If My Father Met My Husband

My father passed away when I was in my early 20s, a good few years before I got married. He never got to meet his son-in-law.

What if I could have one wish granted and I would wish for them to meet, what would they say to each other? This is how the scene, I imagine, would enact.

We’re all seated on the dining table and my husband is as usual fiddling with his mobile phone. My father in his true military style, tells him off for doing that. Not a great way to start the proceedings but that’s how blunt my father was. He had been through two wars commanding a tank regiment and he was not one to be diplomatic. He also believed that dinner time was a time of bonding for the family and always made sure that his 3 children sat together and shared the proceedings of the day.

While I glare at my husband, he mutters something about always having to be connected and puts his mobile away. My father starts talking about an incident that happened to him on a train in Italy and my husband at once responds with a few of his own travel tales as well. This is something they both like talking about and the ice is broken. My father was an avid traveller and even when he was in the hospital for the last time, he wanted to know about my work trip to France.

The real bonding takes place after the meal when they both go out to smoke. My father was a smoker all his life but in his later years he quit when he found out that his blood pressure was high. But for this meeting he doesn’t mind lighting up. After all his blood pressure isn’t going anywhere.

This is where the conversation becomes intense. They talk about life, married life, raising children, standing up for what’s right and having faith. They come in laughing and joking as I pour out the green tea for them.

Before my father takes his leave I desperately want to know what he thought of his son-in-law and did he approve? It doesn’t matter that we’ve been married for 11 years, I still want to know what he thinks. As if to answer me, he gives me a hug and a kiss and tells me to always be happy. As he goes towards the door, he turns around to take one last look at me.

And then he’s gone.

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Family Traditions

When I was growing up we had a tradition that for dinner we would all sit together and discuss what had transpired the whole day. At lunch time this wasn’t possible because everyone had different timings but we made sure we got together at night. Thanks to this I think I am very close to my siblings and we are never out of touch even though we have our own lives now.

On the festival of Eid my mom would prepare a special meal and the whole family got together at our place. This continued even after my sister and I got married and moved into our own homes. We would congregate at my mother’s place just after the Eid prayers. Later when I moved to Dubai I started having this Eid get together at my place since my husband is the oldest of his siblings and its part of tradition that the oldest hosts on this occasion.

My husband and I have made a tradition of having a movie date every weekend. He has been working out of the country during the week and we take pleasure in having a meal followed by a movie during the weekend. This is the time that we have reserved for each other (without the kiddo) every week. Once you have children sometimes you have to make an extra effort to find time for the couple. But I think we both realize how important it is.

With my son we have a routine of driving him to the park every Friday morning (here the weekend is Friday/Saturday). He plays for some time in the playground then we have a picnic with some of the snacks we have brought for him. Then he runs around a little more and then we go home. This is our family time.

I think it’s important to have routines because then you make sure you’re not missing out on anything. It’s good to have some sort of order in your life as it gives you a sense of security and makes sure that the important things get done.

Daily Prompt: Time After Time

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  2. Ballerina | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
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  4. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Saleh Elgherbawi
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  6. Do more walking | The Bliss of Reality
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Time after Time | Sabethville
  8. Growing Up | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: Time After Time: #Coffee #Ritual | Of Glass & Paper
  10. chocolate | yi-ching lin photography
  11. we gather today | y
  12. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  13. A sweet memory of the past | Attempted Human Relations and Self
  14. The One Hit Wonder | the intrinsickness
  15. Sex appeal? Clumsy oafess? Time after Time… | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
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  17. A book review for World Book Day | Sue’s Trifles
  18. As traditions go, this one isn’t bad. Bit costly though… | thoughtsofrkh
  19. DAILY PROMPT: Ritual | cockatooscreeching
  20. Family. Rituals. War. | daggyshog tales
  21. Ritual « Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  22. You know Gail Baker down the road? | The verbal hedge
  23. A twisted family tradition | A picture is worth 1000 words
  24. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | My Other Blog
  25. The More Things Change… | My Author-itis
  26. Daily Prompt – Time After Time. |
  27. It’s spelled ‘Crucian’. | Asta’s Space
  28. Minutely Infinite | Traditionally Speaking
  29. The beauty of a fitness routine versus having a joint-eater to be thin « psychologistmimi
  30. Family Vocabulary: Traditions! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  31. Corn, Onions and Christianity | meanderedwanderings
  32. Daily Prompt: Time After Time « Mama Bear Musings
  33. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  34. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | On Our Fears its Soul Shall Feast
  35. Time After Time | The Nameless One
  36. I didn’t listen, what’s your excuse? | meg lago
  37. Time After Time | The Story of a Guy
  38. I [heart] Hotpot Dinners | Beez Giftz
  39. Time After Time Traditions Live | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  40. time after time | klstar2000
  41. My secret photography ritual. | What Katy Thought.
  42. A Tradition That Kept Us Still Standing | Navigate
  43. Birthday Traditions | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  44. Burn-Out | Green Embers
  45. Time After Time | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  46. I Wanna Live Again | Views Splash!
  47. Life’s Rituals: MissShy Gets Engaged | Ana Linden
  48. A Sunday Paratha | Flowers and Breezes
  49. “Time After Time” | Relax
  50. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  51. OSCAR ISN’T SACRED BUT WE WATCH ANYHOW | SERENDIPITY
  52. Year after year. | stilldaddyslittlegirl
  53. The Good Tradition Of Eurovision… | Steve Says…
  54. Birthday Tradition | Margaux’s Blog
  55. 65/365 ritual | @vannilla
  56. of small delights | Anawnimiss
  57. Awake at night | anonim0us
  58. Awake at night | anonim0us
  59. Traditions, start a good one. | Emotional Fitness
  60. A different kind of Christmas Tree (Daily Prompt: “Time After Time, Show Us Ritual”) | Photo0pal Photography
  61. Spot Me Bro! – A Daily Tradition | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD

Only With You

PicsArt_1389468293033Out of the ten years I’ve been married I’ve spent 3 ½ years with my husband commuting on weekends from another city or as in now from another country for work. We decided to have this situation because we didn’t want to sacrifice our lifestyle nor the opportunity that presented itself in my husband’s career.

However there comes a time when enough is enough. I no longer want to be on my own. I need my husband’s company and my son needs his father.

I have given my husband an ultimatum that his next posting which is due soon should be in a reasonable place where we can all live together.

During the week after my son goes to sleep at 8 o’clock I have nobody to talk to and it can get quite lonely. Then I have to handle everything on my own during the week. It’s not difficult physically but it is tough emotionally.

My son has got used to not having his dad around most of the time which is not a good thing. Sometimes it is so tough to deal with him on my own because if he’s not listening to me, his dad is not there either to take the matter in his hands. Most of the time because mothers show so much affection for their child that they are taken for granted and it is the father who does the disciplining. In my case I have to attempt to do both which often doesn’t work. And then of course he’s missing out on the father-son bonding.

I am happy to report that my husband has accepted my ultimatum and is working hard to rectify the situation. Let’s hope we are one normal family soon.

Daily Prompt: With or Without You

  1. Daily Prompt: With or Without You-Solving Conflict | Journeyman
  2. Daily Prompt: Complex « Vicariously Poetic
  3. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Feuding Neighbors Create “Sno-Man’s” Land | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  5. A Very Big Mistake | Knowledge Addiction
  6. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  7. Brandon’s Mentor And The Daily Prmpt | The Jittery Goat
  8. When People Have More Faith in You than Yourself | Rima Hassan
  9. Drawing a line in the sand: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. Streetlight | 365 days of defiance
  11. Daily Prompt: Till Death do us Part? | Anniemation Floe
  12. A Game of Picnic | My Play Nook
  13. Stop Telling Lies Or Else! – Writing | wangsgard.com
  14. Torture of Four Years | Daily Prompt: With or Without You | likereadingontrains
  15. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Sabethville
  16. Get It In Gear | The Shotgun Girls
  17. Where are your gods now (a tale) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  18. On the hook | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  19. Putting it All on the Line Prayers and Promises
  20. 268. Ultimatum | Barely Right of Center
  21. A Day Different | Random Blotches
  22. The 19th of June 1982 – Hometown, Pennsylvania | Forgotten Correspondance
  23. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | theshamelesswanderer
  24. Daily Prompt : With or Without You | Valley Girl Gone Country
  25. Life Is Complex | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Me or him- it’s your choice | Animal Love
  27. Me or him- it’s your choice | A picture is worth 1000 words
  28. DP: Us or Them | Scorched Ice
  29. A picture is worth 1000 words
  30. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: IT DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK OUT THE WAY YOU EXPECT | SERENDIPITY
  31. simple (senryu in three parts) | peacefulblessedstar
  32. Job or It’s The End Of You and Me! | Views Splash!
  33. Ultimatums and Death | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
  34. Ultimatums and Triple Dog Dares! | meanderedwanderings
  35. Too late | Life is great
  36. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  37. Daily Prompt: With or Without You « Mama Bear Musings
  38. The Forever Choice | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  39. i would repeat you | y
  40. My Brother, the Incorrigible Drunk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  41. In Line Of Fire | Flowers and Breezes
  42. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  43. Fighting Ultimatums | Ana Linden
  44. No More Contacts Please ! | My Life and My Career
  45. Nicki Minaj and A Free Fall. | meg lago

My Dad, My Hero

When I was growing up my Dad was my hero.

