for a telecom company at that time) and would stare at me for a few seconds after I answered as if to judge whether I was telling the truth or not.

I got a 5 year multiple visit visa. I never went to visit my brother but I did visit the US years later with my husband.

The best experience I had with visa applications was recently when I applied for a Turkish visa from my country of residence. We waited in a room for around 10 minutes before being called to the counter by a friendly visa officer who checked our papers and then offered to give me a 2 year visa instead of the 1 year I had applied for.

Daily Prompt: Are you being served?

  1. It’s Hot in Mike’s Kitchen | In Harmony
  2. Things You Should Not Say To Me While Ringing Up My Purchases | Lori’s Life and Other Stuff
  3. 178. Customer Service | Barely Right of Center
  4. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | મન ની વાત
  5. Early Dessert? | Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? BAD service!!! | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  7. May I have your order? | Crossroads
  8. I Have Secret, Invisible Items. | tuckedintoacorner
  9. Rite of labour | shame
  10. Why? | That’s Just The Way It Is
  11. May I have your order? | Crossroads
  12. ••Gone Terribly Wrong•• | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
  13. The 65 dollar cup of coffeee « RPMAS
  14. Daily Prompt: Service | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  15. Well, aint that just finer n frog hair | mostlytrueramblings
  16. The New iOS 7 | Anchors Aweigh
  17. Daily Prompt: Are You Being Served? | Under the Monkey Tree
  18. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? > Served with Gratitude | From Ground to Home
  19. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | lifebeinggirly
  20. Unemployed; The Worst Of Times And The Best Of Times | The Jittery Goat
  21. Service | Motherhood and Beyond
  22. Daily Prompt: Server Not Found! | DCMontreal
  23. I just wanted to run away | crookedeyebrows
  24. M. Le Serveur | Barefoot in Paris
  25. You Don’t Look Good With Socks and Sandals | sayanything
  26. Customer service makes me want to cry | It’s a Fine Line
  27. WordPress Daily Prompt: Are you being served | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Daily Prompt: Are You Being Served? « Mama Bear Musings
  29. SERVICE WITH A SMILE | Dear Yolandi
  30. Service With a Smile? Not Likely… | Just Visiting This Planet
  31. The good the bad and the… | dawnyhosking
  32. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | The Story of a Guy
  33. You just cannot get the staff! | alienorajt
  34. Have You been Served? | Along Life’s Road
  35. Once upon a time in a diner | SueAnn Porter
  36. Daily prompt : Are you being served ? | jansideas
  37. DTP 2 PRINT – Best Service in Years! | Sula1968’s Blog
  38. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? Chaos and Madness at AT&T | SERENDIPITY
  39. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | Vagabond
  40. Good Service… | Haiku By Ku
  41. The Family Book | Life is great
  42. The Family Book | From Five to Fifty
  43. A Perfect Day…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  44. Service in the Hutong. | The Land Slide Photography
  45. Daily Prompt: Are you being served? | My Atheist Blog
  46. “Service” | Relax
  47. Are you being served? | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  48. “I’m Sorry, But We’re All Out” | Here’s My Heart & Here’s My Mouth
  49. Are You Being Served? | Flowers and Breezes
  50. It’s Toni Thursday! Spokes-Snail of the ISBM at your service! | Janey Macken Street!
  51. Are you being served? | Dreams Will Catch You
  52. Have I really been served? | Rob’s Surf Report
  53. Sorry, No Portuguese! | Pink Bubbly
  54. How may I help you? Syke! | A Short A Day

Getting to school

“I’ll put you in jail and lock you up” announced the little boy with the Dusty backpack.

“Then who will run the nursery?” answered the Principal with a wry smile on her face.

The little boy’s embarrassed mother hovered behind him. “Oh he’s just being a policeman today..” she said weakly to the Principal.

That’s my son as he entered the nursery today. Every day getting him inside is a monumental task. Today he went of his own accord but apparently it was to make this announcement. He’s not even scared of his Principal. Everyone is scared of her, even me.

My mother has promised to give him a prize at the end of the week if he goes every day without making a fuss. She’s bought a few small windup toys to give him, a little footballer that walks, a little penguin, an airplane with a pilot in it and a crab inside a shell. But even giving him a little incentive is not working.

