Writing 101, Day Sixteen: Third Time’s the charm

IMG_0845Today’s Prompt: Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell about something you find in a pile.

Today’s Twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of lost and found more generally in this post.

In your “lost and found” tale, tell us something larger– a life lesson, perhaps—about finding and losing something.

Third Time’s the charm: This is a story about our pet felines, We had three rescued by my daughter in her first year university. We could not warm up to the idea as there would be a lot of changes we’d have to undergo.

Where to place the litter box was one problem,what to feed them and their yearly check up at the vet. Our daughter would not give up so we had to give in and adjust.

Every year we discovered we loved something about these felines and finally agreed we made the right choice.Then the worst happened the first one we lost to cancer, second one to diabetes and the third one also to diabetes. It was an emotional experience to watch them go.

I made up my mind I wasn’t going to have any more pets, to me the loss was tragic. I was able to stick to my decision for a while.

My daughter’s friend complained of mice, he was advised  to  adopt a feline. He got one, a Siamese, but his frequent travel outside the city was an ongoing  problem, he had to ask my daughter to take care of it while he was away.

While my daughter did not mind  taking care of the felines occasionally, she  developed a fondness  for the kittens and wanted to have her own.

We tracked down a woman breeder, who had five kittens she wanted to sell. We got one who we named  Gabriel, a week later we noticed Gabriel was terribly insecure, we felt sorry for the little one and bought his brother, we named him Raphael.

Gabriel and Raphael are two very naughty felines, when I get too frustrated with their antics I use the water bottle to spray them.

Losing the three female felines was heart breaking for us but finding Gabriel and Raphael filled the void, now we are happy we decided to have these two rambunctious felines who keep us busy.

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Daily Prompt: Barter system

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If the world worked on a barter system,how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful,or would you struggle?

If the world worked on a barter system, I think I’d do all right. I am a teacher, it will come in handy, I’d be able to barter my services for buying different things I need.

I believe teachers will do well, people need to be able to read and write and to speak correctly to be able to carry on their day to day living.

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365 days Writing Prompts: Clone Wars

If you could clone yourself , how would you split responsibilities?

It’s certainly a great idea to clone myself and split responsibilities . I know doing everything day in day out, is difficult.

From my point of view a mother a housewife and a professional requires a lot of time effort and planning. For one person to do  all of these is not easy. It’s never perfect, it to me felt like a massive undertaking.

The emotional trauma that I suffered leaving my babies with a completely unknown person was huge. I tried to be a good mother, I got them and their food ready everyday, praying to God they’d be all right, but one can never feel secure. This was one of my heartache, I remember I left them quietly because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it, if I said goodbye, their cries would be devastating for me.

Doing the work around the house wasn’t too difficult, but there was the issue of exhaustion, to be able to do a good job as a professional, as a housewife and a mother is never an easy task.

This is the reason I like the idea of cloning and splitting the daily work between two is easier than one person carrying all that burden.

My idea would be to split the duties into two , one will do all of the outside duties and the other one everything around the house.This would give a chance to relax for both.

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Daily Prompt: I am a Rock

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Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely on yourself? Why?

I prefer to do it myself. If the task is something I cannot handle, it is easy for me to ask for help.

Once I was backing out of the driveway, my car got stuck in the  pile of snow, my husband’s idiotic nephew, stayed inside  and looked out the window.

Three sons of my neighbor were going to school, I stopped them and asked  for help. The boys were very accommodating, they  came and pushed the car.

When I need help I ask the people I know.

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Writing 101,Day Fifteen : Your Voice Will Find You

Today’ Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown annual fair.That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your world view. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force . How does that make you feel?

Today’s twist: While writing this post, focus again on your voice. Pay attention to your word choice, tone, and rhythm.Read each sentence aloud multiple times , making edits as you read through. Before you hit “Publish”, read your entire piece out loud to ensure that it sounds like you.

During the summer every year our city uses an empty building to have the “The Farmer’s Market.”

The local housewives cook food and bring it to sell in the market. Some farmers also bring fruits and vegetables to sell. It’s a very popular event for the citizens.

The land around the building was expensive but the building itself was very cheap, it needed a lot of renovation, the owner could not afford it, he put the building and land up for sale.

A man was interested to buy it he saw it as a potential to make money. Soon after he bought it, he announced he would not let it be used as  a temporary,”Farmer’s Market.”

I always loved to go during the summer to buy baked goods and other cooked food.

The citizens were protesting the move and were parading in front of the building  going with  signs  which said,  “WE Want The Farmer’s Market.”