He was so handsome and spoke so well and when he spoke, he charmed everyone and everyone listened. He had a magnetic personality and spoke his mind with conviction and honesty.

My father had a brilliant career in the army. He was in service during two wars. As a Major in one of the wars he was second in command of the regiment that made inroads into enemy territory. In the other he was selected to spearhead the main counter-offensive by Pakistan with a Brigade under command which included tank regiments. I have never known anyone as brave as him.

He had a brilliant mind. He patented a device to be used by the military that earned him a very prestigious military award and a double promotion. Later when he retired he taught Defense and Strategy in a University and was very popular among the students.

My father inspired me to be the best I could be. He always took a keen interest in my studies and was always very proud of all his children and when we did well he would tell every one of our achievements.

I loved working with him in his study. I learnt to type so I could type the two books he had written. I would help him when he would be working with his electronics circuits and I knew where he kept all his stuff. I was always fascinated by his instruments and gadgets.

I think I chose to study Electronics just to please him. I knew he would be very happy. Luckily after I graduated I got a job more of my liking.

When he became ill it was devastating for me. To see such a tough man crippled by cancer hurt us terribly. It has been 13 years since he left us and I miss him terribly. I wrote a few words for him some time back which I’m reposting here:

Did I tell you how much I loved you too?

And how much it hurts when I miss you,

Your kind smile, the twinkle in your eye,

All your efforts to make us touch the sky,

Your warm hugs and your handsome face,

Your good advice we could never replace.

I wonder if you can see us from up there,

Our spouses, kids and how we did fare.

It was too soon for you to have gone away

At eternal peace you are, I hope and pray.

With my father

With my father

Daily Prompt: Heroic

  1. Morning milk delivery | Vintage Photography
  2. covet | yi-ching lin photography
  3. Where were You – the Power of Forgiving | A Teacher’s Blog
  4. Siegfried Sassoon, Hopelessness and Iraq | As I please
  5. Feeding The Monster | The Jittery Goat
  6. daily prompt: heroic | aimanss…
  7. Daily Prompt: Heroic « cognitive reflection
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Heroic | Sabethville
  9. Daily Prompt: Heroic | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  10. 5 Year Old Hero – The Engine that could. | L5GN
  11. Heroic | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. Daily Prompt: Heroic | Finding Life
  13. The Portal – A Friday Flash Fantasy | My Little Avalon
  14. Heroic Visions | THE OVERCOMING
  15. Tail Business and Heroes! Daily Prompt… | alienorajt
  16. A Little Girl’s Hero « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  17. Daily Prompt: Heroic | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  18. The Dad Who Didn’t Have To Be | theauthorwhoknows
  19. Daily prompt: Heroic | laura-in-china
  20. My Childhood Hero | all my likes
  21. Daily Prompt – Hero. | My Beautiful Messed Up World.
  22. Even Heroes Can Wear Thin « Mon Cache
  23. Are You A Hero in Your Home? | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  24. The Dark Knight | Sébastien Grobelny – Photography
  25. Hanging with the Guys | Nicetomeetyou:I’mCourtney
  26. Daily Prompt: Heroic | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  27. Of becoming your own hero/ heroine. | Concentrate On Yourself
  28. Mr. Rogers Was My Hero
  29. Moon, Moon on the sky…….Watch Me Die | Shadows Of The Divine
  30. Daily Prompt: Heroic | Basically Beyond Basic
  31. My Heroes | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Still my hero | Life is great
  33. Heroic : My 5 Year Old Self. | ♥Barb’s Magical Land Of Oz♥
  34. Who Says Heroes Have to Wear Capes? | meanderedwanderings
  35. The Forgotten Hero | Dance with the Rain
  36. Lawrence of Arabia/Daily Prompt-Hero | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  37. MY HEROES WEAR MASKS – HI YO SILVER! THE LONG RANGER RIDE AGAIN! | SERENDIPITY
  38. babusya | peacefulblessedstar
  39. MY HEROES WEAR MASKS – THE LONG RANGER RIDE AGAIN! | SERENDIPITY
  40. Daddy | The Magic Black Book
  41. Still my hero | From Five to Fifty
  42. My First Post-marital Blog Post | Vagabond
  43. Five’s Hero.. | Relax
  44. A Father’s Enduring Love | Lisa’s Kansa Muse ~ Dreamy abstraction in a 100 year old Four Square Farm House
  45. Heroic | The Story of a Guy
  46. I don’t remember being five | dreaming of melville
  47. Hero | LOQUACITÉ
  48. 9/11 Heroes | Daily Prompt: Heroic | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  49. Brianne Writes

