Camping? – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Wednesday already. You know what that means! Yep, time for some Friday Fictioneering. This week’s photo is brought to us by c.e. ayr and reminded me of the Christmas/New Year of 2013/14. We spent Christmas in the Keys and New Year’s in Naples…

Thanks, always, to Rochelle for her willingness to keep this party going! If you want to join in, just click on my frog below and add your link with your 100-word story!

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Camping?

This is how the rich like to camp, I take it?

Yep! They each have their lot for a season. It’s like a community.

And they save some scraggly spots for those of us just passing through…

Uhhhh… Not so scraggly.

Right. Not loving it, to tell the truth. We are a bunch of sardines in a pretty can. And our sardine is lacking.

It’s not! We are one with the hoi-palloi!

You do know that means the riffraff, right?

Really? Shit. I thought it meant the rich and snooty.

Nope. That’s hoity-toity. Let’s go to a nice quiet wooded area.

Weekend Writing Prompt #138 – Lollygag

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Lollygag

Challenge

I frankly love this word so it’s a pleasure to insert it into this little exchange. Thank you, Sammi, for hosting this party weekly.

A Question of Balance

What are you doing?

Faffing.

Not dilly-dallying?

Could be.

You are definitely doing nothing.

So? What of it?

It is lazy and you’re wasting away the day.

I disagree. It is called creating balance. One cannot always be doing.

It is wrong.

Nay, it is necessary. Come sit down and lollygag with me. You’ll see. You’ll be more productive later.

 

The Community – Crimson’s Creative Challenge #60

Well, well, well – OK, not even close to being a well 😉  Time to partake in Crispina’s CCC.  Of course, as I searched for an idea, I also searched for a photo or three, hoping the idea would form. And it did. Thank you Crispina. I do love this challenge.

The Community

Toula stood guard at her end.  What?  She squinted her eyes then grabbed the binoculars for confirmation.

“Oh!”  she beat out the code.

Clang! Clang! … Pause… Clang! Long pause. Clang! Clang!

It echoed down the hallways.

“Did you hear?  Quick!  Pass it on!”

Clang! Clang! … Pause… Clang! Long pause. Clang! Clang!

The residents joined together in the hallways.

“Is it true?”

“Can it be?”

Clang! Clang! … Pause… Clang! Long pause. Clang! Clang!

“Yes! Listen! Doula has banged out the last call.”

“Hurry, we must gather at the East Entrance!”

The community sloshed their way through the waters from the recent rainfall, towards the safe exit.

Their leader had made it back, packs laden with foodstuffs and other amenities long become necessary.

“We shall be able to survive the winter without worry, my friends. No fretting till spring.  Quickly, return inside and lock the gates. There is rejoicing to be had!”

 

Word count: 150

 

Inspired by the 1987-90 version of “Beauty and the Beast” featuring Ron Perlman (I always thought he was sexier as the beast than a man) and Linda Hamilton before she got all tough and terminator-killer-like.  And I am not afraid to admit I watched this show…

 

 

Shhhhh

 

Listen, do you hear?

The sursurration of the wind

plays with the marcescent leaves

 

~a soothing rustle~

 

drowning out the drone of the highway

disappearing into the wind

whispering secrets

 

 

That’s Not Kosher – Friday Fictioneers

Happy New Year my peeps!  I wasn’t sure where to go with this one so I went back a “few” years to a memory.  A very fond memory of a family vacation.  To play along, just click on the frog below and add your own 100-word story to go with this photo.  Thank you, always, to Rochelle for running things so fantabulously all these years.  As well, this is her photo so, yanno… thanks for that, too!

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That’s Not Kosher!

In the summer of ’75, Dad brought us to Golden Acres Ranch in the Catskills. We must have been the only Gentiles in the place.

“Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!” Our wake-up call every morning through speakers in the cabins.

There was horseback riding, dancing, sports – think Housemans of “Dirty Dancing” fame, but not quite so ritzy – at least, I don’t think it was.

I can still hear my not-quite-five-year-old sister, Tracy, ask Joel, our waiter, for a cheeseburger.

“Sorry, Kiddo, that’s not Kosher.”

“But I’m not Jewish!”

What a great way to teach us about other religions and cultures.

Out With the Old, In With the New

‘Tis that time of year, isn’t it? Big ideas, resolutions, promises, goals and dissing the year that is closing up tonight at 11:59.  So many peeps have said things like “Thank God it’s over, 2019 was the worse” or “2019, WTF was that?”

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Was it really that bad?  I mean, seriously.  Yes, there have been some serious meteorologically awful situations (typhoons in Asia, heatwaves in India, cyclones in Africa, bushfires in Australia) and I suppose I could focus on shootings and political brouhaha going on all over the world but really, that’s not my style, is it?  I am no Pollyanna but I do choose to give more attention to the good that is going on, rather than the bad.

So what is the purpose of this post? Nothing, really. I guess, like, say, 75% of the planet, I’m feeling reflective.  Reflective, not in the throw back without absorbing way, nor to show an image of way Not to embody or represent in a faithful way, nor to bring credit or discredit to anyone or anything way. And certainly not to bring about a good or bad impression of way.  No, no, I’m talking about thinking deeply and carefully about things

“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful

And so, I take this time to think back on the year that is about to end. I’ve made choices that have brought me to where I am today. While I am not entirely in awe of some of them, I am also choosing to look at them with a different eye.  I am pondering on the ‘why’ of said choices and no longer angry at myself for making them in the first place. We all have a journey to take and, if we are wise enough to pay attention, any tripping, wrong turns, bumps in the road are, in fact, stepping stones towards something more, something better. It doesn’t matter what that something is because we each have our own. Others will give you advice or points of view – solicited or not – and we again have a choice to listen and accept, a portion of or all; or nod politely if said advice does not mesh with ours, and continue on our own path, at our own pace.

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writing

By choosing to look at the good in my life ~and there are many, the not-so-good might actually start looking not-so-bad in the end. Well, let’s be honest. There are some things that are harder to swallow and turn into good or a valuable lesson – but these lessons are usually the ones that have the most impact, aren’t they? When we are forced to look in the mirror and acknowledge our part in what is going on, our misplaced pride takes a hit and we are humbled. There might still be some anger attached but, if we are honest, that anger dissolves into acknowledgment and then we can now focus one what to do next.  Blessings, I have many. Misfortunes, I have some.

“We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.”
David Levithan, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

And you know what? On those days where we just can’t see the good in us, then we should not be shy to go to our closest allies. The ones who know us, love us for who we are, and are not afraid to tell us the what’s what, followed by an “I love you. You got this. I’m here for you. And you are good enough.”

I am very blessed to have these peeps in my circle. Some are close and some are far, but all are within reach.  To you, I say thank you. I love you.

And now, how about we ring in the NEW?

I wish for you to find the happy in what the new year brings, for love to warm your heart, for health to keep you moving forward, for friendships to keep you sane (or bring out your crazy), for enough prosperity to allow you to enjoy and take part in living your life. May laughter always be a part of every day!

HAPPY 2020!!

We’ve got this!

 

Old vs New – Crimson’s Creative Challenge #59

Crispina‘s challenge is always a fun one for me to attempt. I like to find a photo to match or go with and I can’t believe I did find one – kinda/sorta 😉

 

Old vs New

You’re so old-fashioned and much outdated

You really ought to modernize

Each candle must be manipulated

Your light so dim, they strain their eyes

 

Look at me, you can see how far I’ve come

Their lives have become so easy

With a mere flick of the switch, I turn on

And it matters not if it’s breezy!