Six Little Short Stories

1. Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s Faith

2. When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That’s Trust

3. Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s Hope

4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

That’s Confidence

5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That’s Love

6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence ‘I am not 80 years old’…I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.

That’s Attitude

Have a happy day , live your life like the six stories. ūüôā

Mike and Lynn Lewis Sherman,


………………………………. ūüôā


Writing Prompt:Cringe Worthy

Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?

My second year of teaching was absolutely horrible. The first day was enough to make me give up the wretched job immediately.  

I remember we had assembled outdoors for some sort of activity, the Principal showed up and started being nasty to one of the teachers in the presence of the little kids. I was horrified, I watched the kids laughing. I made up my mind to quit right then and there. I thought if this guy is embarrassing this innocent teacher without thinking where he was, I’d be the last one to put up with this kind of behavior.

This attitude of the head of a school was enough to make me squirm.

DP Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy

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I haven’t done any of the things listed, sometimes I can be very impulsive beyond reason. A short while ago I suddenly felt no one likes me, so I complained, it was the first step, ¬†this attitude ¬†I took ¬†made some people unhappy,which I didn’t think about, now I have to undo everything by apologizing ¬†that ¬†I’ve made a mistake.

I still am in the process of smoothening my mistake. I think I have to give a  break to my impulsive nature.

I think ¬†I’d like to let the dust settle, before I succumb to any kind of temptation.

Daily Prompt: With or Without You

Tell us about the time you threw down the gauntlet and drew the proverbial line in the sand giving someone an ultimatum. If never handed out an ultimatum but secretly wanted to, describe the scene and what would you say to put an end (one way or another) to untenable situation.

I was confronted with this situation twice and happens to be work related. I will write about my first ordeal. It was my second year of teaching, I quit my first school hoping to get a better one in the big city. Initially I was ecstatic I got my dream job, and a place to live.Well then after observing the principal and his treatment of the teachers totally deflated my willingness to work.

He’d paid a visit to the classroom and start ridiculing the teacher in the presence of the kids. I wasn’t aware of all this before I took the job. I saw one particular teacher crying,the principal was so mean to her.

The kids loved watching the teacher crying. ¬†I got the job of teaching forty-two boys in grade two. They were ill-behaved rowdy and their attitude was,”You can’t do anything to us.”

They were kids from wealthy families, the principal listened to any kind of complaint about a teacher and was always ready to discipline the teacher. This is where I started teaching in my second year.

My first day was interesting one of the kids came up to me and said, “you’re our sixth teacher in two months.”

I stayed quiet and watched them. The bell rang for recess ,before I knew what was happening, they vanished in minutes. I stepped out of my class to see where they were, the gym teacher smiled and said, “They are very bad, teachers hardly stay for two months and leave because they can’t handle them.”

I wondered whose fault was it, without any doubt I knew it was the principal. Next day I was ready for the little tykes. Five minutes before the recess bell, I locked the classroom door. I gave them an ultimatum, if anyone stood up when the bell was rung they’d have no recess. There was complete silence, I guess they thought where did she come from. I asked them to stand up and start walking out the door quietly. There was no problem and from that day I was their favorite teacher.

My major problem there was the principal, his attitude towards the teachers was  nothing I could be happy about. I was ready to resign from the job the first week. I wrote my resignation letter and went to hand it in to him on my tenth day in that school. You should have seen how charming he was when he saw me. I hesitated but got all of my courage together and handed him my letter.

He looked at me and said, “Is this a resignation letter?”

“How can you resign only after ten days?”

I know what I wanted to say but couldn’t ¬†I lacked the courage, I said rather meekly, “I don’t like it here.”

He refused and I had to teach there for a little over two years. One thing changed he had a better attitude!

Writing Prompt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch- Changes

I know change is good if what I do helps me and everyone around me. Right now I am thinking of changing my whole attitude towards my writing. I have made small changes. I didn’t write as much as I do now,yet I feel I need to improve my skill. I try to take part in some of the online writing challenges.

Sometimes I take a step back when I see negative comments. I know I should be able to swallow good and bad ,hoping the next comment would be uplifting enough  to carry on with extra energy.

I like change to happen gradually so I can deal with it in my own way. Drastic changes do not help me.

DP Weekly writing challenge: Cliffhanger Shorola AKA Bitter Melon

Her name was Shorola( innocent). It was difficult to fit her personality with her name. She did everything her own way. It cannot be counted innocent.

When she went outdoors, the kids in the neighborhood would sing, “Shorola you are a Corolla”(bitter melon).

She didn’t like the name bitter melon. It would infuriate her so much she’d start cursing. ¬†It didn’t help, ¬†Things were getting worse for ¬†Shorola. She complained to her mother, it didn’t do her any good. Her mother said, “now my dear you’ve got to change your attitude, smile when you see them, play with them, be friendly, it’s not that hard”.

One day she came out of the house with a bag full of candies she thought , ¬†“kids like them,I’ll give them some, I’d ask them if they’d play with me.”

The kids noticed Shorola had a whole bunch of candies,they hovered around her, she asked, “Want some?” ¬†They were surprised to see her so friendly.

One of them asked, “will you really give us some.”

“Oh yes she said, take as many as you want.”

Tom, the bully snatched the bag from her and took off. Shorola was livid she was going to teach him a lesson. She started kicking everything around her. The kids started running away and ¬†sang , “Shorola you’re a Corolla!”

I’m not a bitter melon she ¬†cried.

To be continued!