Guilty (and a bit neurotic!)

Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome your guilt?

There was a time when I bought myself a pair of designer shoes. Now usually I do not indulge myself in this way but somehow my sister convinced me that I should have at least one pair of designer shoes. Not that I can blame her, I obviously wanted them too. She came with me and after several shops we at last decided on one pair. They were the most beautiful shoes I have ever slid my feet into and I just gave into them. When I was paying for them I thought “What am I doing? That’s a lot of money!” But it was too late to back out and I went home with my beauties.

When I tried them on that night they felt uncomfortable and tight. Was it my guilt manifesting itself? No it was not my imagination, they were definitely not comfortable. I decided I would keep trying them on until they got OK. All leather shoes open up according to your feet.

After a month they were still tight. I tried to return them to the store but they told me it was too late to exchange them and they convinced me that I would have to wear them for a longer period of time for them to open up and that they were the correct size.

I felt so guilty that I had wasted so much money. Was my poor husband working so hard so that I could buy a pair of expensive shoes that didn’t even fit me? Couldn’t I have put that money to better use? How could I have been so over indulgent. I thought about those poor children you see in the street barefoot. How many shoes could I have bought for them with that amount of money? Oh my God, I’m such a bad person!

My husband saw me trying to sell those shoes on Dubizzle. He told me that if for once I had bought something nice for myself I should just try to enjoy it. He said I should just wear them properly so they fit me well. “And stop being neurotic!” he added.

So at the next dinner I went to I was strutting about in my beautiful black Christian Dior heels. My guilt does crop up now and then but I’ve decided to keep them and enjoy them as much as I can. After all that’s the only pair of designer shoes I’ll ever have.

Daily Prompt: The Guilt that Haunts Me

  1. S. Thomas Summers | A Small, White Chapel
  2. Reflections | The Ambitious Drifter
  3. You name it, I’m probably carrying some guilt related to it | thoughtsofrkh
  4. Daily Prompt: The Guilt that Haunts Me | My Extraordinary Everyday Life
  5. Hopping in Puddles | 365 days of defiance
  6. Sick Love Guilty Plea | Cornelison
  7. Reflective | My Play Nook
  8. “A clear conscience is a continual Christmas.” Benjamin Franklin | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: The Guilt that haunts me | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  10. The Baggage of Guilt | meanderedwanderings
  11. unpardonable | fragments of life
  12. Buying Reflections | Whispered Words
  13. Daily Prompt: The Guilt that Haunts Me: Can I think about this after Christmas, please? | sixty, single and surviving
  14. Giving | kaffechai
  15. A Death in Morocco | As I please
  16. Feelings Of Remorse | Flowers and Breezes
  17. The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Mother Teresa | MamaMickTerry
  18. Daily Prompt – Guilt: A Poem for Christmas | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  19. Heroes : Alan Turing | Geek Ergo Sum

Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of Years Past

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

27th Oct 2003: I open the curtains and the stunning view leaves me mesmerized. I stare out at the shimmering blue water against the backdrop of a green mountain. Could such beauty really exist? It’s my first trip to the Far East and I’m with my husband who I married a few days ago. It’s the first time we’re together but it doesn’t feel that way. The hesitation I felt in the beginning seems to have melted away.

Security Council, UN HQ, New York

Security Council, UN HQ, New York

10th May 2004: We are at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. We are standing outside wondering how to get in. My husband sends me forward as he thinks I look less of a Pakistani and therefore less suspicious. I get the details and we enter the building. A few hours and many photos later we stop by a McDonalds for lunch. We are touring the United States and have 3 weeks to see as much as we can. I have discovered that my husband loves seeing new places even though he is not too adventurous.

Langkawai Harbor

Langkawai Harbor

16th Nov 2005: We have rented a car to tour the small island of Langkawi in Malaysia. We have already been in the cable car and now we’ll see the rest of the sights by car. I ask my husband if I can drive the car too but he makes an excuse. I have learnt that he likes to be in charge and I don’t mind. I’ll just relax and enjoy the ride.

Isle de Brehat, Brittany, France

Isle de Brehat, Brittany, France

30th Sept 2006: I’m with my colleagues from Pakistan on training in France. We have a car to ourselves and each weekend we visit a new place. Brittany is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. But every night as I lie down to sleep, my heart aches. 5 weeks away from my husband is the longest separation I have had to bear. So this is what being in love feels like.

