Sleep Games

Yesterday I had a hard time putting my little one to sleep. We went through the usual routine of a bath, 2 stories read out, 1 story made up, a cuddle and a hug, but the little guy had no intentions of sleeping. I pleaded, threatened and begged, but to no avail. We had a flight the next morning and I had to get a lot done in preparation. If I tried to leave him, he would just start crying. Finally he fell asleep at 11pm. So did I.sleeping

A Story About Flip-Flops

Time for another Odd Trio prompt: write a post about any topic you want, in whatever form or genre, but make sure it features a slice of cake, a pair of flip-flops, and someone old and wise.

flip flopsNatasha’s favorite place was the beach. She loved walking barefoot on the wet sand and feeling the wind in her hair. Most of all, she loved watching the sunset. When she got married, she and her husband bought a house on the beach and Natasha’s ultimate dream was realized.

Some years passed and Natasha had two beautiful daughters, Maryam and Sara just 2 years apart. When Maryam was turning 5, Natasha had a party and called all her family and close friends. Her mother-in-law flew in from Pakistan for the party. Natasha baked a beautiful Disney Princess birthday cake. When it was time to cut the cake, everyone gathered around. The candles were blown and the party sung Happy Birthday. Natasha was just cutting the first slice of cake when her younger daughter, Sara who didn’t like it when she was not the center of attention, decided to do something about it. She took off her flip flops and flung them in the air towards the table.

They landed in the cake. There was a stunned silence and everyone stared at the pair of flip flops sticking out of the cake.

Natasha’s mother-in-law was the first to break the silence.

“Oh-ho Natasha, your cake is a big flop!”

What’s Going On?

What on earth is going on?

My lounge sofa has been converted into a “house” which looks more like a pile of cushions with another pile of soft toys inside the “house”. In the little space left, sits a 4 year old smiling gleefully. He enters and exits his house by jumping over the arm of the sofa. God knows how long the sofa will survive. The rest of the lounge doesn’t look any better. It has systematically been taken over by him and his army of toys. His train set and robot peek out from under the centre table and his story books are amassed over the side table.

What on earth is going on?

I leave my son with his father for half an hour and when I return they’re both playing football in my sitting room. This sitting room is very sacred for me since it’s the only place which has not been taken over by my son. At least not yet. The two of them are skilfully dodging my decoration pieces lying vulnerably atop glass tables. I thank my husband for avoiding any disasters while I was away and coax my son into sitting down and drawing instead.

What on earth is going on?

It’s time to sleep and my son is jumping up and down on his bed without showing the slightest signs of being tired. I, on the other hand am on the verge of falling asleep. I would too, if my son would just stop singing so loudly. Where does he get his energy? He doesn’t eat much but he seems to have a non-stop engine. Finally after a few threats to not read his story books to him, he settles down.

What on earth is going on? I can’t get to sleep. Why is the house so quiet?


Friday Fictioneers: Extra Flavor

claire-fuller-3Jamal was the only brother of 5 sisters and when he came home on the weekend from his hostel, his mother would serve him a meal fit for a king.

Sara, the youngest of the 5 sisters would help her mother prepare the meat curries, even though she knew she would only get to eat the vegetables (which her brother didn’t like) with bread. One day she had had enough. She mixed two heaped spoons of her mother’s laxative in the curry.

Since then, nobody could understand why Jamal had a stomach upset every time he came home for the weekend.

Once a coffee morning…

“Hello my darlings, how have you been?” Mrs Ahmed sailed into the room in her voluminous kurta and black tights. After the usual greetings (two kisses on both sides) she settled down on the leather sofa with Mrs Amir and Mrs Haris.

“The holidays have been so tiring with so many weddings to attend in Karachi” Mrs Amir said as she adjusted her blow dried hair with a plump hand adorned with diamond rings.

“Yes you’re right. It was the same for me. And now that I’m back every other day there’s a birthday party that Sara gets invited to. So tiresome!” replied Mrs Haris as she fidgeted with her Gucci bag on the sofa.

“Yes, yes but darlings do tell me about this new addition to our group on WhatsApp? What’s her name…” said Mrs Ahmed a little breathlessly as she played with the gigantic diamond stud in her ear.

“Oh, yes her name is Mrs Waqas and she’s come from Islamabad” offered Mrs Amir, “I met her the other day when I was grocery shopping.”

“What’s she like?”

“She was dressed in the most ordinary shalwar kameez and had her two children with her who only spoke in Urdu. And I saw her loading her groceries in a taxi. Apparently she has no driver and no nanny.”

“Oh dear but why did you add her to OUR group?” said Mrs Ahmed wrinkling up her face.

“She lives in my neighborhood and I felt sorry for her. Maybe she can learn something from us” said Mrs Amir hopefully.

Just then the door bell rang. “That must be her!” Mrs Amir got up to see the door.

“She was invited?” whispered Mrs Ahmed to Mrs Haris.

In walked a beautiful young woman dressed in simple traditional clothes that made her look even slimmer than she was. She had little make-up on but she still glowed.

“Hi I’m Maria” she introduced herself.