Yesterday it took me 20 minutes to get him inside. 10 minutes he was squatting near the car and refusing to budge and another 10 minutes outside the nursery door. Finally I had to ask the assistant to come and get him.

I talked to his teacher about it. She told me that as soon as he enters the class he forgets that he didn’t want to come. He works well the whole day and interacts with everyone. All this fuss is just for me.

It starts when he finishes his breakfast. “Ok now get ready for school”, I tell him as I pack his bag. “I don’t want to go to school. I want to play with my toys.”

He’s too big now for me to physically bundle him into the car and into the school. I have to convince him somehow. And he doesn’t tell me why he doesn’t want to go. “You’re alone at home and there are no other girls or boys to play with”, I try to tell him, but all my arguments fall on deaf ears.

My husband works in another country during the week so it’s all up to me to get him to school every day. Yesterday I was so stressed out I ended up in tears. I’ve tried everything and I don’t know what to do now.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue

  1. Flying lessons | Thin spiral notebook
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – Long walks and dark chocolate
  3. Weekly writing challenge: Dialogue | La chica de la burbuja
  4. The Answer | Proverbs 31 Teen
  5. Intermission | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  6. V is for Vitroil | Anecdote Love
  7. Edifice of Love | A beetle with earrings
  8. Lets Talk About Warriors. | Many More Ripples
  9. Weekly writing challenge: Dialogue | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue — Hello, I’m your wife. I live here! | SERENDIPITY
  11. The Preferred Destination | anniethinksabout
  12. For the Children with Specs | Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student
  13. The Reunion | Spinning a Yarn~~
  15. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue response | TheStrangersLetters
  16. A special bond | Master Of Disaster
  17. Two Old Men « On the Windowsill
  18. The last stance | MC’s Whispers
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | DG
  20. Eleven Months | Fish Of Gold
  21. What | Not Enough Poetry
  22. Saturday Walk | Not Enough Poetry
  23. The Albatross… | ©ontinental boy
  24. Night Air, Warm and Smoky | Not Enough Poetry
  25. A Perfect Day At Sea | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  26. The Story of The Lance | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  27. uh oh… a clogged toilet | Musings of a Random Mind
  28. The Lost Letter #dailypost #history #poetry #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  29. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. Flirtation – not everyone gets it | mostlytrueramblings
  31. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue. | Nomad Scribbles
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – Country Tale | SERENDIPITY
  33. Incomplete | For the love of sharing awesomeness
  34. Mastering the Kama… eh, whatever | Not the fat kid in gym class anymore…
  35. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – The End Of Something Special | The Story of a Guy
  36. Name tags | Mark Evans
  37. The Pyjama Girl. | Janey Macken Street!
  38. Killing the cobbler | James Clegg
  39. Anne of Clean Tables: How a famous writer encouraged a wanna-be writer to write, right. | I am not what I am.
  40. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – Peace Wall | Nomadic Gregoires
  41. Tell me how it is, Doc. | Anthony’s Heart Valve Replacement Saga
  42. Two way communication | Le Drake Noir
  43. Breaking News | 2twistedforcolortv
  44. WWC: The Oppressor | Kingdom of Sharks
  45. Jabberwocky: Dialogue With Attitude… | alienorajt
  46. Of Schnoodles and Twerking | Farfetched Friends
  47. The Bullet (# 2) | Rolbos ©
  48. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | imaginations
  49. Everyone, meet Mandy! | My August Hands
  50. The hardest word | Fifty Words a Day
  51. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue. About goats. | Geography: It’s Awesome
  52. Hourglass | raggykate
  53. The call | Motherhood and Beyond
  54. WP22: Stability Tree | My Amphitheater
  55. WP20: Body and Soul | My Amphitheater
  56. WP18: Breaking News | My Amphitheater
  57. Weekly Writing Challenge: Frozen in TIme | Inspire
  58. Moving on | Spinning a Yarn~~
  59. The innocent question… | gaurimaini
  60. DPchallenge – Dramione fanfic (an original of mine) | Body, Mind, & Soul
  61. DPchallenge – Dramione original | Body, Mind, & Soul
  62. 3rdculturechildren
  63. Myself and the little voices in my head discuss an article on ‘Working Mothers’… | 3rdculturechildren
  64. After Life | Confused Humanity
  65. I will not hold your hand, nor will I hide. | Write in the Wrong Way
  66. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue: Waking Up | MythRider
  67. Operation Spider Rescue | Gnome Lover
  68. The Spelling Bee | A String of Pearls
  69. Khalin Kros – Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Just Keep Swimming
  70. Child Soldiers (Weekly Writing Challenge) | Icezine
  71. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – Landmine | SERENDIPITY
  72. I’m Pregnant | Axe Girl
  73. Scene from the coffee shop. | Crossroads
  74. Sense & Sensitivity | marsowords
  75. Dialogue | thexienator
  76. Weekly Writing Challenge turned Story-Telling Time | ekko.mee
  77. The Call…(Weekly WP challenge) | Daily Observations
  78. Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Evelinasec’s Blog
  79. Internet Installation Saga | Hills Surround Her
  80. Six years in the making | The weird truth
  81. Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Poeme Sur Le Web Blog
  82. Inside the closet : Dailypost prompt – Dialogue | Busy Mind Thinking
  83. it all comes right back around | wannabepoet
  84. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | cognitive reflection
  85. I’ll Cross That Bridge…Never | This Is My Corn
  86. Short story | dawnyhosking
  87. Dialogue | Flickr Comments
  88. Platypus | Bright Moments Catcher
  89. The best woman in the world | From Five to Fifty
  90. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | My Atheist Blog
  91. The Case Manager | A String of Pearls
  92. Kids Say the Darndest Things, and Have Meltdowns at Parties | NobsLyfe
  93. Word Traffic Court | Alphabet Story
  94. Dedicated to Our Own Psychosis | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  95. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue –A Twist | Inner Quest Wanderer
  96. Infinite Infinities | Passive Good Mornings
  97. If Love Be Rough | The Silver Leaf Journal
  98. Strong for Someone Else | Avoiding Neverland
  99. Writing Challenge | While We’re Free
  100. Miscarriage | vicbriggs’s Blog
  101. “What the f*ck … | gabrielleablackwell
  102. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Irregular Ventilator
  103. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Workarena
  104. The Ex | Nicki
  105. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | Joe’s Musings
  106. Summers 5B | Keigh Ahr
  107. Two Truths. And A Lie. Part I. | A Ripple In Culture
  108. Growing Up with Verbal and Physical Abuse, part 2: A True Story | The Psych Word
  109. Weekly Writing Challenge: Marry me? | Life of a Fallen Angel
  110. Lost | Harcourt 51
  111. Lost | Sufficient for Each Day
  112. Lost | Sufficient for Each Day
  113. Weekly Writing Challenge: Only One Way | Creative Mysteries