View from my hotel room, Cairo, Egypt

View from my hotel room, Cairo, Egypt

6th Nov 2007: I can see the Nile from the terrace of my hotel room. The night view is the most gorgeous I have seen. But my mind is thousands of miles away. I wait for my husband to call me. I want to tell him about the incredible room I’ve got. I know he’ll call exactly when he said he will. I know very well how punctual and organized he is. Having to travel without him is such a headache.

Nathiagali, Pakistan

Nathiagali, Pakistan

8th Mar 2009: We are holidaying in a mountain resort in Nathiagali in Pakistan. We have bought our first home together and cannot afford to make an international trip. It has been the biggest achievement of our lives. People take all their lives to build their own home. Although I also made a major contribution I have to say that my husband is the most hard-working man I have ever met.

Father and son fast asleep

Father and son fast asleep

19th Aug 2012: We are on a plane to Maldives for our first international trip with our son. He is old enough now for us to manage well. I have brought his jigsaw puzzles and his coloring pencils to keep him occupied.  But he soon grows bored and wants to go over to his dad. He snuggles up with him and they both fall asleep. I look at the two men in my life and I feel content.

23rd Dec 2013: There is only a day left for me to do our packing. Since we’re going by car I’m not too worried as there are no weight restrictions. But I should make a list of all of my son’s things as they will be the most in number. Toys, clothes, snacks, I really must make a list. I hope it’s not too cold and we can enjoy the beach. I’m sure we’ll have some good family time together. This time of the year is always exciting for me, the end of the year and the start of a new year. A time of hope, reflection and gratitude. It will be the last vacation of the year but God willing there are many more exciting times to come.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of Years Past

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge Response (December 23rds) | starlightfire
  2. This time last year… | Home’s Cool!
  3. As you grow older, your Christmas list gets smaller; the things you really want for the holidays can’t be bought | Never Stationary
  4. A Year Ago Today | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  5. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | hippiebitch420
  6. A Theeivening to remember | booksdragonsanddietcoke
  7. Recruiting Minors Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  8. Christmas B & E | Fish Of Gold
  9. The Year I Turned 18 and Met the Messiah | jackiefoxdotnet
  10. Family Ghosts on Roots Day | humblegenealogy
  11. ‘tis three days before christmas | Musings of a Random Mind
  12. Ghosts of December 23rds Past | On Being a Homegirl
  13. Ghosts of December 23rds Past – The Poetic Take | writingequalspassion
  14. Emily’s December 23rd | emilykarn
  15. Ghosts Who Sing | My Play Nook
  16. Ghosts @ HX | HX Report
  17. Weekly Writing Challenge | December 23, 2003 | House of Farts
  18. Ghosts of December 23rds Past | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  19. Christmas in the Pacific Northwest – The Christmas Tree – 2012 | Chasing Rabbit Holes
  20. One Year From Today | lifewithgreeneyes
  21. Festive Reflection | Getting Nowhere Fast
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | imagination
  23. The Day That Changed Her. | Babbleogue
  24. The December Twenty-thirds of My Dis-belief | A Wild One Within
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Twas the night before… | Life of a Fallen Angel
  26. Chapters of Christmas Past | Mary J Melange
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past, Or: The Christmas Cancellation | polymathically
  28. Galloping Through the Mists of Time | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  29. Stock taking on Dec. 23 | Minnesota Transplant
  30. A Good Date (Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past) | Mod with Love
  31. Ghosts of December 23rds Past (WW Challenge) | Ruminations & Observations
  32. Ghosts of December 23rds Past (Or, Boy Do I Love My Life) | Laughing Through Life
  33. December 23, 2005 | johnautry24
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | Stories for the Heart
  35. ghosts of december | yi-ching lin photography
  36. there are decembers | y
  37. 23 Desember 2 atau 3 tahun lalu | semangat! (coba-coba)

My Only One

PicsArt_1387727816233Who is the most important person in your life? Describe that person in as great a detail as you can muster and most importantly, tell us why you cherish this person.

My son crawls into my bed adjacent to his and plops onto the pillow. “Mama loves you” I whisper in his ear as he adjusts his position. “Oh Mama, you made me happy!” comes the sleepy reply as he goes back to sleep and starts to snore gently.

How did this little one become the most important person in my life? It didn’t just happen 4 years ago when I first held him, a tiny red wrinkled up creature; it started even before that when I first felt him in my womb.