The owner paid no heed, some of my friends insisted I should take a stand. I had no experience in this type of demonstration. I told them to excuse me for my voice is not loud enough.

The women would not give up, they  pointed out the fact, it was a place where friends gathered, sold their food, children looked forward to visiting the market.

Suddenly I was energized, I thought Mr. Richard should listen to our demands.

I wrote Mr. Richard you are a  wealthy man, money is not a problem for you. Why are you depriving us from the fun, we and our children have, buying and selling foods and Arts and Crafts ,during these two months. We will not leave the premises until you agree to let us use your building for our temporary Farmers Market.

Mr. Richard did not expect to see such determined people, he quietly said,’Okay I give up you can use my building as your temporary market.”

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Daily Prompt:Ring of Fire

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Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring?

As a young child I loved hot and spicy foods. I’d eat it for a week or two then I’d get a vicious tummy ache and had to go to the physician. My mom always said Ranu, “do not eat so many green chillies with your food, you’d be sick.”

I never listened to her, but took a break when I had a stomach pain, I’d suffer for two to three days. At that time I promised not to eat hot foods, when I’d get better I’d forget my promise.

One day my friend and I were angry with the Principal so we planned to call in sick. At about 8 am I started having a pain in my stomach, it started to get worse, I had vomiting and upset stomach.

My friend did not know anything, early afternoon she came to celebrate, I was almost dying from pain, she got very scared and advised  to take me to  the physician,  the physician, gave me an injection and a few pills to take at intervals.

It’s an ongoing problem I eat hot chillies get sick stop for a While then eat it again ! 🙂

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DP Daily Prompt: First Sight

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Whether a person,a pet, an object or a place , write about something or someone you connected with from the very first second.

About a year ago, my daughter and I decided to adopt a kitten. It is a beautiful Siamese and Himalayan breed .When we got the feline ,he was only six weeks old.

I remember it was a Sunday,my daughter brought him home. He was a very scared feline,next day my daughter went to work, I was curious, I went to check how he was coping.I was concerned when I didn’t find him in the room.I knew he was too scared and little to move.

I picked the covers, there he was with his paws folded trying to make himself smaller. I picked him up and brought him down to my room.

I had some emails to reply to , I laid him on my bed he was insecure he meowed quietly. I felt guilty picked him up and wrote my email with him on my lap.

We named him Gabriel, even after a week he didn’t settle in, we then made up our mind to get his brother who was the  same age as him. His personality changed dramatically , his brother was feeling insecure, he licked his brother, showed his brother the stairs, but the brother was afraid to climb up.

Gabriel led him towards the stairs and went couple of stairs to show him how to go up, it took them both only a few days to adjust. We named the second one Raphael.

They are very happy, they turned a year old on February 25th. For me and my daughter it was ” Love At First Sight!”IMG_0857

365 days Writing Prompts: Earworm

What song is stuck in your head( or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days?Why does it speak to you?

When I read and hear about the turmoil in the world, I listen to John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” It gives me hope that everything that disturbs peace,and harmony in this world will come to an end  some day ,and we will live with each other in peace.

Here is the song:

Writing 101 Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern

Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29.What’s the word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration.

Today’s twist: Write the post in the form of a letter.

Dear Mother,

It has been a while since I saw you and talked to you. I hope you are well, I wanted you to visit me to see where I live.The winters here are very cold, it’s the month of April, I still have to turn up the heat in the house.

Today the skies are overcast with prediction of rain in the forecast. It’s not the kind of rain we had back in Comilla.

You prayed for rain so we could cool off and sing Tagore’s song : Rain is falling drip drop, the road is overflowing. Here rain means cold, we cannot go out, there is a chance it may be slippery.

You cannot imagine what rain here is like esp. freezing rain, the branches of trees are covered with ice, if it continues too long, there is fear that we may lose power(electricity) and it will be dark all over.

We will have to wait for the power to come back ,to be able to warm up or cook food.

With the loss of power, we lose heat and the house is cold.

Here we do not pray for rain esp. freezing rain, we pray for it to stop.

I think I’ve painted a very dark image of rain, but we have learned to be patient.

I’d like to go and see you, there is one problem, it’s too far away. I get tired of sitting on the uncomfortable seats in the plane. They have increased the number of seats we are unable to stretch our legs. There is no room to walk on the aisles, they are too narrow.

Please give my love to everyone, and my special love is for you. All your life you worked so hard for us and now we can’t even come to see you and personally thank you for all the days you’ve spent taking care of us.

Love you Mom.

Your daughter,

Ranu