Daily Prompt : Juicy

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

On the backyard of our home in Comilla Bangladesh, we had a lot of mango trees. Some of the trees had mangoes that were really juicy, they were called chushnio  aam(mango  capable of being sucked) all we had to do was  make a hole on top and squeeze the  juice in our mouth.

I never liked mangoes but I had fun watching my brother sucking the juice of these special mangoes. He was little and had no idea how to hold the mango properly, so more juice ended up on his shirt than his mouth. I’d make fun of him and say, ‘looks like you shared the juice with your clothes and your face?’

You could see half of his face covered with yellow mango juice.   🙂

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Daily Prompt :Expectation

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

Here in Newfoundland I’d say I always rely on the meteorologist about his weather prediction. In my mind it’s his job to give us accurate weather prediction especially in winter. Whether the weatherman has fulfilled my expectation of him I’d say yes .

I therefore tried to find out from one of them, what tools he uses to make his forecast. He says they use different tools to measure atmospheric conditions that occurred in the past and present. They apply this information to create educated guesses about the future weather. They remind us that meteorologists and mankind in general cannot control the weather.

The best they can do is observe past and present data, and apply this information to what they think will happen in future.

I guess a lot of learning takes place to predict the weather and the rest of us see the end results.

A while ago the weatherman did not have such sophisticated tools as they have now, therefore their predictions were always made fun of. For instance if they said the day would be sunny, the newspaper cartoon would show a man entering the house,  his clothes soaked in rain. Those were the days  we didn’t have  high expectation of the weatherman’s forecast.

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Daily Prompt : Seriousness

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

Tom and his twin brother Gerry were never serious about anything. Their mom would caution them about, neglecting their homework, staying up late during school nights, taking long walks without finding out where the road leads to. Each time they did okay, this made them very confident that they were lucky and nothing bad would happen to them.

One  winter day the weatherman’s forecast called for a likelihood of a blizzard in their town. Tom told Gerry, ‘don’t listen to the weatherman he’s always WRONG.’ They made up their mind to go for a long walk on the other side of their town.  They were reasonably dressed as they were not allowed to go out if they didn’t wear their warm clothes.

Although they had to listen to their mom they grumbled a lot,  Gerry said, ‘Mom always makes us wear these hideous heavy coats, I feel like taking it off and stash it somewhere so mom won’t find out.’

Tom was ecstatic he said,  ‘Gerry,  this is the first time you came up with this cool idea, let’s do it.’

Both took their coats off and left them at the back of the house. They felt a lot lighter, and were telling each other, ‘see the weatherman is wrong it’s not snowing.’

They were about a kilometre away from their house when suddenly the sky was covered with cloud, it looked quite ominous, but they were not afraid. The calm wind, turned very strong, soon the snow started falling, it was lighter at first but within minutes it changed to heavy snow the wind picked up its intensity, the visibility was almost zero. The boys didn’t know where they were going but continued to walk.

Suddenly a gust of wind nearly blew them away. Both held on to each other. Soon they started arguing , Gerry blamed Tom for not realizing the seriousness of paying attention to the weatherman. While Tom blamed Gerry for leaving the coats at the back of the house.

Both were negligent and they realized they were lost, cold and hungry. On their way they found a spot in someone’s backyard, they stopped, sat on the ground to figure out how they’d get home. The freezing cold took a lot of their energy. They remained seated and realized they must never leave everything to luck.

They were ten years old with no experience of the world around them.

All of a sudden they saw a dog coming towards them, they didn’t know what to do, but stayed there. At first the dog groaned and then barked loudly, the owner came running to see what was wrong.  Jack was surprized to see two boys huddled together in their backyard crying.

He told them to get up and follow him to the house, because the blizzard wasn’t getting any better. Annie his wife took the boys in, gave them towels to dry themselves and took them in the family room where it was warm and cozy.

She found out they were out for a walk and got lost in the snowstorm. Annie cooked them a hasty meal which both boys enjoyed. They waited several hours for the storm to stop.

Finally when the roads were cleared and the storm stopped, Annie and Jack took the boys home.

Tom and Gerry’s parents thanked Jack and Annie for bringing the boys home, while Tom and Gerry learned not to leave everything to luck, rather understand what the word seriousness means!

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Daily Prompt : Lukewarm

In response to daily post’s one word prompt : Lukewarm

Some liquids when heated such as milk one must drink it lukewarm. If it’s too warm it will burn your mouth. Once my mom brought me a cup of warm milk to drink. I can’t remember why, perhaps I was not well and the only food I could have was milk. She said, ‘Ranu drink this milk quick before it gets cold.’

I wasn’t aware how warm the milk was, I took the milk from her and tried to drink it quickly, well the result was my mouth burned, the pain was unbearable.

I told my mom it was her fault because she told me to drink it quickly. She laughed and said, ‘I thought you’d  wait till it was lukewarm.’

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Daily Prompt : Aware

In response to daily post’s prompt : Aware

There are millions of things  pass us by daily, we are not aware of everything. Perhaps our focus is on a few things, so we ignore the rest.

One year I had a pupil in my class, who I thought was not well. Each day I noticed him sitting at his desk and resting his head on it. I watched him closely and felt his parents should be made aware, their son is not well.

We had our parent teacher interviews in October, when I met the parents of this boy I told both mom and dad that their son was unwell. I explained the symptoms and my conclusion was he should be taken to a physician, to be sure their son is all right.

The mother’s reaction was unusual, instead of asking me why I think so. She smiled and said, ‘there is nothing wrong with him, he swims six laps everyday from one end to the other. He is never tired.’

Although I wanted to believe the boy was okay, my mind didn’t,  something was wrong I was convinced.

A year later his grade 5 teacher told me, ‘you remember the boy who you thought was sick? His parents told me he has leukemia, chances of him surviving was not good.’

A few months later he died. I don’t know if the mom and dad had taken him to a physician right away, would it have made any difference? Probably not, but the parents would have felt better.


Daily Prompt : Lush

In response to daily post’s prompt : Lush

 One day while walking on a field of Lush green grass

I heard someone saying, ‘please walk softly as you pass.’

‘Who are you?’ I  quickly asked.’

‘It’s me the green grass,’ he gasped!

I apologized and promised, ‘I’ll never step on you when I pass!’

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