The first movements were so slight I could easily have been mistaken; they felt like tiny bubbles inside. But they sparked the beginning of a bond that was forged for 9 months and will last a lifetime.

I have watched him grow into the sprightly little boy he is today. He makes me so happy and so proud and I cherish every moment I have with him. I am so helplessly in love with him I could truly do anything for him.

He has grown to have such a unique personality. Today while I was upstairs he sat on the steps calling me. “Mama I love you” he yelled out. When I came down he asked, “Can I have some candy?”

He’s learning phonics these days and so for every word the first letter is emphasized. While eating his food he observed “ke, ke, kebab”. And sometimes just to be naughty he’ll say the wrong thing on purpose; “A for Nadir!” and then see my reaction.

He thinks everything works like a touch screen. He tries to poke the screen of my laptop and the TV thinking something should happen.

He’s very fond of the outdoors and concerned for nature. We were passing through the neighborhood and saw that some branches of the trees had been cut. He immediately spoke out. “Why are you cutting the trees? Where will the birds sit? On the FLOOR?!” Another time he saw the water sprinklers on and he went and turned them off. “If we waste water, the planet will become sad”.

I love the fact that I am also the most important person for him. At least for now. Till he finds a girl for himself and then I may not be the most important person for him but I like to think he will always have a special place in his heart for me.

My Love, My Son (A Poem)

The First Time I Saw You

Daily Prompt: My Number One

  1. Daily Prompt: My Number One | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. On the Topic of Hope: Sunday, December 22, 2013 |
  3. If their being in your life makes your life better, they are very much VIP. | thoughtsofrkh
  4. That special person | Kate Murray
  5. One and only? No many! | Sue’s Trifles
  6. My Number One – the birth of my daughter | Geek Ergo Sum
  7. cherished treasure | peacefulblessedstar
  8. Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
  9. Daily Prompt: Cherish | VNA Images
  10. Show Me Redundancy | The Jittery Goat
  11. S. Thomas Summers | Meeting the Outlaw Jesse James
  12. Daily Prompt: My Number One | Melissa Holden
  13. Christ: My All in All | meanderedwanderings
  14. Lazy humans, mutters the dog | We Live In A Flat
  15. Who is the most important person in my life!? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  16. The Lurker’s List | My Precious and My Number One
  17. A Wahine’s Love Letter | Wahine Wednesdays
  18. My number one. | Hope* the happy hugger
  19. daily prompt: my number one | aimans…..
  20. Daily Prompt: My Number One | Icesabel
  21. Daily Prompt: My Number One | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  22. Before There Was You – A Mommy’s Poem | The Pinterested Parent
  23. My Father: The Provider | K beezy is viral
  24. Daily Prompt: Number One | One Starving Activist
  25. She’s my baby | Journey to Wholeness
  26. Tis You & Only You Girl | The Temenos Journal
  27. Daily Prompt: My Number One « Mama Bear Musings
  28. Bestie. | classically dysfunctional
  29. Cherish | Destino
  30. A Tribute To Mike McMichaels Michaelson | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  31. Daily Prompt: My Number One « cognitive reflection
  32. Daily Prompt: My Number One | Wordz on a Page
  33. My Family – Smart Stunning Searching
  34. frank | charlottesville winter
  36. My Precious Ones | Flowers and Breezes
  37. Cherish | Active Army Wife
  38. My Number One | Nothing Worth Having Ever Comes Easy
  39. My Family Makes me #1 | Dreams to Reality !
  40. An Open Letter To ‘Him’ | Shadows Of The Divine
  41. My Number One | The Nameless One
  42. The man I love | wuthering bites
  43. 5-Star Book: CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef | INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR
  44. Most Important Person in My Life? | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. Today’s Daily Prompt: Who Ranks Number One? | Not The Sword But The Pen
  46. Home is Where the Heart Is | Wiley’s Wisdom
  47. My Number One | Just for Fun Drawings

Being alike and different

My son (right) and his father at his age

My son (right) and his father at his age

Isn’t it amazing how much children can resemble their parents?

You take out your childhood photos and there is a carbon copy of your child at the same age. The same face, the same mannerisms. The way they laugh and the way they sleep with their hands in between their knees and the way they snore.

