Friday Fictioneers: Every step of the way


“I’m with you every step of the way” he promised her.

He was there when she took her first shaky steps across the sitting room into his arms.

He was there when she entered her first classroom teary faced, reluctant to let go of his hand.

He was there when she announced excitedly that her wiggly tooth had finally fallen out.

He was there to hear her speech on the graduation ceremony.

He was there to walk by her side towards the man of her dreams.

He was diagnosed with cancer a few years later.

“I’m with you every step of the way” she promised him.

Word count: 106

Why do we need a prompt?

Why do we always need a prompt to do something good? Until we see pictures of starving children we are not ready to help, until somebody starts a fundraiser we are not ready to part with our money. We wait till Mother’s Day to give her flowers, we wait for someone to complain before we are nice. We only start following traffic rules after an accident, we only clean up the ocean when sea animals start dying.

Why do we wait for a push before we take action? Are we not capable of being proactive?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places people visit

My daughter is just turning 2 and she’s already been to 5 countries; UAE, UK, Antigua, Greece and Bahrain (where we reside). My son is going to be 9 and he has been to 4 additional countries: Maldives, Oman, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Here are some photos of these two globe trotters from their recent travels:

Trekking in Antigua

Enjoying the views in Antigua

Sunny morning in Paros, Greece

Napping in Athens, Greece

Exploring in Paros, Greece

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things people play with

My daughter copies everything that her big brother does. Here she saw him playing on the Play station so she grabbed her chair and sat down next to him so she could “play” as well!

My daughter is turning 2 this month so we bought her a swing and slide set to play on.

We took her to a play area recently and she had loads of fun!

Friday Fictioneers: A Stranger’s Kindness


Sarah had done everything right, staying calm while trying to soothe her child who was crying her heart out, but now she felt like she had hit a wall.

She scooped up the struggling child and put her carefully into the shopping cart and proceeded to checkout. She could feel everyone’s eyes on her and her hands shook as she gave out the cash.

As she was attempting to put the wailing child in the car seat, a stranger came up to her and said “Hey Mama, you’re doing an awesome job!”

That warmth was all she needed to get through the day.

Based on a true story.

Word count: 103


As a mom of two children under 10 yrs, I have stopped using the word silent. Telling them to “be silent” is a lost cause and therefore a waste of breath.

My son who is 9 yrs old talks non stop. Most of his sentences end with “funny, isn’t it?” or “weird, isn’t it?” The good thing about this is that you can answer “Yes” and he will be satisfied till his next question. He even talks while playing his video games. It’s like a running commentary of what’s going on. I have yet to fathom why he feels the need to inform the world about the video game he’s playing. His other favourite questions begin with “Did you know” which are also easy to answer as I usually don’t know what he’s talking about.

My 2 yr old daughter is in close competition to my son. Although most of what she says is incomprehensible but still she loves to talk. I was a little worried that she is not talking in real sentences yet but most of my friends have assured me that I should enjoy this stage as much as possible. Once she starts talking properly, the questions will be non stop.

As for me I’m a quiet person. You can probably guess why!

School Days

I’m the youngest of 3 siblings, with a sister and brother, 4 and 5 years older. They both topped their classes in school and when I entered my O’ Levels the same was expected from me. I had the same teachers and some of them insisted on calling me by my sister’s name. My principal even announced in front of the whole school community that she expected me to top also.

I didn’t study half as much as my older siblings and my mother feared I would fail in a few subjects.

So much to the surprise of my mother and to the relief of my principal, I did top my class even though I didn’t get as many “As” as my siblings.

Word count: 120

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While many countries around the world are beginning to enjoy chilly weather, we in Bahrain are still waiting for it to become less hot so we can spend some time outdoors. During the day the temperature is still touching 40s (celsius) and it’s impossible to be outside. In the evening it is not as hot but the humidity is terrible. When I go for my one hour walk I’m completely drenched by the time I come back.

I had planned to have my daughter’s 2nd birthday at home in my garden but it looks like it will still be hot by the end of this month. It has been hotter this year than last year. So now I’m having it in an indoor air conditioned play area.

In my home country, Pakistan, it is already beginning to get chilly. I miss enjoying all four seasons which we had there. At this time the trees are changing color and the leaves are starting to fall. The air feels cool and the fans are on low. There are a few months to enjoy before the bitter cold.

In contrast, here in Bahrain the winter months are the ones to enjoy and it only gets chilly for a few weeks somewhere in January. That’s when the blankets and sweaters come out. The rest of the “winter” is what is spring for others.

I’m really looking forward to the weather changing. The children are quite fed up not being able to go outside that much. I hope it won’t be long.

My daughter’s cheeks are all red as she plays with bubbles in the garden.