Daily Prompt: Unmoored

In response to one-word prompt : Unmoored

when I lost my dad at a very young age, I  felt we were unmoored. My Dad was the anchor who held us together, with his passing what will be our fate?

Some of the relatives who visited us regularly disappeared. There was no one in sight who gave us any kind of encouragement.

Those who came forward told my mom to get the girls married regardless of our young age, it according to them would relieve my mom of  the burden of raising all of us.

My mom ignored their advice. She was ready to face the challenge. My mom told us, ‘Whatever God does is good for us.’

This was something which was way over my intelligence, I kept quiet, one of my brothers did not agree.

I guess God wanted us to be independent, which we became because we knew we have to help ourselves. It worked out in the end.

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Daily Prompt : Descend

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

We went for a walk by the lake one afternoon. It was a sunny day, everything looked bright and cheerful. We took some food with us, took out our sheets we carried and placed them on the ground. We sat on the sheet and had a lovely meal.

After an hour we noticed the people were leaving, we felt perhaps we should pack up and do the same. The temperature was steadily going down, the sun didn’t feel warm. ‘It’s time to leave,’ we said to ourselves. We loaded our stuff in the car and prepared to go home. As we were leaving we watched the Sun slowly descending behind the mountains. My daughter took a picture.

After several days of rain the sunshine was a welcome sight. We hoped we’d see a few more days of sun, it’s so rare where we live!

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Daily Prompt : Notorious

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

Steerforth was  an evil fellow, whom  Agnes recognized,

Copperfield was  a friend which cannot ever be denied.

The former was a notorious fellow,

Why was the latter sweet and mellow?

In the end Copperfield learned his lesson,

To trust Steerforth who wasn’t a good person!

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Daily Prompt : Qualm

In response to daily post’s prompt : Qualm

When the head of an institution lies without blinking, it’s clear he has no qualm when he lies. But this same person takes down with him, others who work for him, because he has the authority to fire them, if they do not defend him; makes me wonder, do these people have any conscience?

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Daily Prompt : Collaboration

In response to daily prompt’s one-word prompt : Collaboration

One year in our school we decided to stage a Christmas play, we had five  grade four teachers. Instead of each of us staging a  different play with our kids we liked the idea of working together.

In all there were one-hundred fifty kids. From each classroom we chose main characters, and the rest of the kids, sang Christmas carols.

Our play was a success, we  helped  the kids memorize the lines, since there were five of us, we divided the work between us.

Although we enjoyed watching the kids, there were some  who were always fooling around.

Our joint effort gave us good results, the parents and the audience were happy to see all the kids participating in the play. Those who didn’t have a part were helpful in different ways.


Daily Prompt : Hospitality

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

I miss our dear friend whom we addressed as, ‘Auntie Jean,’   she was not a relation but treated us, my husband and children better than a relative.

We stayed with her and Uncle Harold several times, for at least a week, each time we visited her. She was warm, friendly and received us with open arms.

Her generosity and kindness towards us was exceptional, she had everything planned what we’d have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, when we stayed with her.

She met my husband at one, ‘Thanksgiving,’ and continued her generosity for a very long time. She was 94 when she passed away. I miss her, I have not found another good soul like her.

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Daily Prompt : Final

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

Mutua Madrid Tennis Championship Final

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are in the Final of the Mutua Madrid Tennis Championship. Today is the day of the final match.

Nadal is a Spaniard and Thiem is an Austrian. Both have won all the matches leading to the final.  Thiem is a young Austrian who comes dressed as a warrior who believes he can beat the Spaniard. Nadal will have the whole country behind him, because it is Spanish championship. Thiem will only have his family and his team rooting for him.

It depends on whose nerve is solid, however, Nadal has the experience and the nerve to win it . Thiem can only rely on his luck.

I hope the match is competitive, and not one sided, it will give the spectators their money’s worth, for I’m sure they’ve spent a huge amount.

I on the other hand will watch it on TV in my room. I’d be happy if Thiem wins but it seems to be a long shot!

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Daily Prompt : Pink

In response to the one-word prompt :  Pink

Among roses, corals, and faces I think,

The best is the one that is brightest pink.

A faded pink rose cannot be called pretty,

Neither can a  light pink coral it’s a pity.

The best are the babies with faces bright pink!

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Daily Prompt : Pursue

In response to one-word prompt : Pursue

I wanted to Pursue a two years’ course in North Western University, near Chicago Illinois. I had forms to fill in, which I received from the university. Before deciding to take  care of the forms I had a conversation with my husband. He thought the amount of funds I’d need to fulfill my ambition was rather large and that I should think about it.

At that time I was teaching. To do the course, I’d have to take leave of absence which meant I will have to give up my salary for two years, plus pay a fair amount for tuition, books and residence, to get my degree. It didn’t inspire me to take such a bold step, so I gave up the idea and concentrated on teaching and look after my  family.


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Daily Prompt : Temporary

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


When I applied for a teaching job, the principal of a local school, told me. ‘Well Ms. this is a temporary job, the teacher is on leave, would you be interested?’

I thought for a while about my prospects as  a teacher. Not so good my mind whispered, it’s a job as a substitute, the experience you receive here will probably not counted after you are relieved off your duties as a teacher in this particular position.

This short-lived work will only give me a very pessimistic view of life as a teacher. When the students are aware their teacher is a substitute they think it’s play time, they treat you like crap and spend their time either fighting with each other or are continuously rowdy.

I decided to refuse the temporary job and wait for one that had better probability of becoming permanent.

There are different scenarios  of a temporary job, one is you are replacing someone for a few weeks, the other because you are a new recruit, they’d like to try out for at least a year. By the end of the year, they seem to know all about you, whether you are good, bad or worse than anyone they the hiring masters saw.

If you are lucky they will give you the opportunity to prove yourself and a year in most cases is enough. I went through this test when I started my teaching career in North America. The Principal was a kind person who treated me well, and judged my talent, not where I came from. He gave me  a permanent contract after the first year which made me feel lucky.

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