Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

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Today I was telling my son not to eat too much chocolate pudding. “It will give you a tummy upset.” I said. To which he replied, “Why Mama? My tummy doesn’t have feelings!”

I don’t have to look too far for inspiration. Nadir is the smartest, funniest, most creative little 5 year old I know. He inspires me to be smart and creative too. After all I do have to stay one step ahead of him!

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We’re a family of three, live with it!

I suppose it’s very natural that when a couple has been blessed with at least one son and and one daughter, they find it their divine right to advise me to have another child and fast.

“Your son needs a sister!”

“Aren’t you planning to have another child?”

“Isn’t the gap quite big already, you need to plan your next child!”

This apparently is not a cultural phenomena but a universal one and as an expat living in the Middle East I get the same advice from everyone whether they are from Venezuela or from Pakistan.

Of course I must be absolutely miserable that I haven’t been able to produce another offspring in the last 5 and a half years. I must miss terribly keeping awake at night, changing pampers, potty training and toddler tantrums. What’s not to miss about having your hands in baby poo in the middle of the night? Or trying to shop for groceries with a screaming toddler in tow.

Yes, how unhappy I must be now that I have time for myself to pursue creative and healthy avenues like learning the piano or how to play tennis. That my son has lots of friends to play with and I keep him entertained and busy all the time.P1020225

Dear Family of Four/Five, Yes it would have been lovely if my son could have had a sister but it didn’t happen and I’m sorry if I don’t want to make myself miserable about it. In fact I am very happy with my situation. My little boy is perfect and smart and handsome and I’m truly blessed to have him. And no I don’t want do IUF/IVF or whatever else is out there as there was no reason for me not to get pregnant without it. So if God decided that I should have only one child, who am I to argue against that?

So next time you want to comment on why I have only one child, DON’T!

We’re a family of three, live with it!

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The Reset Button

20130215_210841You know how when you look into the mirror you see your physical appearance stare back at you, in much the same way when you look at your children, a lot of your own habits and personality traits are reflected in them. And some of those habits you didn’t even know you had or at least didn’t want to admit they were there.

I never realized that I exaggerate a lot. I often use the expression “hundreds of xyz..” when xyz can easily be counted on one hand. I also like to make sweeping statements. “I’ll never do ____ again!” and there I am doing it the very next day. It’s only when I started hearing my son say and do the same that I realized that he was doing exactly what I do.

It’s also a little scary watching my child grow into a mini-me. Maybe I have hundreds of wrong habits that he might adopt and can never ever get rid of… Maybe he.. Wait, what? I’m doing it again aren’t I?. Just getting carried away.

This is also the reason why people want to give up bad habits when they become parents. They don’t want their children to follow suit. Some personality traits are hard to get rid of and are not really harmful whereas other habits like smoking should definitely be stopped when you have children. The only time my husband quit smoking in our 11 years of marriage is when my son was born. Although he took it up again after a year, it is commendable that he was able to quit considering how difficult it is.

But that’s how it is with children. They make us want to be better people. When a child is born, it is not only a new life for him/her but also for the parents. It’s as if a reset button is pushed and a question is asked, “Can you be a better person now?”

Chatterbox

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” — Blaise Pascal
Where do you fall on the brevity/verbosity spectrum?

“Mama, do you know what a chatterbox is?” said my nearly 5 year old son one afternoon. Without waiting for me to answer he continued, “A chatterbox is a person who talks too much. Like me!”

Later in the afternoon I took him to the playground in the country club near our house. “Hello, good afternoon!” said the receptionist smiling brightly.

“Hello” replied my son. “I’m going to the playground because I don’t have my swimming lesson today. My swimming costume is blue which is my favorite color.”

At the playground he met 5 girls who were in the 6 to 10 years range and were playing on the swings.

“Hello, I’m Nadir what’s your name?” The girls started giggling and looking at each other, feeling a bit shy to answer.

Soon enough they were standing around him while he told them where he was from, where he was living before coming here and where he went to school. He also proceeded to demonstrate the right way to sit on the swing.

Wherever he goes he wants to have a conversation with everyone. He especially likes to talk to adults because they ask him questions whereas other children are usually too shy to answer him.

I don’t know where he gets it from as my husband and I are both a bit reserved when it comes to talking to strangers and generally don’t talk that much. I was joking with my husband that soon the whole neighborhood will know everything about us thanks to Nadir and we won’t have any secrets.

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A Mom’s Favorite Smell

From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?

My favorite smell has got to be the smell of a freshly bathed little 4 year old (I wrote bathed not baked, what did you think??) who is ready for bed in his cuddly night suit and who proudly declares, “Look Mama, I’m clean and fresh!”

After a whole day’s hard work of playing, jumping, running, talking, sweating and a bit of crying, it really is refreshing to take a bath and wind down. It also signals the close of business for Mama who can finally relax undisturbed with her laptop. But before that can happen, the little one has to be put to sleep. Two story books and the third story from my imagination does the trick and the little fellow is soon sleeping peacefully.

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Friday Fictioneers: On Board

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“Do I have you on board?”