My World

I pushed the wheelchair along as my mother sat enjoying the view of the garden. Every now and then she asked me to stop so I could take a picture of her with the flowers. The bright array of colors made a stark contrast with the dullness of the shawl she wore around her head and shoulders. Her upright stature did not betray her age and she smiled as I clicked the camera. I felt satisfied that this was a good way to spend the morning when my son was at school.

My son was not interested in seeing the garden; his interests were more in tune to the ferry trip we took last week. He sat watching the sights for an hour and that in itself was a great achievement. My camera was constantly clicking sometimes at the majestic buildings and their reflections glimmering in the water and sometimes at my son when he would turn around to smile at me. “Thank you Mama, for bringing me on the boat” he would say to me and each time my heart would melt. It really was worth the trouble bringing him without my husband being there.

My husband returned tonight just in time for dinner and after a week we ate together. He listened to me intently as I recounted the week’s happenings and my plans for the week ahead. He’s been having a tough time at work and the stress shows in the way his shoulders droop. I could tell that he was still thinking about work even when he was back home. He ate fast and with few words. His phone rang and it was from the office. He grimaced and got up to answer the phone leaving his food unfinished and me with my thoughts. “Well at least he’s back” I thought to myself, excited about the week of holidays ahead.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | circles under streetlights
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | Rooktopia
  3. One Hundred Miles: Collecting Detail | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Book Spines Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  5. Sipping coffee | Master Of Disaster
  6. A Simple Matter Of Buying Stamps | Fish Of Gold
  7. Those little details I’d Otherwise miss | ART BLOG
  8. The life of one woman…
  9. I only cried in public once, today. | Climb Every Molehill
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. Witty or Not, Here I Come
  12. A House Full of Doors | Breathing Space
  13. Prompt: Collecting Detail | Untitled Entity
  14. The Boy with Broken Wings | Gilded Warrior
  15. The first time | anonim0us
  16. Collecting Details | thisblogisepic
  17. feeling under the weather | Musings of a Random Mind
  18. Snow Day | Mary J Melange
  19. The Room Where I Write – Smart Stunning Searching
  20. A Night at The Hairdressers | My Play Nook
  21. The Door Opens | polymathically
  22. Culture Shock at Macy’s | kaffechai
  23. DETAILS? WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH | SERENDIPITY
  24. A Glimmer Of . . . | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge : Violet Moon Rising | ginghamchick
  27. Break from the norm: collecting details | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  28. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | littlegirlstory
  29. The screwiness of me | Hope* the happy hugger
  30. Will Surviving a Freak Accident be Better? Or Worse? | The Thoughts’ Outlet
  31. details | yi-ching lin photography
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  33. Collecting Detail: Winter’s Beauty | emilykarn
  34. A Broken Moment… Weekly Writing Challenge | standinginthestorm
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  37. Weekly writing challenge: collecting detail « MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  38. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Details – Long walks and dark chocolate
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  40. A Snow Globe Life | Wiley’s Wisdom
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  42. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | Shawn’s Ramblings
  43. Collecting Detail | My random musings
  44. Glimmers of Christmas | So Here’s Us…
  45. The Butterflies 🙂 | Blue Loft
  46. Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail | jessy’s journeys
  47. Collecting Glimmers on a Grey Day | The Silver Leaf Journal
  48. DP Challenge: Collecting Detail | My Literary Quest
  49. Claude and Fraud Do Something 1O | Keigh Ahr

A Father’s Legacy

“O dweller of the graves, peace be upon you. May Allah forgive us and you. You reached before us and we will follow behind you.”

This is what the young man prayed as he entered the graveyard. He reached the end of the rows of the graves and came to one simply marked with his father’s name and year of birth and death. He remembered that day 5 years ago as if it was yesterday.

He had finished his O’Level exams and felt a sense of relief. He had done quite well he thought. He was sure he would make his father proud. Maybe he would finally convince him to let him join the army. He never understood why being a Colonel in the Armored Corps himself, he was against his son following in his footsteps.