As a mother I feel really proud when someone tells me that my son looks just like me. Unfortunately it is only my friends who have not seen much of my husband who tell me that. Anyone who knows my husband well can see that my son is a copy of him. He has the same eyes and forehead and shape of his face. Many of his mannerisms resemble that of his father too. My mother-in-law loves to take out old pictures of her son which show how much father and son look alike.

Not that he doesn’t have his own personality. Some of the things he says really amaze us. He met a girl at the park and told her that he was born in Pakistan but is actually from Spain. He then proceeded to count in Spanish to prove his point! I think he was just trying to impress the girl. Then yesterday we were passing through the neighborhood and saw that some branches of the trees had been cut. My son immediately spoke out. “Why are you cutting the trees? Where will the birds sit? On the FLOOR?!” Another time he saw the water sprinklers on and he went and turned them off. “If we waste water, the planet will become sad”. I certainly can’t remember being so worried about the trees and saving water at his age.

He has also been learning about healthy living at school. When he saw me eating fries he admonished me and told me that fries are not healthy. And when I tried to give him crisps for a snack he told me off saying “That’s junk food!”

He may look like his father but he is way more advanced than the both of us put together!

When forgiving is the only option

Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.

Imagine this scenario: Your wedding invitations have been sent, your clothes are ready and your salon appointments have been made. Your husband to be is to arrive the day before.

He doesn’t turn up. He doesn’t call. Instead his relatives call you to tell you that he won’t be coming. What do you do?

Somehow I found it in my heart to forgive him. The only regret I had at that time was that I never got the chance to give him hell. I really had some things I wanted to say to him.

The only reason I forgave him was that deep down inside I knew he was not the one for me. My brother and sister had kept trying to convince me of this but I wouldn’t listen. Sometimes it happens that you know you’re going the wrong path and you keep going and hoping that circumstances will pull you out.

I am not normally the type who forgives easily at least not without having my say. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” would aptly describe me. But in this case this guy had actually done me a favor by not showing up. What would have happened if the wedding had gone through? A lifelong of misery? Probably.

What also helped was that just a short while later I was introduced to my husband. He was the balm on my wounds. That was 10 years ago.

Do I still think about why that person did that to me? Yes sometimes I do wonder what prompted him to back out in the way he did. Some years after I was married, one of his cousins came to work in the same office as I was. I hated seeing her because it would remind me of him and his venomous family. But I always made it a point to be civil to her.

To forgive is the easy part, to forget, well that’s another story.

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget

  1. Repentance: Daily Post | Destino
  2. Forgiveness And Redemption Are Instinctive | The Jittery Goat
  3. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | M.W. Alvarez
  4. Father Forgive Them | Finale to an Entrance
  5. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | waldina
  6. She Let Go | Misifusa’s Blog
  7. Forgive and forget : Never Guilty | Now Have At It!
  8. daily prompt: forgive and forget | aimans…..
  9. Wronged . . . But, It’s All Right | meanderedwanderings
  10. Alice called me a … | Jolie Michele
  11. Where were You – the Power of Forgiving | A Teacher’s Blog from Land’s End
  12. Forgive, Forget, Repent? | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  13. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget | James’s Journal
  14. Forgiveness | Kate Murray
  15. The Blank Wall | Flowers and Breezes
  16. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Melissa Holden
  17. S. Thomas Summers | The Wisdom of Trolls (Part IV)
  18. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget « Mama Bear Musings
  19. But I didn’t forget | Journey to Wholeness
  20. What to forgive exactly? | Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Reunion
  21. Forgive, Forget, Repent. | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Forgive and forget never | crookedeyebrows
  23. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | kimmiecode 🙂
  24. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  25. See the Mirror | Dreams to Reality !
  26. Daily Prompt; Forgive and Forget? | sixty, single and surviving
  27. Daily Prompt: Forgive and forget? | divorced doodling
  28. Forgive and forget | Sue’s Trifles
  29. FORGIVE ME MARY | Ronnie’s Blog
  30. Daily Prompt: Still Trying to Forget | One Starving Activist
  31. Don’t be Trapped by Bitterness | A Change-N-Me
  32. Forgive… and forget? | The Birds Inside My Head…
  33. Forgiveness (and Peace) Begin With Me
  34. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Angry Fish Rants
  35. Forgive and Forget? | Geek Ergo Sum

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

One little girl in a mall…

I had taken my son to see a Barney show which had a free entry but I guess we were too late and they didn’t let us in. We decided to watch from the floor above, but it just wasn’t the same. If nothing else I managed to get this shot of a little girl also trying to get a glimpse of her favorite TV character.