In front of Dave sat his three children looking at him open mouthed. They had been making plans for their Easter holidays and Dave had just proposed that they spend these holidays at home and make the most of it as he couldn’t take time off.

Little Adam looked at his older sister and gave a cheeky smile showing his missing front teeth. Daddy always sounded funny when he spoke like that.

“Daddy you’re not the CEO here, you’re at home!”

Dave smiled. “Really, then who is?”

“Mummy!” replied all the children together.

This post has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/14-march-2014/

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

Saira had twin boys. Well they were not exactly twins but there were just 11months between them and for all practicalities they were like twins. As you can imagine, her house was always filled with excited voices, magnified screams, simultaneous laughter and heartbreaking crying.

One day as Saira went about her household chores leaving the two boys playing in the lounge she heard something unusual.

Silence.

On further investigation she discovered them in the bathroom with her younger son standing in a bucket of water with his clothes on and her older son pouring water on his head with a mug. Apparently they felt the heat of the summer and decided to have a bath with the younger one going first.

P1010214For a mother, silence sets off alarm bells. If there is silence and my 4 year old is not asleep then he is definitely up to no good. And if when I approach him he tells me that he is not doing anything I can be sure that he has already done it.

My son is extremely talkative and he is talking non-stop until he falls asleep. Literally. He talks while watching TV since there are a lot of questions to be asked, he talks while he’s having a bath and of course his stories are endless while he’s playing.

When I was pregnant with him he heard a lot of silence. I used to go to work where I would sit alone in my own office, come home and read a bit, not watch any TV and fall asleep. My husband was working in another city so there was nobody to talk to either. After all that silence, I think my son is making up for it.

But now I am so used to the house echoing my son’s personality, that when he is not around the silence can be deafening.

Chitter chatter, chatter chatter

Through the whole day,

It’s really so much better,

To hear my son play.

Tick tock, tick tock,

Go the clocks in my home

No sounds of sweet talk

When my son’s out to roam.

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

  1. The Sound of Silence | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  2. Listen to the silence | Master Of Disaster
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | JGTravels
  4. Eight Things I Wish I Knew Before I Taught at a Boarding School | Kosher Adobo
  5. The Sounds of Silence* | Icescreammama
  6. underwood | yi-ching lin photography
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Moments | anonim0us
  9. Moments | anonim0us
  10. Silent Agony | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  11. Silent crimes | Speaking Voiceless
  12. The Sound of Silence is a beautiful thing | Amanda Montomery
  13. Hug Her Back | Fish Of Gold
  14. Media Blackouts Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  15. As Loud as Silence | Chimerical Chicanery
  16. Unspeakable | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  17. Aborted Words | The Backwords
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | carojesu
  19. yesterday’s snow lets | y
  20. A SILENT SONG | Diary of a mind
  21. A Common Baby Myth: Babies Should Sleep in Silence.. Ssshhh! | Peek-a-boo: Baby and You!
  22. Silence « mediumblackdog
  23. Never Give Up, Never Give In: My Epiphany! | Hope and Faith
  24. Brady’s Silence (explicit) | Stories From My Mind
  25. Coyote Hill | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  26. A Silence Louder Than Words | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Tales from the Motherland
  28. When The Silence Almost Deafens You | Unload and Unwind
  29. Classy Broad
  30. The Day I Found My Voice | A Path of Living Stones
  31. When you said “Nobody loves you” | So Not Simple
  32. Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for… | Crap I Blog About
  33. WWC: The Sound of Silence | Learning the Anishinaabe Way
  34. Who Said So? | Buzzy Beez
  35. Silence challenge | knovak616
  36. The Silence Welcomes Me | StormieSteele
  37. Weekly Writing Challenge: Have you seen me? | Life of A Fallen Angel
  38. Silence | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  39. The Things We Don’t Say | A Sign Of Life
  40. Breaking The Sound Of Silence | At least we made it this far…
  41. In the silence of a word | MC’s Whispers
  42. From Silence Came Wisdom | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  43. Blog challenge – The sound of silence « Defy The Narrative
  44. Could the end of ‘that time of the month’ be related to that time of the year? | Minnesota Transplant
  45. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Echoes of My Past
  46. Good Grief | Wittyburg.com
  47. silence and snow | from dreams to plans
  48. Weekly Writing Challenge: Sounds of Silence | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  49. Jumpers for goalposts… | Dreaminspice
  50. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Pop-Culture-Referenced
  51. The Silent Sisters | 22 going on 33
  52. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Bringing Out the God-Colors in the World
  53. Suicide no. 27: Vow of Silence | derekalanwilkinson
  54. Silent White | Mary J Melange
  55. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Your Original LUPUSDIVA….
  56. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | No Apologies
  57. Cable Cut-off | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  58. Silence so Loud | My Weigh To Lose
  59. Silencing the Critics’ Chorus | V Learns Something New
  60. Silence of the Blog « ph.d. in creative writing
  61. Life: The Search For Someone Who Understands You | Paint Before Death
  62. Silence | Dandilyonz-4-U
  63. Remaining Silent | Bits of Life
  64. Inexhaustible Treasure | Love in the Spaces
  65. HOW DOES SILENCE SOUND? | SERENDIPITY
  66. A moment in Paris | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”