Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes

I’ll be using the three photos I posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge to write a post about the playground depicted in these photos.

My son goes every day in the afternoon to play in the neighborhood playground. Today when he was playing there and trying to build a volcano out of the sand, there were two girls there who were trying to break it. Now my little one has a short fuse and he started getting angry at them. Along comes the grandmother of the two girls to stop him and she also came under fire. The grandmother immediately turned to my son’s nanny who was with him and started admonishing his parents i.e. us for not teaching their son any manners.

Now I am not trying to defend him or say that he did the right thing but when other parents start being judgmental it really gets to me. The little boy did a wrong thing but does it mean that his parents are not teaching him anything and are completely useless? How can anyone make such sweeping statements when they have never even met the people they are commenting on?

What about us as adults? We make mistakes all the time. Should our ancestors take the blame for each and every mistake that we make?

I have punished my son for being rude to the lady and told him that he cannot go to the park for two days, but it really made me feel sad that people have to jump to conclusions straight away. I try my best to educate my son about what is right and wrong and I realize that he will make mistakes sometimes but that doesn’t make us bad parents. People forget when they themselves were parents and their children did something wrong.

On a brighter note my son’s teacher told me that he stood up in front of the class and told them a story and that he was very coherent and confident. I asked him about it and he told me that it was Jack and the Beanstalk which is his favorite story these days. Well at least I must be doing something right as a parent.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned, 03.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  2. The More | field of thorns
  3. Dreams Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  4. Pillow talk | Never Stationary
  5. stone | FamousFeline
  6. Smile | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  7. Threes: Haikus from Pictures! | Blue Loft
  8. Winter Storm Titan Haikus | Fish Of Gold
  9. A Tribute to my Mum – the Unbeatable Woman | Dreams Will Catch You
  10. Confession About My Boy Band Obsession | Embracing the Journey
  11. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes – Tori Sinks with the Sun | Just Be V
  12. Gone with the Waves | Artfully Aspiring
  13. It’s In The Lost & Found | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  14. Spring’s here! | Scent of Rina
  15. Haiku X 3 | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  16. Do You Have Silver Ties? | Home’s Cool!
  17. Friends far away | Nagoonberry
  18. House in three photos! | Scrapydodog
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes – Long walks and dark chocolate
  20. The Road Maps of Life | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  21. If anybody asks, you didn’t see me. | Trucker Turning Write
  22. Coach Athlete | The Wind Beneath Their Arms
  23. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes~~Sheila’s Poem |
  24. Blue Boredom Tape Men: Battle of the Pepsi graveyard | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  25. Natasha’s Challenge | Mary J Melange
  26. abandoned, broken, and dreaming | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  27. The Simple Pleasures | Outmanned
  28. Iditarod Trail Invitational | pencil me in
  29. Innermission | The Shady Tree
  30. A Tale of Two Worlds | Victoria.K.Gallagher
  31. Seven Icicles, Part One | Stealing All the Sevens
  32. Inspiration of a pocket watch | live simple
  33. Lady By The Lake — 3 Images /1 Story | eyevpointofview
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes (Skulduggery) | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

My Childhood Home

When I was not even a year old we moved to our house in Islamabad. We lived there for 13 years and this was the longest time I have lived in one place. This house has special meaning for me as I spent my childhood years there.

My earliest memories of this house are probably when I started school. We had a white Fiat and my father would drive me and my elder brother and sister to school.

Compared to the cramped, falling over each other houses that we can afford these days, that house was huge. It had a long driveway leading to a garage where our dog had puppies, a small back garden and a front garden. I remember the guava trees in both the gardens that I loved because I could climb them easily. I spent many afternoon hours outside and I learnt to skate and cycle grazing my elbows and knees in the driveway.

The house consisted of two floors. There was a sitting room downstairs which was reserved for the guests and a lounge overlooking the back garden. Adjacent to these were the kitchen and dining room and they were connected by a swinging door with a window in it. I would help my mother in the kitchen when she made something special. A guest room completed the plan downstairs and we frequently had house guests staying there. Of course my favorite visitor was my grandmother and I remember I used to sometimes sleep with her in the guest room.

Upstairs was another lounge where we would sit at the table and do our homework. There were 3 bedrooms connected to this lounge which were occupied by my parents and us 3 kids. There was also a big terrace where our washed clothes would hang.

Connecting the two floors was a winding staircase. We would hardly ever bother coming down the steps, we would just slide down the railing all the way down. Even now remembering that makes me smile.

Whenever I have a dream where there is a house involved, it is always this house of my childhood years. I will always remember it with fond memories.