Guess who I am!

“Oh no, here she comes again!” I thought to myself as I heard her coming up the steps.”Must have had some sort of inspiration”.

Sure enough she was soon tapping on my keys and reading my screen as her thoughts transformed into words. It was interesting to read what she had to say but sometimes a fellow just needs a snooze. And why can’t she close the Adobe Photoshop application. It really is a load on my brain. All that processing!

When she finished typing she pressed a few buttons here and there and then waited. Just sitting there and staring. What now? Put the screen down and let me snooze. Please! But no, she’s waiting for comments and likes to pop up. She likes that doesn’t she?

Today was the limit. She put up my screen and googled for origami instructions and started making spiders. Apparently she’s having some sort of book reading for kids and she’s preparing for it. I know because I helped her to design some flyers and print them. She was up till late last night making some bookmarks too.

She keeps moving me here and there. I don’t like that. It’s not good for me in my old age. I like my place by the window in the study. But sometimes she takes me to the dining table and sometimes to her bedroom.

And her terror tot! I’m terrified of him. Tries to take out my keys, the ‘N’ key is hanging precariously as a result. And wants to turn me off whenever he can without shutting down my applications. What a breach of protocol! I think he doesn’t like his Mama working on me. Keeps saying “Mama are you doing computer?” I mean what kind of grammar is that?

Aah, now she’s gone again. Great I’m off to nap.

Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow

  1. Daily Instagram Pictures. Quintet | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Daily Instagram Pictures. Accordionist | Bright Moments Catcher
  3. Вечеринка удалась | Отдых на природе
  4. Jumdel…Jubmel… Jumled…DOG here! | alienorajt
  5. Not keeping calm but carrying on – another update on managing thunder phobia | We Live In A Flat
  6. No, my snout… nooooo | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  7. Monopoly Money | Prayers and Promises
  8. What am I to a cat? | The Ambitious Drifter
  9. The feeling of freedom | MC’s Whispers
  10. Daily Prompt: FeeFee, The Cat Says Meow | littlegirlstory
  11. The Cat Says Meow | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. Paco’s Poem on Tuesday: One Known Pleasure. | Janey Macken Street!
  13. Our Daily Escapades | Imagineer @ Work
  14. I think she’s weird. | Crossroads
  15. Oh, he really needs a wife or a keeper « RPMAS
  16. Daily Prompt: The cat says meow | lifebeinggirly
  17. Daily prompt: The cat says meow. | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  18. ••Infinity•• | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
  19. My Lover | Tony’s Texts
  20. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow | BulgingButtons
  21. I Kinda Like Her | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  22. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow | Under the Monkey Tree
  23. If My Note Pads Could Speak | The Jittery Goat
  24. Open your eyes and see ME | dawnyhosking
  25. Katydid (Perspective) | photo potpourri
  26. Daily Prompt: Smile and say Bickilits! | Nicki
  27. Jake’s Take on Eilene: Cat Says Meow | Randomness Expressed
  28. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow | મન ની વાત
  29. Daily Prompt: Perspective | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  30. Daily Prompt: Jasper, The Dog | The Story of a Guy
  31. The Cat’s Pajamas | Just Visiting This Planet
  32. Daily Prompt: Great Nights, Less Often. | Testimonies of a Liar
  33. The Cat Says | Going New Places!
  34. “Perspective” | Relax
  35. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow- Perspective | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  37. The Cat Says Meow: I am his room | crookedeyebrows
  38. Perception is 9 Tenths of Reality | The Cosmic Carousel
  39. The daily trials of Miu, whom I call Niko. | Rob’s Surf Report
  40. Old companions | Life is great
  41. Chronicles of Yordhu | Neva Samaki
  42. DP: The Cat Says Meow | A Blog’s Life
  43. Danger Zone | Journey Taker
  44. Daily Prompt: The cat says meow | Valley Girl Gone Country
  45. from the tales of an unrested laptop. | EMBRACE YOU
  46. Youth versus Age: Emotional Fitness Tips | Emotional Fitness
  47. Rawr! [Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow] | unknowinglee
  48. Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow | Romelga writes
  49. We Were The Stars | Flowers and Breezes

A Day in Paris

What if you let your dark side take over?

An unfortunate event has allowed the Devil to own your soul. He has decided to give you a chance to get it back but to win it you must bring a smile to the Devil’s face with your actions. He allows you to have one full day in which you can do anything your heart desires without fear of consequences, retaliation, retribution or prosecution.

The alarm rang at 7:15 am at the usual time. But something was different about today. As I opened my eyes I noticed that my son had not wriggled his way into my bed in the middle of the night. I felt incredibly rested.  I made my way to the toilet and almost tripped over an open suitcase lying in the way. It had my best tops and my Dior shoes neatly packed in it. “That’s odd” I thought to myself as I didn’t remember packing anything.

Something on the table caught my eye; my camera lying on the table and underneath it my passport and a return ticket to Paris. “Paris!” My heart skipped a beat or two. I pinched myself. “Ouch that hurt!”

I heard water running in the toilet and saw my son standing on his stool and brushing his teeth.

“You don’t have to go to school today.” My own words surprised me. I looked in the mirror. Same old me.

When we came downstairs I saw the maid reading a list of instructions for the day. Today she was going to look after my son and I was going to Paris.

On the airport somebody escorted me through immigration and within minutes I was in the plane. In the first class suite on the new A380. Now I was really beginning to think I had sold my soul to the devil.

At Charles de Gaulle I was met with a handsome young Parisian who was to be my tour guide for the day. He showed me around the city like I had never seen before. At night we had dinner near the Eiffel tower and I wore my Dior shoes and my best top and felt like a queen.

I took the last flight home. When I reached home my son was still awake. He was waiting for me. “I missed you Mama!”

“You’re my real hero! I said as I put him to sleep.


I need ’em all

If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?

Last year my son was studying about the five senses. “The eyes are for seeing, the hands are for touching, the nose is for smelling, the ears are for hearing..”

