A Child’s thoughts on Father’s Day

20130221_185244_1Since my husband is in Bahrain this week (our week starts from Sunday) we decided to celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday. I wrote a short poem for my 4 year old son to sing to his Dad for the occasion, but my son had already made his own song which was another version of the “Bumblebee song” he sings in nursery. This is how his song went:

Father’s Day, Father’s Day,

Landing on my street,

Father’s Day, Father’s Day,

Now he’s in Bahrain.

In Saudi, in hotel, in Dubai,

Father’s Day Father’s Day,

He lands and then he goes.

This song is far better than what I wrote and gives some insight into the mind of a child. I knew that the frequent travelling that my husband does and that he has been in Saudi for two years commuting over the weekends to Dubai must be having his toll on our young son but this is the first time he actually expressed it.

Children cannot understand that their fathers are working hard for them, they need their physical presence. They need to engage with them. My son was playing football with his dad on the weekend and he was so happy with the time he got with his dad that he kept telling him in between goals that he loves him.

For my husband it is so hard to be travelling all the time and when he comes home tired, to have to make an effort to engage with his son who has been eagerly waiting for him. More often than not they just end up “wrestling” on the sofa because my husband is mentally too tired to have a conversation with him and physically too tired to run around with him.

We are in transition of moving to Bahrain and now after 2 years of commuting we will be together like a normal family. My son will see his Dad every day and it will be normal for him to have him around. For now, my husband has already joined his new job in Bahrain and we are waiting for visas. Hopefully everything will work out and we will settle down soon. Till then the situation will remain:

He lands and then he goes.

Smoking & the Heart

My grandmother smoked since she was a young girl. She belonged to the time when smoking was thought fashionable and not much was known about its ill effects. She married when she was 16, had 3 children and travelled the world with her husband who was a doctor in the army. I remember they would call each other “Darling” and seldom by their names.

In her old age she developed heart disease. The doctors told her to quit smoking or she would just get worse. Her family pleaded with her to give up the habit. My brother who was studying to be a doctor at the time told her, “Nani, every time you smoke you lose 5 minutes of your life.” She was quick to reply “I would rather have the cigarette.” She suffered from heart attacks which left her weak but she survived.

When my grandfather died she lost her husband of nearly 60 years. She died soon after. I think she died of a broken heart.