Weekly Photo Challenge: One

  1. One (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Flickr Comments
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Ese’ s Voice
  4. Weekly photo challenge: One | An Enchanted Eye
  5. Week Photo Challenge: One | nancy merrill photography
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | autopict
  7. Weekly photo challenge: one | MyBlog – solaner
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – One | Chittle Chattle
  9. Photo Project “52 Bolivian Sundays” [‘One’] | 3rdculturechildren
  10. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: One
  11. Just One | The Ambitious Drifter
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Single Yellow Blossom | puncta lucis
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Stephen Chapman
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | yarnwuseleien
  16. Crumbling Face of Depression | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Steve Says….
  18. weekly photo challenge – one | myguiltypleasures
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Wind Against Current
  20. Cheery hue | Detours by Deepali
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Under the Monkey Tree
  23. One, two. | Hope* the happy hugger
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | 2812 photography
  26. Emptiness Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | roastbeefandrakija
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – One | Just Snaps
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | castelsarrasin
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Ritva’s Art – Photography
  31. Solo Swan (Weekly Photo Challenge: One) | photo potpourri
  32. B&W Legs | Cardinal Guzman
  33. Humpty goes solo… | thoughtsofrkh
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge : One | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  35. Graffiti 0424 | artishorseshit
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Cee’s Photography
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge; One | Day One
  39. One Evening = An Entire Life | Home’s Cool!
  40. Yes! One. | A Crazy Chef
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  42. Weekly Photo challenge : One – our little puppy dog in the Ray of light | parislux
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Rooktopia
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: On the First Day of Christmas | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Creative Mind
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Travel. Garden. Eat.
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | The World Is a Book…
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Northwest Frame of Mind
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Finale to an Entrance
  50. Photoworld 20-12-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: One ~ Snail | A Dose of Dharma
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: One – Joy and Woe
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | This, that and the other thing
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Today, on Earth
  55. weekly Photo Challenge: One | paintedwords
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: One [Lucky] Duck | PonderTheIrrelevant
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Rainbow Photography – Scotland
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Irregular Ventilator
  59. weekly photo challenge: one | Musings of a Random Mind
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge One: A Real Green Man | Light Words
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: One « LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS
  62. The Eyes Have It | Virginia Views
  63. WordPress weekly photo challenge: One | Milka Pejovic
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: One (II) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  65. Focus. — On One. | mommyverbs
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: ONE ANGRY DINOSAUR ! | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge – One | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: One‏ « Sasieology
  69. One | Kansa Muse
  70. One: photo challenge. | My world in short posts
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: One (Wishing Each One of You Happiness) « Delightfully Different Life
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge : one | Mon beau manoir
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | For the Love of Living Things
  75. Holy Cow! | The Urge To Wander
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: One & Travel Theme: Winter | wordsvisual
  77. weekly photo challenge: one | Curls n Skirls
  78. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | LenzExperiments
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: One (Opening Night) | What’s (in) the picture?
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: One, Or: Fort Zoutman, Aruba | polymathically
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Foto Challenge
  84. Odd One Out | Travel with Intent
  85. photography ~~ one (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Healthcare Updates
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  88. weekly photo challenge: one | wise monkeys abroad
  89. “My Cat Wins” Weekly Photo Challenge: One | “The Ish,” presented by the Bohemian Rock Star
  90. One is the Loneliest Number, Or is It? | Ron Mayhew’s Blog
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Lucid Gypsy
  92. photo-challenge-one #photography #poetry #Christmas | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: One, Or: Another Seagull Of The Wharf | polymathically
  94. One Daisy, One Ant | Papaya Pieces
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge – One | mamacormier
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | ahecticlife
  97. WPC: ONE « MY WALL
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | What Is It?!?
  99. weekly photo challenge: one | Wood Rabbit Journey
  100. weekly photo challenge: one | A Meditative Journey with Saldage
  101. A Journey Called Life …
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  103. One: Weekly Photo Challenge | 365 Days of Thank You
  104. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | My Little Rio Journal
  105. Pilgrim at Walden Pond | Babsje Heron
  106. Winter One-derland | Jaspa’s Journal
  107. Weekly photo challenge: One | Border Crossings
  108. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | colderweather
  109. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | blastedgoat
  110. Weekly Photo Challenge : One « Jejak-jejak yang Terserak
  111. Weekly Photo Challenge: One. | Long delays possible
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Things I have learnt today
  113. S. Thomas Summers | Weekly Photo Challenge: One
  114. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Morrighan’s Muse
  115. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind
  116. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Photos by Emilio
  117. One: Weekly Photo Challenge | Destino
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | JMcKay
  119. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Snapshots & Smiles
  120. WPC: One | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  121. Weekly Photo Challenge – One | Joe’s Musings
  122. Beauty is everywhere! You just have to seek it to see it! – Things To Rave About | Things To Rave About
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Number The Stars
  124. weekly photo challenge : one | bodhisattvaintraining
  125. My One and Only | Life Of A Cosmetologist!
  126. Weekly Photo Challenge : One/ Satu (Hanoman Dancer) | bambangpriantono
  127. The one who waits | Life through a Lens
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: One « Leya
  129. One Light | breathofgreenair
  130. The Loneliest Number | Love in the Spaces
  131. The One and Only Magic Kingdom | Thirdeyemom
  132. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Life of a Fallen Angel
  133. One of fourteen | Life through a Lens
  134. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  135. Weekly Photo Challenge : One | Moments In Life
  136. Weekly Photo Challenge – One « LargeSelf
  137. Focal Point | Not the Family Business!
  138. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Edge of the Forest
  139. One | My Play Nook
  140. There’s always one | Purple Rosemary
  141. One by one | Beyond the Brush
  142. One on one | Beyond the Brush
  143. One Treasure Amid Many | Mary J Melange
  144. Weekly Photo Challenge: ONE | A String of Pearls
  145. One | Drops of Ink
  146. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | @ The West Gate
  147. One – Weekly Photo Challenge | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  148. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | My DogaBlog
  149. Rangeview One « Gleaning the Nuggets
  150. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | thoughts and entanglements
  151. Spire | We Live In A Flat
  152. memory | yi-ching lin photography
  153. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | Lonely Travelog