Daily Prompt: Our House

  1. New iPod | Crazy Markovich
  2. of raging wants | Anawnimiss
  3. Daily Prompt: Our House- The impact of family to our psychological mind | Journeyman
  4. Streaks in the Darkness | Exploratorius
  5. Home: Tankas | 365 days of defiance
  6. To London For Love & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. Daily Prompt: Our House | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Cumbraes, 1962 | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  9. Launching Pad | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  10. Daily Prompt: Home | The Wandering Poet
  11. evergreen | yi-ching lin photography
  12. My family are huggers, and it’s always been an awesome part of life. | thoughtsofrkh
  13. Daily Prompt: House | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  14. Daily Prompt: Our House | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  15. Short Plat – A Short Story | Kilbo – Chris Kilbourn
  16. The House in Middelburg. | Hope* the happy hugger
  18. Home, Sweet Home | Home’s Cool!
  19. Daily Prompt: Our House « Mama Bear Musings
  20. The Gray House | A Sign Of Life
  21. Childhood Memories of Home | Unload and Unwind
  22. Home | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  23. 272. My Childhood Home | Barely Right of Center
  24. Children Must Be Seen And Not Heard | Lisa’s Kansa Muse

Learning from my 4 year old

My son got a wonderful report from his nursery this last term. They tell me he is very intelligent and does his work with concentration. Now that’s he’s 4 I’ve got a tutor for him to start reading the Quran. And when she comes over to teach him, my son wants to climb on the table or sit under it. I can’t understand why he can’t sit still just for 20 minutes when he can spend 5 hours at school doing his work so well.

I also can’t understand why he must get up at 6 when the alarm is set for 7:15am and then jump on me in my bed. And why must he go to the park and then tell me he wants to do potty. Despite some of his odd habits there is much I can learn from him.

Last year when he had Animal day in his school he put a python around his shoulders and didn’t bat an eyelid. I could learn courage from him.DSCN1605

One day he was pretending to be a wolf and walking on all fours when he took a tumble and hurt his head. Instead of stopping he went and wore his bicycle helmet. I could learn resilience from him.

He always has an answer ready for everything. When I asked him why he wasn’t eating the cheese with his breadsticks, he said because he wasn’t a rat. And he wouldn’t have his carrots because he wasn’t a rabbit. I could learn to be witty like him.

He was singing a song and changing the words and laughing loudly at the result. I could learn from him to laugh more.20130712_074552

If he’s upset with me over something he’ll tell me to go away and when I leave the room he’ll come after me and try to be friends. I could learn from him to forgive easily.

And lastly he tells me about 10 times a day that I’m pretty and kisses me and hugs me. I could learn to be more loving like him.

Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ

  1. Secrets of the universe | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Ethical Professor Boynton (Part 1) | The Jittery Goat
  3. Really! How much more 🙂 (for my US friends) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. The younger years | muffinscout
  5. Daily Pormpt; Generation XYZ | Journeyman
  6. Internet Monsters: a very Grimm tale… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  7. Another Day at the Gym | That’s Just The Way It Is
  8. Rock of the Ages | Exploratorius
  9. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  10. For Fun: The More, The Many-er | Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | likereadingontrains
  11. DP Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Sabethville
  12. I’m not happy with Naked People | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. Jumping the gaps | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  14. Daily Prompt: XYZ | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  15. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | The Wandering Poet
  16. Dating Through My Eyes | The Story of a Guy
  17. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ – Facebook are for the oldies | littlegirlstory
  18. The wisdom of old age (Daily prompt Haiku) | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  19. The Really Inconvenient Truth | The Dragon Weyr
  20. Daily Prompt: Don’t Stop Learning | Step It Up
  21. Age | Sue’s Trifles
  22. Purpose Not Power | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Generations | hitting a brick wall
  24. The Psychology of Managing Across Multiple Generations in the Workplace: The Sandwich Method « psychologistmimi
  25. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | My Endless Rants & Ramblings
  26. Generated Generation. « ayimas
  27. Oh to be 90! | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  28. Goldilocks and Generational Snobbery | meanderedwanderings
  29. Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  30. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | The Music of Steel
  31. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | laura-in-china
  32. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Everyday Adventures
  33. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | ferwam
  34. Generation XYZ | The Nameless One
  35. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ – Celebration and Protest | The Pink Cucumber
  36. Maiden – Mother – Crone – Honoring Lifestages | Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  37. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  38. Mentoring: A Strand of Three | Live Life in Crescendo
  39. daily prompt: Generation XYZ | aimanss…
  40. Generation XYZ | Flowers and Breezes
  41. How Young are you? | Cascading Dreams
  43. Why Me vs Me Me Me | Reinvention of Mama
  44. Talking ‘Bout Yer Generation | The Shotgun Girls
  45. Why Do Young People Think ‘Just One Step’ =s Accessibility?
  46. My treasure | Life is great
  47. NOT Talking ‘Bout my Generation | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  48. How my story turned into a class project and gave me hope for the next generation | The Silver Leaf Journal
  49. Yesterday and today | Myriad Notions
  50. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | medicinalmeadows
  51. Learning Through the Ages | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  52. The sun is the same in a relative way « Sithiram
  53. Inspiration Monday 27 January 2014 Meets the Daily Prompt: Never Send a Man to do a Boy’s Job | One Starving Activist
  55. IITYWTMWYBMAD?* (or How the Internet created a new language) | MC’s Whispers
  56. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ |
  57. Daily Prompt – Generation XYZ | Views Splash!
  58. Through the ages | Willow’s Corner
  59. Generation XYZ: What’s Age Anyway? |
  60. Like, gag me with a spoon! | The Flavored Word
  61. The Age of Cyber-Telepathy…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  62. Age | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  63. Where live the giants? | Emotional Fitness
  64. Daily Prompt – Generation XYZ – Young Old Man |
  65. Every second turning us in Gold | Dreams to Reality !
  66. Give Me Money. | The Playground
  67. Respect « One Crazy Mom
  68. The Generation XYZ | Passionately Bored
  69. A Certain Disconnect | My Author-itis
  70. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ/The Stagen Family | Advocacine’s Blog
  71. Hurt Not The Earth | Making Life an Art
  72. Age | The Land Slide Photography
  73. Going for the Kill (# 9) | Rolbos ©
  74. Dear GenX, Boomers: Why Are You So Obsessed With GenY’s Shortcomings? | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  75. X, Y and V: is for Vampire « Brigid’s Cauldron, Prometheus’ Fire
  76. Finding Wisdom Along the Mayan Path | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
  77. Generations | authenticallyannamarie
  78. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | I really just pretend to know stuff
  79. Daily Prompt: Age | That Montreal Girl
  80. Daily post: Age | Destino
  81. Daily Prompt Challenge ~ Age | soletusknow
  82. Daily prompt: The bliss of entitlement | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  83. 10 Reasons That I Wish I Was A Toddler | The Pinterested Parent
  84. There’s No App For That Revisited | Wiley’s Wisdom
  85. Millenial | My Infernal Imagination
  86. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Basically Beyond Basic
  87. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ, 30 January 2014 | The San Francisco Scene–Seen!
  88. Somewhere Between X and Y | Polymathically
  89. If I’d only known then … | Brome Hill
  90. Daily Prompt: An Open Letter to Generation Z | Gradual Thought
  91. AGES: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow | The Christian Gazette
  92. Educating Our Kids to be Responsible Digital Citizens « Kakie’s Corner
  93. annerledesland
  94. Generation gap | The Word Trance
  95. Daily Prompt: Age | Wicked Words
  96. Daily Prompt: Age | Reflections on a Theme
  97. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation | Edward Hotspur
  98. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Your Daily Dose

Out of Reach

When I was a child the 4 year and 5 year difference I had with my elder sister and brother seemed really too much. They were always out of my reach.

I used to follow my brother around and copy everything he did. He used to cycle so I learnt cycling too even though I remember grazing my knees and elbows quite badly attempting to learn but I did it in the end. He would skate around the house so I had to learn too. Sometimes he would make me his orderly (a senior army officer’s assistant) and I would do his chores.

I would want to play with my sister and her friends but I was a baby for them and they didn’t want to have me around. When her friends were not around she would dress me up as a bride and put on make-up on me. I think I rather enjoyed it as I never complained.

What I longed for was to be treated as an equal. I soon learnt that this was not going to be possible and it was better just to stick with my friends.

When we became adults everything changed. Now I always go to my sister for advice and am close to both my siblings. They treat me as an equal and I don’t feel the age difference at all. Sometimes they ask me for advice or help too. I’m glad they are no longer out of my reach.