Daily Prompt: Happy Endings

  1. The End | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Little red rascals | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Happy Endings – A myth? | TechPersonified
  4. And they say ‘Happily Ever After’ is an ending… | JC Bride ~
  5. DP Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Sabethville
  6. Holy Crap. I haven’t considered that before. Quit Quitting… | thoughtsofrkh
  7. My Struggle With Binge Eating | Wind on my Skin
  8. The day I told the world to shove it! | From One Crazy Life To Another
  9. Willie And The Norwegian Flangiprop | The Jittery Goat
  10. Silenced – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  11. Pink Slime | Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | likereadingontrains
  12. Almost Cold Turkey. | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. When You Are Told No! | The Photo Faith Challenge
  14. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Melissa Holden
  15. Things seem tiny because My mind is even more Tiny | So Not Simple
  16. Cold Turkey | Kate Murray
  17. The End | Finale to an Entrance
  18. forgiveness should | y
  19. Mr. Reality’s Class Ceiling | Catching A Scent of Salt…
  20. When Quitting is for Winners! | meanderedwanderings
  21. Chocolate Cream Cups : Friday Night Party! Do you want to join the wagon? | simplyvegetarian777
  22. Happy Endings? My Addiction. | Abstractions of Life
  23. Daily Prompt – « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  24. The Beginning of a Happy Ending | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  25. What is “cold turkey”? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  26. Quitting: A Happy Ending | Delicious Ambiguity
  27. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Whistonwick | Writing and Works
  29. Happy beginnings | Life is great
  30. Endings Are Beginnings | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  31. 259. Cold Turkey | Barely Right of Center
  32. Dead Branch | Wanderlein
  33. Happy End To Shopping This Morning | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  34. When I Broke Up With Coke
  35. Death – Daily Prompt photo | alienorajt
  36. I’m not NOT quitting. | The Playground
  37. The End Became the Beginning | The View From Here
  38. Given Up On Giving Up – Daily Prompt – Happy Ending | Views Splash!
  39. The End | Flowers and Breezes
  40. Happy Endings | The Nameless One
  41. I Quit Facebook/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. The End | Happily Skipping Thru Life
  43. Daily Prompt: The End | That Montreal Girl
  44. Rebirth | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  45. if you break into | y
  46. Confessions of a T. S. G. | gogirlgone
  47. Smoke On | Just Visiting This Planet
  48. Why it’s better to never start in the first place: | Rob’s Surf Report
  49. Daily Prompt – Happy Endings – Be Told |
  50. Haiku- The End | chinks’ lounge
  51. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings – My Life, My Way, My Words
  52. To the Sweetest | The Shotgun Girls
  53. REQUIESCAT IN PACE | Serendipity
  54. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | The Wandering Poet
  55. Happy End | Passionately Bored
  56. Just Give Me the Oreos and No One Gets Hurt | Shades of Teal
  57. Maynards? I Quit You | Baby Gates Down
  58. The Day that I Quit Keeping Secrets | This thing called, “Life.”
  59. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Kauniiksi katsottu – Seen as Beautiful
  60. Happy Endings Challenge « lordmikle
  61. The End of Fear: Happiness in Traveling the World « psychologistmimi
  62. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  63. Happy Endings | Chomp, Chomp, Chomp! | Creating My World
  64. Someone New – A Love Story | Losing It
  65. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  66. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings/Not So Sure How Happy the Endings Are | To Breathe is to Write
  67. Day 32: The Surest Way To Never Get Somewhere | The Sacred Architecture of Here and Now
  68. Melancholia | field of thorns
  69. Let me let you go… | vic briggs
  70. Daily Prompt: Happy Ending to a Football Game | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  71. I Know How To Quit You | Edward Hotspur
  72. line goes dead | fragments of life
  73. A neverending story | Le Drake Noir
  74. Guilty pleasures | zaphnathpaaneah
  75. Basque Sheepherders and Unintended Consequences | Exploratorius
  76. Something I’ve tried to quit | bonng
  77. One Starving Activist
  78. How to Quit Cigarettes or People | Red’s Wrap
  79. Happy ending – f*ck conformity | How to raise a tiger
  80. Daily Prompt: I Wish I Knew How To Quit You | Morrighan’s Muse
  81. Daily prompt: Happy endings, ending happiness – take your pick | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  82. What I Learned From Trying to Watch Professional Football | Kosher Adobo
  83. Charlotte is happy !! | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  84. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Crohn’s and Cupcakes
  85. DP: HAPPY ENDINGS | DANDELION’S DEN
  86. Daily Prompt: The End of the Road | @ The West Gate
  87. “Hor-Jiak” – Singlish for Good Eats | Buzzy Beez
  88. Monthly Tasks To Empower, not Enable | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  89. If At First You Don’t Succeed | Wiley’s Wisdom
  90. Into the Blue | Recovery Miles
  91. Happy Endings – Starting a Journey Back to a Healthy Body | Deliberating Dave
  92. Happy Ending | Help Along the Path
  93. Thoughts about quitting | Willow’s Corner
  94. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Basically Beyond Basic
  95. A List of Bad Habits | readingwithafeather
  96. “Happy Endings” | Relax

The Strength of Family

I’ve had good friends throughout my life but they’ve come and gone. I’m still in touch with many of my school friends but they’re living their own lives so far away. All this time the person I’ve been closest to is my sister.

By coincidence when I moved to Dubai she had moved here as well just a month earlier. We live only 15 minutes away from each other. Before that we were both living in the same city where we had spent all of our childhood. We’ve been together all of our lives.

I saw my sister who is a doctor look after my father when he was dying of cancer. I learnt from her that no matter how many friends you have it is family you can depend on in times of need. Family is the most important thing you can have.  You don’t choose your family but they are a blessing that God bestows upon you.