Repeated Kindness

Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?

A random act is something lacking regularity and kindness should be done often, not rarely.

My husband and I both have made lifelong pledges that we would donate 1/10th of everything we earn to a charity fund. Through this fund schools and hospitals are built, widows and orphans are given shelter and aid is provided to victims of natural disasters. We made this pledge more than 10 years ago (in my husband’s case more than 13 years ago) and continue to live up to it.

Of course those that benefit from it do not know that we contribute to the fund. Acts of kindness made in secret are better than those done openly but there is no harm in telling others about it should they be inspired to follow suit.

I often pray that when my son grows up he helps those in need and less fortunate than him. I would feel I succeeded as a mother if he becomes that person.

Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness

  1. daily prompt: random act of kindness | aimans…..
  2. Daily Prompt: Secrets | The Daily Post | L5GN
  3. Random Act of Kindness | Melissa Holden
  4. Am I Kind? | The Number FiftyTwo
  5. Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. Drive Thru Difference | Journey to Wholeness
  7. Why It’s Good To Give In Secret | The Jittery Goat
  8. Secretly paying it forward. | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  9. Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  10. A secret kindness | Sue’s Trifles
  11. Trying to be God | crookedeyebrows
  12. I’m so nice | not4faintheartsblog
  13. Shine | Hope* the happy hugger
  14. Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness « cognitive reflection
  15. Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness « Mama Bear Musings
  16. Secret Santa | charlottesville winter
  17. Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  18. A little mind-twister on random kindnesses | Rob’s Surf Report
  19. Random Acts of Kindness | News by Carolyn Perez
  20. Random Acts of Kindness: The Travel Edition | Travel. Garden. Eat.
  21. Kindness Is Not Always Random
  22. The Lurker’s List | Secret Kindness
  23. Anger Thermometer | Emotional Fitness
  24. I Have No Secrets: Daily Prompt | Just Visiting This Planet
  25. A hug | Life is great

Small shoes, big emotions

You know how children have different phases they go through. My son at 3 was going through a phase where whenever he would get angry he would fold his arms, wrinkle up his eyebrows and say, “I’m very disappointed AT you!”

