Daily Prompt : Costume

In response to prompt : Costume

My daughter came home from school in a jolly good mood,

Guess what mom,’ she said, ‘make me an elf suit with a hood.’

Why do you need an elf costume in the month of December?

I’m picked in the Christmas day parade, mom you remember?

Oh I see said I, and I have to make you an elf outfit without delay,

But I do not know how to make an elf attire I was forced to say.

I told my teacher my mom is the best seamstress I know,

Well tis not true you must tell your teacher you’re sorry,

Your mom cannot stitch even a button for she only wears a sari!

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Daily Prompt : Suspicious

In response to one-word prompt : Suspicious

The  Suspicious  Stranger

The knock at our door caught my mom’s attention, she opened the door and saw a stranger, who came to look for work.

My mom was in need of a helper, who could do her shopping, and help  her  in the kitchen. She hired him on the spot.

To us kids he was a stranger, who knows where he came from, we made up our mind that he looked suspicious and mom didn’t do the right thing. Our grandpa sent  servants he knew  from the village.

We kept an eye on him, he hardly spoke and his movement around the house seemed questionable.

One evening we heard some noise from the other building near  our main house, we were sitting in the verandah, laughing and saying, ‘hey you thief you better not steal our stuff.’

None of us tried to investigate if there was someone actually in that house who came  to steal.

Next morning we woke up to find there actually was a thief who made off with a lot of our things. The worst part was the servant mom hired, disappeared!

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Daily Prompt : Lecture

In response to prompt :  Lecture

According to the historian Stanley Wolpert,   Jinnah( first Governor General Of Pakistan)remained Pakistan’s prodigious leader since the enactment of Pakistan.

In his biography of Jinnah titled, “Jinnah Of Pakistan,” Stanley Wolpert makes the following observation that describes the legacy of Jinnah and his footprint on history :

Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world.  Hardly anyone can be credited with creating  a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three. 

This is the kind of speech or lecture  given by a non-Pakistani, surely makes Pakistanis proud!

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Daily Prompt : Conjure

In response to prompt : Conjure

How I recreated a basket of food

I hear the doorbell, I open the door, in comes a group of my friends, with a basket of uncooked food.

What am I going to do with this, I ask?

‘Think of something, conjure up something, we are hungry, we need to eat.’ These words came out of their mouths in unison.

I tried to complain, but they were adamant, I have to cook all this, whether I like it or not.

I opened the basket, to my absolute horror, staring at my face was: potatoes, carrots, celery, and a fair size piece of blade roast.

I was a bit relieved knowing I can use all of this to make a one dish meal. I picked up the piece of meat, used some flour to cover it, took out my pot roast pot, heated it on top of the stove and browned all the sides, then I put some dehydrated onion soup mix, added some water and let it boil. In the meantime one of my friends peeled and sliced  the vegetables, which I added in the pot.

It was time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Within a few minutes the oven was ready, I put the pot roast pot with all the ingredients into the oven and put the timer for one hour.

The aroma of the roast was making all of us so hungry  it was hard to wait. One of my big-mouthed friends yelled out, how much longer, must we wait?

Instantly I recalled the image of my mom’s face, telling me: ‘ I’m scared the oven is not, it’ll take its time . So stay quiet or go for a walk.’

This is exactly what I told them!

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Daily Prompt : Mnemonic

In response to prompt : Mnemonic

As humans get older, their memory weakens,

So mnemonic systems are techniques used  to improve memory.

It sounds good, how do they use this idea to reach their goal,

Are all humans capable of using this strategy to meet their goal?

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Daily Prompt : Insist

In response to prompt : Insist

Sheila insisted  on wearing a cap in the classroom,

Her classmates teased her until  she left the room.

She went to the principal to assert her claim,

Why are her classmates making her ashamed?

She did nothing wrong but decided to wear her cap,

Why should they bother her and say all that crap!

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Daily Prompt : Simplify

In response to prompt : Simplify

Simplicity—- The Catalogue

When I started sewing I found out there is a catalogue named Simplicity which sells patterns to anyone starting off to make their own clothes.

I found the patterns excellent, one can easily stitch any dress or anything else. Their patterns are simplified to help those who want to learn to sew. I’ve used them to stitch simple dresses, the patterns are of different sizes, such as small, medium, and large.

They use soft transparent paper on which they draw the  patterns , all one needs is, get the right size,purchase  the fabric, and other tools needed to sew.

It certainly is an easy way to pick up sewing as a hobby!

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Daily Prompt : Tend

In response to prompt : Tend

The weather this winter, tends to dump more rain than snow.

February   is a  month when we have blizzards. It’s strange to see  grass this February, which was very unlikely in other years!

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Daily Prompt : Bewildered

In response to prompt : Bewildered

Bewildered!

Thinking it was her Dad, Mary  followed him,

On and on they went the day began to dim.

Bewildered Mary wondered why he doesn’t stop,

Confused she yelled, ‘Why don’t you stop Papa?’

He turned around, only then she knew it’s a stranger,

She was speechless she knew she was in grave danger.

She tried to run, the man grabbed her arm,

‘Oh no, you came this far you must see my farm.’

‘But I don’t know you I must run home to my Mommy,’

‘Do not be afraid I’m your  long-lost uncle Sammy!’

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Daily Prompt : Enrollment

In response to one word prompt : Enrollment

Enrollment

When I started teaching in an elementary school in Gander, Newfoundland, the enrollment was about 900 students in total from kindergarten to grade six.

The following year  the number of kids in school dropped to 850. The administration was nervous over the decline in enrollment. 

The board superintendent of the school decided to hire less teachers and increased the number of kids in a classroom from 25 to 30.

This increased pressure on the homeroom teachers, because not all the kids such as  in grade four,  were of the same calibre, there were some who could handle the course of studies, then there were others whose reading level was two grades lower.

This caused  inconvenience for the teachers. To solve the problem, the supervisors instructed the school principal to divide the children into levels A B C .

This grouping helped the teachers but created some controversy among the parents of kids!

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