In every crisis we have faced I have seen my family come together. After my parents I know I can depend on my siblings if ever I need them. For the same reason I panic at the thought that my son is an only child. Who will he turn to when his parents are no longer around?

Just the other day when I was driving my son to school he said, “Dear God please give Mama a baby”. I was very surprised that he said that but at the same time I repeated in my head “Dear God, please listen to him.” I hope my son gets to experience the joys of having siblings and never has to feel alone in this world.

Me with my brother and sister

Me with my brother and sister

Daily Prompt: BFFs

  1. Friends | The Magic Black Book
  2. You want to see best friends against the world? | From One Crazy Life To Another
  3. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Journeyman
  4. Voices | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. A Speck Of Green – Part 1(Looking for Dad) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Kith and kin | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: BFFs | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  8. things to learn | y
  9. Learning the lesson of love… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. DP Daily Prompt: BFFS | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt – Lesson Learned: A Haiku; Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | LisaRosier.com
  12. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Daily Prompt: BFFs | laura-in-china
  14. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. The lady with the plasters | Kate Murray
  16. Friends Trust Each Other Prayers and Promises
  17. Daily Prompt: BFFs | The Wandering Poet
  18. Defy the Diet | Daily Prompt: BFFs | likereadingontrains
  19. Seriously? | My Author-itis
  20. Friends | trifectumblog
  21. The one who spoke | dandelionsinwind
  22. Learning from each other | Geek Ergo Sum
  23. Those I Adore | Writing and Works
  24. Mans best friend | From One Crazy Life To Another
  25. A BFF Haiku | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. I’ll Be There For You (When the Rain Starts to Fall) | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  27. Special Purpose or Special Man | marjanitalarosa
  28. Lessons Learned « One Crazy Mom
  29. Get Back Up | Wanderlein
  30. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good. | Amoeba Kat Musings
  31. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Me and the Outlaw Jesse James
  32. Daily prompt: BFFs | ferwam
  33. Never Letting Go | Pretty ToThinkSo…
  34. A Poem: A Bit of Friendly Advice | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  35. Smoke Flares Must Taste Delicious | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  36. BFFs! | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  37. My Best Sisfur… | Haiku By Ku
  38. Daily Post: BFF aka A girl called Gigi | Willow Blackbird
  39. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Wordz on a Page
  40. Daily Prompt: BFFs | No Apologies
  41. Daily Prompt: Let Your Hair Down! | birgerbird
  42. Inspirational words from a friend | Processing the life
  43. Friends You Can Trust | Flowers and Breezes
  44. Alles Geben | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. The Urban Family | londonlately
  46. Ode to Spam | Farfetched Friends
  47. BFF Lessons | The Nameless One
  48. BFFs?? Sure! | LenzExperiments
  49. Best Friends Forever | Eyes to Heart
  50. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Falling in Love

