DP Daily Prompts: Free Association

pad2015-s1.png (308×60)

Write down the first words that comes  to mind

when we say…

home— abandoned

soil— rocky

rain… damaged

Abandoned home, rocky soil,rain damaged

Raymond saw an ad in the newspaper of a home on sale, the government took over the property as the owners never came forward to claim it.

He called the office of the real estate, the price they quoted was too attractive for him to ignore it. He made an appointment to have a look, he went alone to see it, what he saw did not please him. He sat on the grounds wondering how he could improve the look of this house, he agreed there was a lot he’d have to do to make it fit for his family.

He discussed with his wife about buying the property when he described the house, Melinda was against buying it. Raymond felt he wanted to buy the property because of the land. He could not imagine buying a piece of land so cheap anywhere in the city.

The words abandoned home,rocky soil, rain damaged made Melinda furious, she could not understand why her husband wanted to buy a piece of property which had nothing positive about it.

Raymond made up his mind to buy the property with or without his wife’s consent. He saved enough money to enable him to make this purchase. He consulted his lawyer and the two got in touch with  the company.

Within a week Raymond became the owner of this home. None of his friends liked it, they called it ‘a piece of junk’ Raymond did not care, he hired an architect to design a house on the property, soon contractors were employed to demolish the present house and build a new one.

Work was going on full swing, Melinda knew nothing about it, one day she asked, “Raymond is that property sold?”

“Oh yes he said I bought it.”

This announcement caused a lot of tension in the house, Melinda was so upset she went to her parents house for a few days with their two kids, Jeremy and Janice, they were only five and had no idea why they were going to their grandparents without Dad.Melinda made an excuse, that Dad could not come because he had too much work to do.

Months passed Melinda made no attempt to go back home. Meanwhile the kids were missing their toys, books and their favorite bedroom.

While Jeremy stayed quiet Janice thought she should ask mom, when will they go home. What mom told her terrified her.

This news affected the little girl so much she became ill, she stopped eating and lay in bed crying day after day. She was losing weight and soon she was too weak to get out of bed. Her grandparents were concerned they called their family physician to check their grand daughter. When this was happening, Raymond’s home was ready for occupancy.

The physician’s diagnosis scared Melinda, she sat by her daughter and promised she’d take them home soon. Surprisingly the word home completely changed Janice’s complexion, she looked radiant, happy and started talking to everyone in the house, she ate more than she ever did. The change in her daughter made Melinda realize she was wrong to separate the children from their father.

Within a week Janice was well enough to travel, Melinda packed up her things and went home with her two children.

Raymond was so busy with his work he couldn’t even tell how long he had not seen his family. When he saw them coming up the steps he ran to greet them, Janice ran over and said, “Dad I missed you.”

Melinda apologized for her behavior and asked “what happened to that property you bought?”

“Well he said it’s a surprise, let’s go and see that Abandoned home, with rocky soil around it and the rain damaged property.”

Raymond took them to their new house, it looked so beautiful “Wow they all said in unison, this is a gorgeous place!”




When work is a pleasure life is a joyby Maxim Gorky,posted by Ranu

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy,

when work is duty, life is slavery Maxim Gorky

Wise men and women have left their words of wisdom for us to learn from it. I thought about the first line,”when work is a pleasure, life is a joy.”

I found my work of teaching the kids a pleasure, and I felt life is a joy, those innocent kids gave me so much pleasure by their thoughtfulness, they were aware I was scared of walking on the ice, they’d come forward to help me walk on our parking lot which was always a sheet of ice in the winter.

We have long winters here where I live, I learned to depend on the kids to help me whenever our school parking lot was icy, life was a joy watching the kids extend their hands to me to safely reach the building, where can anyone find this act of kindness.

The second line made me chuckle,”when work is duty,life is slavery.”

I recall the time when my husband’s brother visited us with his family. He’d want me to make special breakfast for him and his family, he wanted me to prepare special lunch and dinner too. One day I came for lunch from school, instead of eating lunch and go back to work, I had to cook special lunch for the five of them, I didn’t have time to do the dishes because I had to go back to work. My sister-in-law said,”It’s okay Bhabi(sister-in-law) I’ll take care of the dishes.”

When I came back from work at 4 pm the dishes were left in the sink, the in-laws  didn’t bother to help me wash the dishes,instead they said, “We were waiting to have a cup of tea.”

“When work is duty,life is slavery”, I completely agree. It’s my fault too, I should have made sure to let them know that they should do the dishes, I didn’t and they took advantage of me.