Now disappointed was a big word for him and he would say it so cutely that I would find it hard to contain my laughter. I managed to capture his emotions on camera and this is one of my prized photos:


Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter

  1. Let it not snow! | Sue’s Trifles
  2. alienorajt
  3. Daily Post- Mad as a Hatter | hippiebitch420
  4. Rage | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter – The Lost Love
  6. The Angry Maths paper | ❤ ART BLOG
  7. Mad as a Hatter | Geek Ergo Sum
  8. Losing It, But Remembering Where It Is | The Jittery Goat
  9. I think possibly offended a little old dear on the opposite side of the road… | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Seeing red | not4faintheartsblog
  11. Anger is a Gift | Finale to an Entrance
  12. Rage in the morning | Purple Rosemary
  13. That was me once ! | Dreams to Reality !
  14. Ragetastic | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  15. Mad as a Hatter | The Story of a Guy
  16. Daily prompt:mad as a hatter | aimans…..
  17. Contentment | vicariously in love with you
  18. When A Bridge Ought Be Burned: A Story About Letting Go | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  19. self defense | peacefulblessedstar
  20. Time Wasters | crookedeyebrows
  21. Don’t be Rage! Angry birds are enough! | A Crazy Chef
  22. Daily Prompt: The Hornet | One Starving Activist
  23. Just Let It Go, Anger Danger | Kansa Muse
  25. Rage | Flowers and Breezes
  26. Incandescent Eyes | An Upturned Soul
  27. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter – Short Story | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  28. Mad As a Hatter
  29. R E D | the bippity boppity beautiful blog
  30. 19.12.13. (Rage is Sage!) | VelanedeBeaute’s.
  31. Photo-op | Life is great
  32. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  33. recompense (my utter rage) | fragments of life
  34. Angriest Guitar Player Ever | The Number FiftyTwo
  35. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | Wordz on a Page
  36. Haiku of a Passive-Aggressive | Ashes of Roses
  37. Anger Thermometer | Emotional Fitness
  38. Laughs 🙂 | gypsy thoughts ..
  39. Don’t Mess With My Brother – Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | Reinvention of Mama
  40. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | ginnysblogspace
  41. Learn how to use feeling thermometers | Parents Are People Too
  42. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | Basically Beyond Basic
  43. I’ve been flipped so many times, now I’m finally done | Rob’s Surf Report
  44. The Great Sander Crisis of 1993! | Mary Angelini Photography
  45. Keeping My Cool | Travellin’ Thru Rambles
  46. A Daily Prompt Challenge: Slot Machines Everywhere Makes Me Mad, Mad, Mad! | *Recovery Ramblins Blog Of ~ Author Catherine Lyon*
  47. Cross Schtick | Charron’s Chatter
  48. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | A Mixed Bag
  49. Writing Damage | johnny ojanpera
  50. Fury | Active Army Wife
  51. Forgetting my iPod Passcode |
  52. And die of noth… | The Nameless One
  53. Daily Prompt: Rage and Furry…Yes, I mean Furry! | Quiet Desperation
  54. The Tree Of Wrath | Scattered Thoughts
  55. Ya got to shove a little…Ho HO Ho !! | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  56. The One Argument I Will Never Regret | Expressions
  57. Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas | Taking One Day At A Time
  58. No Mr. Robertson, your kind of speech is never free. | W.T.F.
  59. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | From Slacker To Scribe
  60. King of asshole-land | 2 times pink
  61. Residual Rage | Stories from aside
  62. Bad Judgment (Mad as a Hatter) | mammapainter
  63. Because of Soft Leather Shoes | belindabroughton
  64. A Favor | Withdrawals
  65. “Football” Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | “The Ish,” presented by the Bohemian Rock Star
  66. RAGE… | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  67. What Price Beauty! | 61 Musings
  68. Driving Me Ragey! | meanderedwanderings
  69. Mad as a Hatter | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  70. Mad as a Hatter | Ramblings from the Swamp
  71. Heave-Ho | 6 of One…
  72. A Dog’s Tail Never Lies | Wiley’s Wisdom
  73. A demon named Rage | tanibel412
  74. Road Rage | Muddy River Muse
  75. Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter | Moments Thru Lens

Friday Fictioneers: Dolphins


The little boy was in love with dolphins. For him they were the most amazing creatures in the entire world.

In the holidays his parents took him to the Dolphinarium to watch a show featuring dolphins and sea lions. He watched the dolphins jump into the air and through hoops and he clapped as hard as he could. Towards the end of the show the show host called out seat numbers of those who had won the draw to get a chance to swim with the dolphins. He was one of them!

If only he knew how to swim.

This post has been written for the Friday Fictioneers.