(My son at 2 months with his father)PicsArt_1389979133298

A Gift of Love

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

  1. perfect | yi-ching lin photography
  2. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Family – Struggle
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Ese’ s Voice
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  5. Family (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  6. Swimming with Pigs | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Stephen Chapman
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family « LargeSelf
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Chittle Chattle
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Flickr Comments
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Just Snaps
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Being a Huntress
  14. Noise Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | autopict
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: FAMILY | Lost in Translation
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family – Joy and Woe
  18. WPC – Family | PHOTO & POETRY
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge : Family | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Hope* the happy hugger
  21. Laughter | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | The Wandering Poet
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Joe’s Musings
  24. The History of Tattoo – Part 4: Biker, Chicano and Prison | Cardinal Guzman
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | So where’s the snow?
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  27. photography ~~ family (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family #iphoneography | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  29. weekly photo challenge: family | Curls n Skirls
  30. We are happy family | Kaleidoscope
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | nancy merrill photography
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  33. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Family | Milka Pejovic
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | juliapulia
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Finding Life
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | castelsarrasin
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Life of A Fallen Angel
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Stefan Praetorius Naurin
  39. Cooking vareniki with cabbage and potatoes. January 2012. Part One | Vintage Photography
  40. The Apple Family….(Insert Addams Family Theme Tune Here) | Steve Says….
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Untold Contemplation
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Rainbow Photography – Scotland
  43. Family is the place you always call home | Thirdeyemom
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Picture the Pretty
  45. Turkeys: a short story | Beyond the Brush
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Creative Mind
  47. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  48. Shichigosan At Meiji Jingu | The Urge To Wander
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | decocraftsdigicrafts
  50. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FAMILY | Francine In Retirement
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Cee’s Photography
  52. 151 | jotpegi.me
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (What’s With The Portrait?) | 2812 photography
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | TinaBHH
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge : Family | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | What Is It?!?
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | artishorseshit
  59. Today, on Earth
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: family | paintedwords
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Today, on Earth
  62. weekly photo challenge: family | wise monkeys abroad
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | marthalisek
  64. Family photo | Life Love Lily
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | What’s (in) the picture?
  66. Silver, Family, Waiting | Jaspa’s Journal
  67. WPC: Family | Nature on the Edge
  68. Family | de Wets Wild
  69. Siblinkship | feelosophical
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Window | That Time In
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | That Time In
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Lipgloss and a Backpack
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Rois
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Shaking the tree
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | khaula mazhar
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Home that We Built
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | At least we made it this far…
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Journeyman
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Wind Against Current
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | MythRider
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Elämän katupeili
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Photoblog
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | travels with toby
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | six degrees photography
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Project Remnant Redo & Photo Challenge too
  86. Same but Different|Weekly Photo Challenge – Family
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Rural Iowa Pastor
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (seen on the way to the subway) | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | YSalma
  90. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family Through the Eyes of a Niña | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  91. [Weekly Photo Challenge: Family] Strong Family Bonding | nazh al itsnaen
  92. WPC: Family | beeblu blog
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | VernetteOutLoud
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Irregular Ventilator
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family, not exclusive to humans | @ The West Gate
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | soletusknow
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Life of a Minister Mom
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Northwest Frame of Mind
  99. Photo of the Day | Elements of Thought
  100. FAMILY: APPLES, TREES, BRANCH AND TWIG | SERENDIPITY
  101. Three Trees at the Lake | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  102. ♥♥ Weekly Photo Challenge: Family ♥♥ | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
  103. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Retired2Travel
  104. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Snapshots & Smiles
  105. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Outreach
  106. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | imexcited
  107. Photo Challenge: Family | A Well Seasoned Life
  108. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | stenoodie
  109. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | This, that and the other thing
  110. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Travel-Stained
  111. WP Weekly Photo Challenge 1/17/2014: Family | CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: Families | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  113. Family | The Syllabub Sea
  114. Weekly photo challenge: family | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  115. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family « Sasieology
  116. Part of the family | Stevie’s Words
  117. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | tagnoue
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | 963 Thai Days
  119. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Holoholo Girls
  120. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Wilderness Escapades
  121. Elephant Family on my Doorstep | Travel with Intent
  122. If the shoe fits. | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | roastbeefandrakija
  124. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (2) | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  125. Turkish Encounters | Lucid Gypsy
  126. hermit | yi-ching lin photography
  127. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | The River Mom
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | The Ring Lady
  129. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | TRAVEL WORDS
  130. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | It’s Challenging!
  131. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Last Train to QVille
  132. After work family eating | GeoFoodie
  133. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | shutter + bliss
  134. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Travels and Trifles
  135. Thirteen Plus Two | Mary J Melange
  136. Weekly Photo Challenge-Family | WoollyMuses
  137. Weekly Photo Challenge 2014: FAMILY | girltuesday speaks
  138. My Furamily (3 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  139. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family « Leya
  140. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Say It With A Camera
  141. My Furamily: Cuddles (5 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  142. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Geophilia Photography
  143. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Love in the Spaces
  144. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (II) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  145. We are family | Thin spiral notebook
  146. We are Family! | Wahine Wednesdays
  147. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Sued51’s Blog

What is Happiness?