That afternoon instead of his father’s staff car bringing him home, an army jeep came to their house. A senior officer came to talk to his mother who soon broke down when she heard the news.

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle had collided with his father’s car killing both him and his driver on the spot.

It was then that he understood why his father hadn’t wanted him to join the army. He was trying to protect his only son.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces

  1. Archive of Comments | Arlen Shahverdyan. Author’s Blog
  2. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: FADING TRACES AND OLD MEMORIES | SERENDIPITY
  3. Traces | Kansa Muse
  4. Breadcrumbs | Master Of Disaster
  5. The Art of War | K beezy is viral
  6. Wet cement | Margaret Rose Stringer
  7. She was a memory | thinkerscap
  8. Traces: DP Challenge | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  9. Arrogance Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  10. The Lavender Flowers | Stories From My Mind
  11. Trace | MindMeld
  12. Lavender and Rain | So This Is Writing?
  13. Like Flowers on a Grave | loveletterstoaghost
  14. Day Twenty-Four: Veteran At Death | Clearing My Voice
  15. it’s veterans day | Musings of a Random Mind
  16. Traces of You | UP! With Jesus
  17. Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces [Week 1] | Goss Family Blog
  18. DP Weekly Challenge/Traces: The Things He Left Behind | Between Madness & Euphoria
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge; Traces | terry1954
  20. Remembering You | Lucky Number Devin
  21. Lilac | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  22. My Life in Stuffing, Words, and Paint: Searching for an Identity | The Positivity Project
  23. 12/11 Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces | imaginations
  25. Traces of my soul | મન ની વાત
  26. Gone fishin’ | Thin spiral notebook
  27. in the middle of | y
  28. Ode To Something Great | The Dread Pirate Buttercup

Branches of a tree

My mentor is my older sister. She is a doctor and has seen life and death from up close. I know I can trust her to always give me an honest opinion and good advice.

When I wrote my first (and only) children’s book I first sent it to her to read. I couldn’t send it out for publishing until it had her approval. She thought it was good and really liked the illustrations. It was only after this that I went ahead with the process of publishing. She is a good writer herself and writes from the heart. Most of her writing is motivated by her experiences as a doctor and several of her stories have been published in newspapers.

When I was choosing my subjects for college she advised me not to take Pre-Medical as would have been the temptation considering that both my older siblings were in that field. I think she saw very wisely that I did not have the aptitude for it. And so I took Maths instead and went on to do my Masters in Electronics and work in a telecom multinational for 10 years. I really owe it to my sister for giving me correct advice at the right time.

My sister has two healthy intelligent and thoughtful boys and she is doing a wonderful job at raising them. So it’s no wonder that I often ask her for her opinion when I am facing a problem with my son. I am usually very worried because of him being such a picky eater but my sister keeps telling me not to worry too much as it’s usually just a phase with children.

I’m really blessed that when I moved to Dubai my sister moved here as well with her family. Now we live less than 15 minutes away and I get to talk to her and see her frequently. Life would have been difficult without her.

“Like branches on a tree we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other.” (Author Unknown)
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  2. Magic Carpet | Nature Activities
  3. Support | The Magic Black Book
  4. The Bed | Rural Tourism in Russia
  5. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. A fisherman’s son | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  7. Living Without the Crack | JC Bride ~
  8. Support | Kate Murray
  9. sayanything
  10. cheering section | yi-ching lin photography
  11. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section | Awl and Scribe
  12. our mother stored | y
  13. True the grit | Beth Byrnes
  14. The Road to Regionals | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  15. NaNoWriMo! | Haiku By Ku
  16. My Cheerleader is a Basket Case | mostlytrueramblings
  17. 213. The Mentor | Barely Right of Center
  18. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Cheering Section – Vinay Sir
  19. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section ~ NaBloPoMo ~ #6 « Mama Bear Musings
  20. THREE SOLUTIONS | crookedeyebrows
  21. It’s Never too Late for a Cheering Section … | Eyes to Heart
  22. André from Holland | Talking with Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt and Jesus Christ
  23. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  24. Let me tell you about Kate | The River Mom
  25. Battered and Down With Life as a Youth | Kansa Muse
  26. Mentors? | Fruit Salad
  27. I miss him | Life is great
  28. GREAT ARTIST = BAD MENTOR? | Standing Ovation, Seated
  29. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section | Basically Beyond Basic
  30. Cheering Section | The Nameless One
  31. This Way | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  32. Daily Prompt: Cheering Section | lifebeinggirly
  33. Pursuing My Dreams | amanda hardt
  34. That Time I Met That Chef | Running Into 30Running Into 30