“And what is the tongue for?” I asked. “For sticking out!” is the cheeky reply I got.

He doesn’t know yet what a blessing the five senses are even though every minute he is using them all to soak in his atmosphere.

Without my eyes I would not have seen the beautiful sights around the world from the Eiffel tower swathed in a golden light, the architecture of Rome, the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza to heavenly Switzerland.

Without my hands I would not be able to paint or craft or know the pleasure of creating something with my own hands.

Without my nose, well without my nose I would just look funny wouldn’t I? And not know what flowers smelt like. I wouldn’t even know when to change pampers when my son was little!

Without my tongue I would not know the sweetness of honey, and the sourness of lemons or to differentiate between a hot chapatti and ice cream!

Without my ears I would not have heard the rich laughter of my child, the sweetest sound in the world.

God in his Graciousness gives us these blessings without us asking for them. I could not choose to give up any of them.

This post has been written in response to the Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive

  1. Leaf on the spider web | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Spoiling for a flight | Musings from a practical mystic
  3. Agritourism in Russia. Volokonovsky District, Belgorod Oblast | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Super Sensitive | Geek Ergo Sum
  5. Moth (Daily Prompt: Sensitive) | photo potpourri
  6. Losing Colours | The Ambitious Drifter
  7. Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  9. Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive « Mama Bear Musings
  10. Tie-dyed with blood and nerves | alienorajt
  11. Sense and Sensitivity. | Crossroads
  12. Unstable senses |
  13. Super Sensitivity | ??Journey or destination??
  14. Sensitivity | Mareship
  15. Upon Learning That I Was Draco Malfoy | Conversations
  16. Tommy’s Deal With The Devil; Kind Of Funny When You Think About It (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  17. Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive | flow of my soul
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  19. Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive | My Atheist Blog
  20. Five Minus One is Six | In Harmony
  21. Six of one and half dozen of the other « RPMAS
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  24. Sensitive Me… | The Rider
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  27. Hearing for Sight | Writing Daily
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  56. My Dog Senses | Anchors Aweigh

Being a Teacher

Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

As I put my son to sleep the book nearest to me was “Stories for 3 year olds”. I happened to open the book on the story about Nigel the pet crocodile who visits the dentist because he has a cherry stone stuck in his tooth. “Sit” says the dentist to Nigel and that was the 10th word on the page.

A search of “sit” on Google Image Search didn’t really turn up anything interesting, but it did remind me of this photo of my son. He’s sitting on his favorite Disney Cars chair and imitating his teacher Ms Faiza.

ms faiza

“Circle time boys and girls!” he calls. “On the red line, legs crossed!”

And he opens his book “The Smartest Giant in Town” and starts to “read” aloud from memory.

“George was the scruffiest giant in town. He wore the same brown sandals and the same patched-up gown…”

My son goes to a Montessori and I love the way they provide a stimulating environment for the children. This helps them to develop within themselves the habits, attitudes, skills and ideas essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. They teach them respect and courtesy, discipline and most importantly how to be independent.

I observed my son on their orientation last week when school reopened after the summer holidays. He would take out one tray, play with the materials in it, then tidy up and put it back before taking out another tray.

Another time when I accompanied my son on his school trip to the aquarium I watched incredulously as Ms Faiza blew her whistle and the children put away their coloring pencils and papers, tucked their chairs in and fell into line.

I have seen my son in the last academic year, grow from a quiet boy who lacked self confidence into someone who has an opinion and a question for everything and who loves interacting with other children and adults alike. By the end of the last term he was meeting and exceeding expectations. A major factor for this progress shown was the dedication of his teacher who believed he could live up to his potential.

Teachers are amazing and this post is dedicated to them.

This post has been written in response to the Daily Prompt: Bookworms

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  34. Daily Prompt; Bookworms/ The Daily Post | terry1954
  35. BEAT IT | Romelga writes
  36. Daily Prompt: Bookworms | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  37. Break Those Chains | Tony’s Texts
  38. Assume | the many facets of donna
  39. Daily Prompt: Enclosed, But Not Trapped | Creative Mysteries
  40. The Tenth Word is Doorway | Virginia Views
  41. Riches | Better Than Reality
  42. Daily Prompt: Bookworms – The Last Out | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
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  54. Words, Words, Words… | Tommia’s Tablet
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