Happiness is

IMG_0093covering yourself with yummy chocolate cereal,

DSCN4666discovering big bottles in the newly bought groceries and rolling them on the floor,

P1000689splashing in the water in the hot summer sun,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAjumping on Dad when he’s trying to take a nap,

20130325_172249playing in the rain for the very first time,

IMG-20131122-WA0007blowing out the candles of your birthday cake,

20140101_143922_1and most of all, happiness is just hanging out with Mom and Dad!

Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy

  1. The Impossibility of Boredom in London | As I please
  2. Happy | Active Army Wife
  3. Happiness Is A Choice | My Little Avalon
  4. Happiness | Kate Murray
  5. Daily Prompt: A Happy Haiku; Sunday, January 5, 2014 | LisaRosier.com
  6. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Occasional Stuff
  7. Happy | tuckedintoacorner
  8. It’s not What You Have, It’s Who You’re With | My Author-itis
  9. A Prompt of Joy | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  10. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  11. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/daily-prompt-happy/ | The Secret World of Pixie Knucklecracker
  12. Whee feel the Happies! | The Pawsey Piggy Troupe
  13. How to be less miserable | How to be good at everything
  14. Your greatest Weakness becomes your greatest Strength | A Teacher’s Blog
  15. Happiness | margber photography
  16. Goofy Dog | Purple Rosemary
  17. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | cdvisions inspirations
  18. Someone to Love | Finale to an Entrance
  19. Daily Prompt; Happy Happy Joy Joy | sixty, single and surviving
  20. Price of Happy | Swell Time
  21. Finding happiness and joy through recovery | Liberation through Soberiety
  22. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Finding Life
  23. Happy. Superficial and happy. | The Playground
  24. DP Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Sabethville
  25. Surprised by Joy . . . | meanderedwanderings
  26. The Philosophy of Life – In Pursuit of Happiness | Fictional Creation
  27. a study in coincidences.
  28. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  29. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  30. when happiness is passe. | a study in coincidences.
  31. New Year celebrations, as they used to be in Albania and how it is today for me in England | Laura’s Little Things
  32. Be Happy for this Moment | Flowers and Breezes
  33. Happy, Happy, Light, Joy! | Misifusa’s Blog
  34. Happiness Is A Japanese Video Game | A Sign Of Life
  35. Happy Happy Joy Joy | Geek Ergo Sum
  36. Remember these words | Lenise
  37. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Awl and Scribe
  38. Safe and warm and sexy! | alienorajt
  39. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  40. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | thechangingpalette
  41. Happy | Window on my world
  42. The Wednesday Project: Melancholy, Sadness and my Smashing Little Pumpkins | Cogito Ergo Mum
  43. Happiness is… | Tye Dye and Tea
  44. S. Thomas Summers | WordPress Photo Challenge: Beginning
  45. The Bible; The Book About “Me” | The Jittery Goat
  46. Daily Prompt: Happy | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  47. A Tour of Happiness: Random Thoughts on What It Is | Thoughts From Le Golden Land
  48. Happy Pup… | Haiku By Ku
  49. The Maddie Diaries – Going Home | GCimages
  50. Daily Prompt: Joyful | One Starving Activist
  51. Possessions cannot do it for me! | alienorajt
  52. Daily Prompt : Happy Happy Joy Joy | Well… « LoudThoughtsVoicedOut
  53. Daily Prompt Response: Happiness | forgiveness for wanderers
  54. Great Joys Begin with a Whisper | Today, on Earth
  55. Different definitions | The Word Trance
  56. Happy is The Artist in Me | My Play Nook
  57. Sunshine : Happy happy joy joy | Processing the life
  58. TEST | Gitarrenunterricht in Bad Vilbel
  59. The Joy of Ice Breaking | Indonesian Ocean
  60. Big Yellow Sweater | Just Visiting This Planet
  61. Happy AND Grieving? | Living Without My Twin Sister
  62. Happiness is Beautiful Collaboration | 61 Musings
  63. Living Without My Twin Sister
  64. Happy is as Happy Does…(WP Daily Prompt) | Daily Observations
  65. Conceito de felicidade | Sonhos desencontrados
  66. Happiness is Knowing that God is Always There For You | Mod with Love
  67. Feeling happy: A running list that includes wheat and dairy | Lauren Kells
  68. Happiness but | shame
  69. Winter Blessings | Scraps of Paper
  70. Happy Happy Joy Joy | The Nameless One
  71. especially in | y
  72. Steps towards happiness | Emovere
