Daily Prompt : Distant

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

Minnie’s unfortunate adventure!

Faraway in a remote village lived an old man, his main work everyday was to take care of his Grand daughter Minnie, whose mom died in a strange accident, having lost her father a year before, made her completely helpless. Her Grandpa agreed to take care of her.

Minnie was a sweet, agreeable child, whatever grandpa asked her to do, she’d never complain. One day she was sent on an errand to buy some vegetables and fish, gramps was in a mood to cook a grand meal for his favorite Minnie.

Minnie was on her way to the market when she met a girl her own age, they started talking, both instantly became friends. The girl was Sally who was going to see her aunt Amy who lived near the    market.

While walking the two asked each other some questions to know each other well. Minnie asked Sally, ‘Why are you going to see your aunt, is she sick, did she invite you for supper, how long will you stay with her?’

Sally said,  ‘Minnie you’re asking too many questions, I’m going to see my aunt, I haven’t seen her for a long time, I don’t know how long I’ll stay maybe an hour or two, it depends on my aunt, if she invites me  to have supper I will or else I’ll go home shortly.’

Minnie listened to her new friend and suddenly wanted to accompany her to her aunt’s house. ‘Can I come with you too, I want to see your aunt, my mom or dad, had no   siblings, I never had an aunt, I so want to see what an Aunt is like, please ,please, can I?’

Sally was hesitant in the beginning but felt bad for her friend, she said, ‘Okay you can come with me but you mustn’t talk when we get there.’

At that point Minnie was ready to do anything, staying quiet in her friend’s aunt’s house, didn’t bother her much. She told herself, she’d listen and find out what an aunt looks like, she didn’t have an aunt herself, it’d be fun to watch Sally’s aunt.

They walked a long way until Sally pointed out, ‘Look that’s the house, the one with a red roof.’

They arrived at the doorstep Sally rang the doorbell, no one came out, she rang it twice, still no one, she was impatient she started banging the door hard, this time someone from inside said, ‘Who are you, what do you want, go away or I’ll call Malcolm, he will take care of you, I’m warning you?’

Sally cried out loud, ‘Aunt Winnie, it’s Sally your niece, I came to see you, I brought my friend too.’

Hearing her niece aunt Winnie opened the door, Minnie looked at the aunt, she was tall, stern to look at, she had a harsh voice and seemed unfriendly. Minnie had to think immediately whether to go in or run. She did the latter. Sally called her to come back but Minnie wasn’t sure the aunt was a nice person.

She ran to the market, bought the  things for gramps and headed home. At home gramps was walking to and fro wondering why was little Minnie taking so long.

When she arrived home gramps had a lot of questions, but first he had to cook the grand meal he promised his grandkid. Little Minnie was a  great shopper, she bought all the right things. Gramps finished cooking in an hour. It was time to have a delicious meal, the table was set, both ate well and put  the leftovers away to eat the next day.

Then Gramps asked his grand kid, “why were you so late?”

‘It’s a long story,’ she said, I wanted to know what  my friend  Sally’s aunt was  like, I found out, she  was  cold, anti-social, unfriendly, you name it, she was bad, she really was Distant  gramps.I understood then how great you are, a caring, friendly, and a  warm-hearted person, I love you gramps, you’re the best!’

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daily Prompt: BREATH

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Today’s Prompt: Breath

It’s quite cold today, so much so I can see my breath. I would have liked it better if I didn’t experience this seeing my breath. But nature has its own reason, why it doesn’t want us to feel too warm in April.

We speak of the weather too much, I’d leave the weather alone and write about a more interesting subject.

It’s better to weave a different story using the prompt in a more positive way.

I’m writing about a  pretty girl , whom I taught in school. Her presence in my class  seemed like a  breath of fresh air.

This story begins with Heather. She was one of the kids I taught. She had the most pleasant disposition compared with others  I came into contact with. At only nine years of age she had the God given gift of making everyone around her happy. She possessed all the qualities of a trained young lady, she was witty, intelligent,mannerly and a very eager and a good student. I always wondered what she’d be like when she was older.

She did not disappoint me, she visited me  one snowy morning to offer help to clear my driveway. At first I didn’t recognize her, she reminded me, she was in my class in grade four. I was delighted, she lived across the street from us. I was told she’d finished her degree in Music, and was interested to register in the faculty of medicine.

I lost touch with her and sometimes wonder if she was selected to study medicine. May be someday out of nowhere she’d arrive at my doorstep with her stethoscope around her  neck,  asking me do I still want to take piano lessons from her!

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Daily Prompts: Comedy of Errors(and bonus assignments !)

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Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Write about a time everything did- fiction encouraged here, too!

Bonus Assignments: do you keep a notebook next to your bed? Good. Tomorrow morning jot down the first thought you have upon waking, whether or not it’s coherent.

Yesterday I got ready to go to the medical center for my flu’ shot. I did not check the bus schedule or the temperature outside, not a clever thing to do.Murphy’s Law means to be aware and I was not, I was sure I was going out at the right time to catch the bus.In my mind the bus would arrive at 12.30 pm.

There was no sign of the bus, it was an extremely cold and windy day. The bus schedule was what I thought it was, but it arrived at 1 pm.

