Daily Post : Underground

In response to daily post’s prompt : Underground

I live in a small city where there are limited transportation, we have cabs, metro bus, private cars, and if none of these are suitable, we can travel on foot, that is if we are strong enough to walk a few miles. I like the metro bus, it’s a very convenient way of traveling around in the city and the fare is  good.

I’ve been to a few larger cities I like their means of transportation. My favorite is the subway trains, they are fast and inexpensive. I was fortunate to travel by underground trains in London, England. It’s much better compared to traveling by bus. The tube trains there are much faster than the bus.

This is about the underground transportation.

Underground business of course is not so pleasant. The name they give is black market, here one can buy various things at a relatively lower price, sometimes the items sold are not safe to buy, one might buy something because its cheap and come home and find what they bought is useless, you cannot return them because the ones who sell disappear and move somewhere else.

The definition of ,’Black Market,’ it is conducted outside the law, and are conducted out of the sight of law. It is illegal business.

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Daily Post : Waiting

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt :Waiting

Waiting is a fact of life, it teaches us patience. After all we cannot move endlessly. It’s always a good idea to stop. When we get impatient if there is a delay for anything, for e.g  delay in eating because your mom took a break, so the cooking started later than usual. Instead of gobbling up a whole bunch of junk food, one can drink water, read a book, watch a program on TV. It’s one way of calming ones hunger pains.

Most of us  travel to distant places, perhaps by train,bus or private cars and the plane. We cannot be sure at all times we’ll reach our destination on time.

The train may arrive late, the tire of the bus may be punctured, our private car may have engine trouble and a plane goes through all kinds of problems, fog, hurricane, blizzard, these are major weather problems. It’s always a good idea to wait.

I think waiting needs a lot of patience. Once I was waiting for my husband to pick me up, I don’t know how long it was I went inside the school building to call a cab, the cab came instantly, as soon as I sat inside. The cab driver said, ‘O look your husband is here to pick you up.’

I looked at him and said, ‘Do you mind?’

We lived in a small town, the cab driver knew us, he said, ‘No I don’t mind, you can go.’

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Daily Post : Urgent

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Urgent

Last week, I received an invitation to a wedding, it’s on November 5th. The cards were sent out on the 20th September. It was urgent to send replies by 24th September. Unfortunately my card came twelve days later. I could not meet the deadline. We were required to post our intention online. I simply checked ‘not attending.’

I could not explain why I was not attending. To be courteous I called the mother and explained why I won’t be attending. I know internet is a quick way of letting ones intention known, I thought checking attending and not, is rather a cold way of letting the inviter know my reply.

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Daily Post : Trust

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Trust

This morning when I read daily post’s prompt, ‘TRUST,’ I instantly thought of the four lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Psalm Of Life.

These are the four lines :

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,_ act in the living present!

Heart within, and God O’erhead!

I’m guilty of that myself, I recall the past every chance I get. I haven’t yet buried it. According to the poet present should be more important than past and future.

I feel when the past was our present we failed to acknowledge and enjoy it. Now that it’s done with we think how sweet it was. I agree  with the poet that we must enjoy the present, do whatever we can and not let the time wasted by thinking back of the Past or looking forward to the Future.

If we can stick to the present and make our life meaningful, who cares what the Future will bring. To me it’s better not to Trust the Future, it may not be as good as we think.

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Daily Post : Subdued

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Subdued

A few months ago a devastating fire burned several homes and made the citizens homeless in Fort McMurray, Alberta,Canada. I watched the uncontrollable fire on TV.

I imagined how depressed and dejected the people there felt. Natures fury makes us subdued for there is nothing else we can do, but pray and hope, the fire will soon be extinguished.

The citizens of Canada did their part, they donated money, food and blankets.

Red Cross did a fine job of raising money and distributing it to the people.

Fall is here and it wouldn’t be long when we’ll face the cold winter accompanied by snow, freezing rain. I’m always scared of slipping on the ice, which is why I do not think of going  out. I get depressed thinking we’d have a blizzard, we’ll lose power and the result would be no heat and the danger of pipes freezing.

It brings to mind what about those unfortunate people who are homeless, how will they survive the cold winter? It is a sad situation!

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Daily Post : Candle

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Candle

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Many years ago when I was eleven,my dad took us to Bangladesh for a visit. we had a good time in our maternal grandpa’s village. He loved gardening, he had a large area where he planted different fruits ones I never heard of  before, it was a  treat going into grandpa’s fruit garden and taste the delicious fruits he planted.

When we were there my mom’s youngest brother, my uncle entertained us with his imaginary stories we loved hearing them and asked for more. Uncle and aunt had two children a boy and a girl, when I saw the girl  she was an infant lying in her cradle. She was tiny and very sweet, my aunt used to leave her in the cradle for hours.

One day I went to see her, she was moving her legs, I wanted to pick her up, I wasn’t sure I’d be allowed.

After my dad passed away we moved to Comilla, Bangladesh, permanently.

One day my mom told me that my pretty little cousin was playing with her brother with a lighted candle, I have no idea how those two children got hold of a burning candle. The flame burned my cousin’s dress ,her brother was crying for help, there was no one around, when someone in the family saw her, it was already too late, she had third degree burns, and died because of lack of medical help.

She was only two years old. It was a sad day for her parents and the brother.

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Daily Post : Clumsy

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Clumsy

Number 13 seems to be my unlucky number, something or the other goes wrong on this date. Today I planned to go out to run some errands, it didn’t happen.

I hit the wrong bypass button, the loud alarm frightened me, I thought it’s 13th October, I’m getting a warning not to go out. I listened to my inner feeling and stayed at home.

At lunch time while carrying my cup of tea I hit the edge of the table and spilled tea on the floor, table and the chair, was it the date that made me do it or was I  clumsy and careless?

Sometimes silly superstitions makes us commit blunders, instead of admitting I was incompetent, I blamed it on the date.

I ended up convincing myself, I’ll have to do  my outside work tomorrow!

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