  73. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy « Mama Bear Musings
  74. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy « cognitive reflection
  75. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Comments from Cathy
  76. Putting a Good Face on It: Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  77. The Importance of Being Happy | MC’s Whispers
  78. Everybody has the right to be Happy! | Words ‘n Pics…
  79. Daily Prompt: Happy To Be Here | Morrighan’s Muse
  80. Happiness – A Quick (Rhyming) List | The Armchair Socialite
  81. Happiness is a Good Product | Harmless Propaganda
  82. Happy Happy Joy Joy | The Scarlett letters
  83. Joy in a Bottle | The Photo Reel
  84. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Basically Beyond Basic
  85. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | niennie
  86. Happy, happy, joy, joy – I love me most of all | The Road Less Paved
  87. In Her Own Words | Beatingrheumatoidarthritis
  88. Why helping my kids be happy means letting them be miserable | Cogito Ergo Mum
  89. Happiness is… | Words ‘n Pics…
  90. Joy To My World and Yours | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  91. The wags | Fictionalism
  92. Happy Happy Joy Joy | Wicked Words
  93. Dodge Ball, Trampoline Style | Desert Ramblings
  94. Day 5: Happiness | The Sacred Architecture of Here and Now
  95. Daily Prompt: Photographers show Happy! | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  96. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Journey Taker
  97. 05/01/2014 | Thediaspeaks;
  98. Daily Prompt: Happiness | Square One Notes
  99. Choice of Happiness. | ladydibsalot
  100. Daily Prompt : Happy happy joy joy | Mon beau manoir
  101. Happy « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  102. Joy | Retrofocus
  103. Of things what makes me happy. | Concentrate On Yourself
  104. “What does happiness look like to you?” | To Adding Value.
  105. Finding authentic happiness in the Christian life | Authentic Christian Living
  106. Transcendence | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  107. Passion Flower, Prince of the Garden | field of thorns
  108. Show Me Happiness | tembalimbo
  109. It’s the small things that matter | TJ Barker in Seattle
  110. Sooooooo How was YOUR day? | From One Crazy Life To Another
  111. Happy, happy, joy, joy | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  112. Happy | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  113. Happy Hawaiin Joy Joy | Cornelison
  114. My kinda HAPPY | VernetteOutLoud
  115. Winter 2014: Happy Love Love | Aurora Morealist
  116. Before There Was You – A Mommy’s Poem | The Pinterested Parent
  117. On Happiness: Myths Debunked | Chronicles of a Suburban Nature Mom
  118. Can I pick ‘em or what? | Better Than Reality
  119. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Coco Girls Chronicles
  120. Sunlight | Recovery Miles
  121. Haiku: Mornings | The Gaia Experience
  122. Happiness | The Silver Leaf Journal
  123. Bird of Happiness | Overcoming Bloglessness
  124. A Pair of Overalls and a Chicken Nugget | Kosher Adobo
  125. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | This Blog Needs A Title
  126. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE LIMONCELLO KIND | Words We Women Write
  127. What does happiness look like? | Whimsical Wisdom
  128. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | Making Life an Art
  129. Daily prompt: Happiness | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  130. Happiness and Joy | Ramblings from the Swamp
  131. Happiness is… | Liv, Love, Laugh
  132. of happiness « Anawnimiss
  133. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | oxyplus2
  134. Happiness and Joy… | The Christian Gazette
  135. joy | searchedafterfoundeverywhere
  136. Happy Happy Joy Joy | Poetry Novice
  137. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy. | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  138. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy | (living a) Rahab Life
  139. Happy, Happy, Happy: Daily Post | Destino
  140. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy – Test Day | salman’s blog
  141. It’s A Win-Win | Wiley’s Wisdom
  142. ON THE WALL: think happy thoughts | Peach Farm Studio
  143. Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy | genieve celada | photography
  144. Daily Prompt for Pound of Coffee | DHAltman

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)

Imperfections

Who is the person in your life who can do no wrong? Describe this person and tell us why you hold them in such high esteem.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PRECIOUS.