I boarded the bus hoping the next one would be there (MUN Centre) when I arrive. There was no sign of the bus and I had to bear with the extreme cold temperature. When I saw there was another bus not the one I was waiting for, I went over, asked the bus driver about route no. 14, she told me  I’d have to wait another five minutes. This was after forty five minutes of waiting. I checked  my watch five minutes had passed. I kept wondering if going on a day like this was worth the flu’ shot I was going to get.

I arrived at the health centre at 1.55 pm, my appointment was at 2 pm. I was called in after a few minutes of waiting.

I checked the bus schedule, it said 2.30 pm , I was delighted I’d reach home by 3 pm. But the bus arrived at 3.45 pm which meant I was freezing outside.

I did not dress warm enough, I really could not tell how cold it was in my warm home.

The last bus I took was at 4.05 pm. The bus driver sat and waited for God knows whom. When he finally  decided to start moving I breathed a sigh of relief. It took about fifteen minutes to reach my stop. My watch indicated it was  4.30 pm I got off and hurried home. By this time  I was cold, hungry and tired!

I had gone for flu’ shots before, I did not have this much trouble getting the right bus.


Writing 201: Poetry

Day 9: Cold, Concrete Poem,Anaphora/Epistrophe
Today’s form : Concrete Poetry
Today’s device: Anaphora/Epistrophe
the days
are shorter
my mind begins
to wonder, are we
expecting to see large
snowflakes today?My mind
says:not just yet,be ready
with your shovels and ice pick
after snow it might rain and make
the surface slippery and icy,it really
becomes so bad only your skates will help.
I know
is the
when the snow will show up.
It will cover the car, the walkway
the outside porch and driveway and the tree
O God, help me I will say
O God, You are the one who
can save me,from the cold ice and snow
From today I will begin to Pray,
So the snow is not heavy, I will Pray,
Do you think it will help if I Pray?
So that the winter does not last long!
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Daily Prompt: Turn,Turn, Turn

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Seasons change so quickly! Which one do you most look forward to? Which is your least favorite?

My most favorite season is summer, here in Newfoundland it does not get too hot, the weather is nice. I get to go out without warm clothes. I look forward to summer because it’s not that long.

My least favorite season is winter. The days are short and extremely cold, we have too much snow, clearing the snow from the driveway is a chore I avoid. Then untimely rain makes the roads and the driveways very slippery.

Some people remark, ‘It is so slippery we should go out in our skates.’

Those who are good in skating and enjoy it, it’s a fun time for them. I tried to learn skating but was unable to slide, and fell down countless times.

Winter is much longer and keeps me home 24/7. I do not enjoy winter.

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Daily Prompt: State of Your Year

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How is this year shaping up so far? Write a post about your biggest challenge and achievements thus far.

Year 2015 is shaping up to be be a pretty good one. In January we did not have as much snow as the previous years. February was cold, it was not unusual it’s always cold, there was no difference. March  did not come like a lion but certainly roared like a lion as it bid us goodbye till next year. We missed the lamb, I suppose nature was angry with us and did not give us a break.

I found April annoying instead of bringing Spring weather, it snowed  and was unusually cold.

And we have May, it is the nineteenth day and it hasn’t decided if it wants to be a little warmer or continue with the chilly winds. This is the year so far about the weather.

My biggest challenge so far is taming our feline Raphael, for some reason he thinks he must give us a hard time to keep us honest. He cannot be trusted, he comes into my room and starts chewing the covers of my books. Dousing him with water does not do the job, he shakes himself in the wink of an eye, ready to damage anything that comes his way.

I cannot recollect any achievement of mine which deserves mention. I can only say I’ve discovered plenty of snakes, I have to look for their enemy the mongoose.Watch this video.

Isn’t it a good one?

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DP Daily Prompt: Fight or Flight

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Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding, belly twisting nervousness: What caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

It happened a couple of days ago, I was leisurely walking to the bus stop, suddenly I noticed the bus coming, I was a few yards away, I raised my hand a few times for the driver to see, I started walking as fast as I could. I did not want to miss the bus, it was a cold windy day.

I think I was justified to speed up the walking, if I didn’t, not only I’d miss the bus, I’d have to wait thirty minutes to catch the next one and it would be a pain for me, I’d be cold and impatient two things which would rouse my temper and I’d be pacing back and forth thinking should I go back home or should I stay!


DP Daily Prompts: Ready,Set,Done

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Our weekly free-write is back: take ten minutes– no pause–to write about anything–unfiltered and unedited.You can publish the post as-is or edit a bit first–your call.

It is 4.52 p.m. in my neck of the woods. I went out to run an errand. I had to wait for twenty minutes to the  place I intended to go.the bus took its time to show up I was freezing, it seems winter cannot  wait to show its face. Well the bus came i boarded it got off several stops later. Got my stuff, came to the stop to catch the bus to come home. Another twenty minutes it took for the bus to arrive.

I was on my way home, unfortunately I rang the bell one stop earlier, stayed in my seat and pull the string again for the stop, apologized to the bus driver for my mistake, came home and fed the kittens, they were glad to see me I think.

Now I am writing this, the time allowed is ten minutes only, oh I have two minutes left,the kittens are sleeping I am writing, still writing, I am nervous I do no know how many mistakes I made still writing, writing , done!