After the introductions and a few questions and answers were tossed around Mrs Ahmed asked,

“So what does your husband do?”

“He works in Dubai International Bank.”

“Oh really, but my husband works there too. I wonder if my husband knows him.”

“I’m sure he does, he’s the new country manager.”

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Daily Prompt: Groupthink

  1. Snowy Owls on Ocracoke | Exploratorius
  2. The last stance | MC’s Whispers
  3. A Nice Environment (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  4. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | This Poet has Something to Sell
  5. some motions are | y
  6. The Secret Food Blog | Daily Prompt: Groupthink | likereadingontrains
  7. Mighty AD vs Amazing Big Red. AD 1 Big Red 0 | thoughtsofrkh
  8. we inch our | y
  9. Confessions of an Inveterate Eavesdropper | Be Less Amazing
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Groupthink | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt: Group Think | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  12. Paradox | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  13. Daily Prompt: Group | That Montreal Girl
  14. Daily Prompt: Groupthink | Of Glass & Paper
  15. My Men Are Brave | Flowers and Breezes
  16. Who Am I? | My Floating Musings
  17. 260. Choices | Barely Right of Center
  18. Bate-bola | madeira de deriva.
  19. “Groupthink” | Relax
  20. New Name I Pray: The Rescue Bowl | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  21. Daily Prompt: Groupthink | Basically Beyond Basic
  22. Why? | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Meeting New Friends | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  24. DP: Group – Cumbayah | As I See It
  25. A moon’s memory | shame
  26. Daily Prompt: Groupthink | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  27. The Group Outing | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  28. Groupthink/daily prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  29. GROUP: No Super Bowl for Me | The Christian Gazette
  30. LET MUSIC FILL THE AIR! | Serendipity
  31. Groupthink – Snippet from ‘Bed of Roses’ | jigokucho
  32. Women are funny | Vampire Maman
  33. White Picket Fence | asweetbrightthing
  34. “we all shine on” | peacefulblessedstar
  35. Take Back Home (Book Excerpt) – Daily Prompt: Groupthink | Deviated Perception
  36. Anguish! | Simply Miko
  38. United | Active Army Wife
  39. Conversation On A Bus | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  40. What Would the Hackers Say?? | Once Upon Your Prime. . .
  41. Daily Prompt – Conversations « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  42. Role of groups in our life and society | Processing the life
  43. Carve It Out | Poetry From The Papers
  44. Taking breaks | Wanderlein
  45. Deciphering Word Mosaics | Charron’s Chatter
  46. Daily Prompt: Wake | Morrighan’s Muse

There’s a space-ship in my neighbor’s garage

This is the winning post for the Jan 2014 What if challenge (link given below).

What if you discovered a space-ship in your neighbor’s garage?

I was coming home from my afternoon walk when suddenly I stopped dead in my tracks. There in broad daylight was a shiny white space-ship parked in my neighbor’s garage.

“I knew it” I thought to myself, “I just knew it”. I always knew there was something strange about the neighbors. They had never returned my calls or thanked me for the cookies I sent them nor the chocolates on New Year. And then their two boys were so odd because they never made any noise. I mean how strange is that? I never saw them playing in the garden or heard them shouting or laughing.

I giggled to myself. So my neighbors were aliens. I wondered what they actually looked like. Did they have green skin and one eye in the middle of the forehead? Mrs. Jones always looked so prim and proper with not a hair out of place. But I must say they were being very daring, not even bothering to hide the fact that a space-ship was parked in their garage.

I was just opening my front door when I heard a voice behind me.

“Hello there!” It was Mrs. Jones standing in my driveway in a neat little blue dress.

“Xertang from Mercury is here to see you. They landed in the wrong house and asked if they could keep their space-ship in my garage. I told them of course, what are neighbors for?”

I swore. My secret was out.