There are many people in my life that I hold in high esteem, but it’s not because they can do no wrong.

Someone who does no wrong is probably someone who does nothing!

My family and my husband’s family are all precious to me. They have been there for me for every up and down in my life, they have supported me and loved me. Sure they all have their faults, everyone does, but I cannot do without them.

They can be irritating, indifferent and biased at times but they give me security, make me feel wanted and alive.

Their imperfections perfectly fit into my life.

Daily Prompt: My Precious

  1. #52 | Behind The Forms
  2. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: My Precious – Vinay Sir
  3. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. of power games « Anawnimiss
  5. Everything I Own Has Alittle Bit of Doghair On It | Katherine’s Daughter
  6. Precious | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Precious | The Magic Black Book
  8. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Awl and Scribe
  9. Precious | for the joy of tiff
  10. Love’s Invitation | Musings from a practical mystic
  11. precious | yi-ching lin photography
  12. How Does Evolution Explain Trust And Spirituality? | The Jittery Goat
  13. i worry, and i don’t | y
  14. Mmm. Hobbit porn. (NO! Filthy self, shut up.) | thoughtsofrkh
  15. Precious imperfection | alienorajt
  16. My Precious | Geek Ergo Sum
  17. Winter Wonderland | Blue Loft
  18. To My Dear and Loving Husband | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  19. Three Categories | The Number FiftyTwo
  20. My Precious | Active Army Wife
  21. My Life Partner ! | Dreams to Reality !
  22. 232. The Precious One | Barely Right of Center
  23. Imagination or Utopia | crookedeyebrows
  24. A Letter: | ♥Barb’s Magical Land Of Oz♥
  25. In The Highest Esteem | Stuphblog
  26. Daily Prompt: My Precious – The One You Love | L5GN
  27. Structure | johnny ojanpera
  28. High Esteem – Not | Hope* the happy hugger
  29. The Lurker’s List | My Precious
  30. My Precious | ART BLOG
  31. Dolce Far Niente – Sweet Doing Nothing | An Upturned Soul
  32. One of My Babies Has Fur & Bad Breath | The Pinterested Parent
  33. Pedestals are for Works of Art
  34. Life Has Precious Moments Take, Enjoy When You Can | Kansa Muse
  35. Daily Prompt: My Precious « Mama Bear Musings
  36. THE ARCHANGEL OF LIFE | soumyav
  37. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Nicki
  38. Daily Prompt: My Precious | osvaldomontanares
  39. Closer to the Sun | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  40. My Mama… | Haiku By Ku
  41. Yellow Orchid | Exploring the world
  42. osvaldomontanares
  43. Bro’s before… | I am Lynn
  44. My Precious | lifewithgreeneyes
  45. DAILY POST: OUR MOST PRECIOUS FUR CHILD | SERENDIPITY
  46. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. Together | The Mockingbird in Me
  48. Precious (or Mother) | Finale to an Entrance
  49. My Precious, My Bestfriend | The Story of a Guy
  50. Daily Prompt: My Precious | kimmiecode 🙂
  51. Imperfect | Life is great
  52. Nurturing Thursday: Blessings Abound! | Light Words
  53. Precious Tigeress | The Artistic Nobody
  54. Thursday Thought | Tommia’s Tablet
  55. Precious |
  56. She’s Precious. Enough Said. | Momma Roars
  57. Precious Children? Bah, Humbug | Parents Are People Too
  58. Daily Prompt: My Precious | And then you’re at Jax
  59. Precious: Daily Post | Destino