Me with my brother and sister

Me with my brother and sister

Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach

  1. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. of hangups « Anawnimiss
  3. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Diary of Dennis
  4. Desire | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. My very own Auto Bookie Pro | Now Have At It!
  6. To trust: worth more than a thousand toys | alienorajt
  7. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach – Dream Love
  8. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach…..walking in darkness | timzauto…. in search of the blond haired kid
  9. Feeding a street cat | Alex Markovich Digital Art
  10. “Desire” | Relax
  11. There Was Nothing For Christmas, But I Received Everything | The Jittery Goat
  12. Date with Dream Lake Manasarovar | Life is a Vacation
  13. Daily Prompt: The Mini Me | readingwithafeather
  14. Um. No. Wow, that was a simple entry! | thoughtsofrkh
  15. Toy Envy | Kate Murray
  16. The Lurker’s List | The Beat That Was Not Meant For Me
  17. Absence of Desire | Finale to an Entrance
  18. Out of Your Reach | Geek Ergo Sum
  19. out of reach | yi-ching lin photography
  20. Author | crookedeyebrows
  21. Out Of My Reach
  22. Out Of My Reach | Flowers and Breezes
  23. White-hot | Bullet holes in the wall
  24. dream for a future | The Frozen Tears
  25. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  26. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach « Mama Bear Musings
  27. Barbie House | Poetry by Nowelle
  28. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | kimmiecode 🙂
  29. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Awl and Scribe
  30. Out of Reach But Still Happy Trails | Kansa Muse
  31. The Number FiftyTwo
  32. How much is that doggie in the window? | Louie Behogan
  33. Out of their reach | Braised Pork on Rice
  34. ‘Covet’ doesn’t begin to describe it … | 365 And Counting
  35. Daily Prompt – Out of your Reach | Kate Frazer Writes
  36. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Finding Life
  37. dəˈzī(ə)r/ | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  38. Guest Blogger- Jann Alexander “Holiday Expectations” « Dancing with Fireflies
  39. Daily Prompt: All I Want | One Starving Activist
  40. To Veal or Not to Veal, That is the Question . . . | meanderedwanderings
  41. The bike | Life is great
  42. Out Of Your Reach | johnny ojanpera
  43. Desire – Daily Prompt | L5GN
  44. Eros Goes Global | Travel with Intent
  45. Breaker Breaker Calling Father Christams, over! | Many musings blog’s Blog
  46. Childhood Desire | Active Army Wife
  47. birth of an angel | peacefulblessedstar
  48. Out of Reach | The Nameless One
  49. Christmas Wish | HardWriteTurn
  50. All Good Things | Retrofocus
  51. My Grown Up Christmas List | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  52. birth of an angel | peacefulblessedstar
  53. Daily prompt blues | Rob’s Surf Report
  54. Desire | Words ‘n Pics
  55. Nothing Was Really Ever Out Of My Reach…It Just Felt That Way | Eccentric and Bent
  56. Daily prompt: Desire | Words ‘n Pics
  57. Love | Stories from aside
  58. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach – A mother’s peril | littlegirlstory
  59. Everything I Need…..(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  60. Always Blessed ! | Dreams to Reality !
  61. Perfect Parents? Baloney. | Parents Are People Too
  62. Daily Post: Palace of Earthly Desires | Light Words
  63. December Blog Challenge… Desire | Chuckle at Chaos
  64. The Daily: Out of Your Reach | Patty Ryan Lee
  65. Clothes for Ken | It’s all Bananas
  66. Fire and Desire | anonim0us
  67. Healthy Desire | Whispered Words
  68. Sugar! | unaware but underlined
  69. Not walking tall | Emotional Fitness
  70. But I want… | 2 times pink
  71. Dear Santa (A Grownup’s Christmas List) – Compass & Quill
  72. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | SIM | ANTICS
  73. Out of Reach… | Kawanee’s Korner
  74. Desire – | Destino
  75. The Tempting Tater | Diary of a quirky girl
  76. Red Shoes to Make You Fly! | Chasing Rabbit Holes
  77. Desire | Words on a Page
  78. To Give Is To Receive | Wiley’s Wisdom
  79. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Moonlight Reflections
  80. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | A Weary Mind
  81. Barbie’s Electric Car | Chasing A Dream
  82. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | I’m Just Sayin’…
  83. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. Out of Reach | The Silver Leaf Journal
  85. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | Basically Beyond Basic
  86. Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach | adorablyobnoxious
  87. Out of Your Reach | Just for Fun Drawings
  88. Out of Your Reach | My Conscious Self
  89. DP: Just beyond my reach. | Simple Heart Girl
  90. The Telescope And The Not-So Big Gift | polymathically
  91. Out of Your Reach | i am bittersweet
  92. in death, there is | y
  93. extension | yi-ching lin photography
  94. Imprint… | vic briggs
  95. The toy I always wanted…but was afraid to ask for | The Crayon Files