  1. Lonely Park | muffinscout
  2. Axe-wielding landlady: a true story! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  3. JFK Ultra Walk | Exploratorius
  4. Mr Fall | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Paradox | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  6. A bird and the boat | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  8. Neighbours | Sue’s Trifles
  9. Yeah, I’m in the habit of phoning weirdo’s and hanging out. | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Next Door | Melibelle in Tokyo
  11. Revenge of the Duck | The Jittery Goat
  12. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening | Ps and Qs: Photography, Poetry and Quiet
  13. Unseen and Unknown | Finale to an Entrance
  14. adversity | yi-ching lin photography
  15. DP Daily Prompt: Good fences? | Sabethville
  16. Two Hours | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  17. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? « Mama Bear Musings
  18. Fences, Boundaries, and Relationships Prayers and Promises
  19. Mal Vecino! | growinolder
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie & Neighbors | LenzExperiments
  21. Neighbourhood. | The Word Trance
  22. Good Neighbors, Bad Neighbors « One Crazy Mom
  23. second home first | peacefulblessedstar
  24. Neighbors in a bus! | Notes to self…
  25. [M.M.X.I.V. 39] Mighty Murf | Never A Worry
  26. Who is Truly My Neighbor? | meanderedwanderings
  27. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Beats of Pieces
  28. Lasers, Conspiracies, and Aluminum Hats | Under the Monkey Tree
  29. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | imagination
  30. The Good Doctor | My Author-itis
  31. Evening Jam Session | My Little Avalon
  32. Who is my neighbor? | humblegenealogy
  33. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  34. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  35. Friendly | Active Army Wife
  36. Oh My Neighbor | Flowers and Breezes
  37. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Occasional Stuff
  38. Daily Prompt: Next Door | A Taste of Morning
  39. Living in a New York “Oz” Neighborhood: The Racer, The Smoker, The Harangued Mommy, and The Pet-Friendly Curmudgeon « psychologistmimi
  40. Two different stories | Life is great
  41. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  42. Neighbours | VirtuallyAllSorts
  43. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Basically Beyond Basic
  44. Best NEIGHbors in the World / Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. From a Dog’s Eye-view…wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  47. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbours – Eventually | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  48. Childhood neighbors | My Weigh To Lose
  49. Is it really greener on the other side? | MC’s Whispers
  50. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | The Wandering Poet
  51. The Strangest of Places | martha0stout
  52. the blackberry is a gooseberry | litadoolan
  53. Accidentally Aging | Kosher Adobo
  54. DP: Next door | As I See It
  55. Like a good neighbor, stay over there | Willow’s Corner
  56. Daily Prompt: Good Fences | Finding Life
  57. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  58. Daily Prompt: Fences couldn’t keep me in … | Nicola Kirk
  59. Daily Prompt: Next Door | Occasional Stuff
  60. Yellow In My Neighborhood | Light Words
  61. On the Other Side of the Fence | by LRose
  62. Rats with Wings | field of thorns
  63. lordmikle
  64. Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours… | Steve Says….
  65. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  66. Good fences | An Italophile
  67. No One is Home | The Land Slide Photography
  68. Of Love (John Keats’ Next Door Neighbour) | Angela Hickman ~ Poetry
  69. Not yet love | vic briggs
  70. Next door | Dhikrcave
  71. Daily Prompt: Fences (For S) | Finicky Philly
  72. Neighbors: Daily Post | Destino
  73. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | 2l2phant
  74. Good Fences | the word weaver
  75. Hello, Neighbor! | The Teen Theme
  76. Love Thy Neighbor | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  77. Next Door | Travel with Intent
  78. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  80. Old Jimmy | Overcoming Bloglessness
  81. The Apartment of Sin | Writings of The Midnight Thief
  82. Good Fences? | Wandering Gypsy Spirit
  83. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. NED, THE BIKER WHO PLUMBED | Feature Magazine

Lucky Number

“What’s your lucky number going to be?” asked me the girl sitting next to me at the licensing office.

“What do you mean?” I had completed my driving classes and was waiting for my turn to appear in the test.

“I mean how many attempts will it take you to pass?” she answered, “I heard of a man who passed on the 26th attempt.”

“26th??? Is that even possible?” Every time you fail you have to do more driving classes and then reappear in the test. I was sure she was making this up just to rattle me.

Fresh with this bit of information I went in to appear in the test.

The first time I made a mistake backing out the car.

The second time I made a mistake turning left.

The third time I messed up on the roundabout.

The fourth time I bungled up the U turn.

The fifth time I didn’t make any mistake and I passed. I guess my lucky number was 5.

I think it’s quite likely that someone made 26 attempts. I admire his resilience and determination but I hope I never meet him on the road. 🙂

Daily Prompt: Your Day are Numbered

  1. 26 | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  2. Ah, The Lonely People | The Jittery Goat
  3. Stop that Wrecking Train | THE OVERCOMING
  4. DP Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | Sabethville
  5. 26 | Life Love Lily
  6. Twenty six | Sue’s Trifles
  7. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | niennie
  8. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Rusted Steel and Jagged Fang
  9. Turning into it | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  10. 26 Things at 26 | 52 Miles per Month
  11. Giving my 26 weary bones a time-out in a New York minute « psychologistmimi
  12. Check Yourself | The Photo Faith Challenge
  13. The Things | Muhammad Saif Ali
  14. Why a Boat? | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  15. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  16. Strength in Numbers | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  17. Daily Prompt: Your Days Are Numbered | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  18. The 26th Day Of The Year | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  19. That’s All Folks | Charron’s Chatter
  20. Irony, Humility and the Workings of God | meanderedwanderings
  21. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | Basically Beyond Basic
  22. January 26: My Days are Numbered | theempathyqueen
  23. January 26: My Days as a Mom are Numbered | theempathyqueen
  24. The Numbers Game | LenzExperiments
  25. January 26, 08:26am | The Playground
  26. Too young to be a Parent- Daily Prompt | The River Mom
  27. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered [Going to Work] | sixty, single and surviving
  28. 26 | lulubellaloveslife
  29. Your Days are Numbered: The sacred & unutterable name of God | Khana’s Web
  30. What I Hoped For | Flowers and Breezes
  31. What’s with Math? | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
  32. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered (26) | My Outlook on the World
  33. The Mechanics of Math | Green Embers
  34. Busy at 26 | fingerprintwriting
  35. 26 | My Little Avalon
  36. The Flu Gremlins | Fictionalism