Tell Us a Story!

“Why do you hunt pirates?”

“Is it full of adventure, your life?”

“What are they like? Do they all have eye patches!”

“Do you do it for their gold?”

“Tell us! Tell us!”

He chuckled deeply as the small children continued to hound him with questions about his chosen path. He didn’t have the heart to tell them that pirates were nothing like their fairy tale counterparts. They were a lot more dangerous and a lot more prone to killing than small children who didn’t know any better would ever believe.

image: British Library from Roving Jack the Pirate Hunter, published 1867, a romance

Silly little thing that went a little darker at the end. This was inspired by the picture for the Friday prompt from Light and Shade Challenge and this time I kept within the word limit! (looks very pleased with herself)

Tolerance is a Good Policy – Thankful Thursday

This week I’m grateful for tolerance.

Not something I ever thought would feature largely in my life, but what did I know when I was a kid? Did I know that having cats and dogs in a duplex learn to tolerate one another would be better than them ‘liking’ each other and then playing tricks when I wasn’t looking? Did I know that siblings trying to do housework and listen to what they want to listen to (every day, without counsel with the other two) on the radio/c.d. player would need to tolerate one another? Did I know that learning to tolerate my sister when she wakes me up early to play a game when I was having the best dream (secret agent robot girl going into a musician career!) would be a lesson?

So I am grateful for tolerance. Without it, our pets would fight instead of just getting a hiss or two from select cats when they are startled by the dog or the dog only chasing my cat (and only sometimes the other two) when they start a fight (with a much larger dog, what are they thinking?)

I am grateful for tolerance when the kids start arguing, but only argue and don’t throw things at one another (inside) or purposefully mess up each other’s stuff (often).

I am grateful for tolerance when my sister wakes me up early to play a game (what goes around comes around, she’s the elder sibling).

I am grateful for tolerance whenever we want to watch Star Trek and the pets don’t even hiss at each other (during the show, commercials are another thing).

Make sure to check out the post for the original Thankful Thursday today (or any other day, it’s always good).

Song of the Heart – Thankful Thursday

Today has been a slow morning, everyone who could sleep in did. It was worth it, as the day has slowly gone by (it’s almost lunch already?) and I have sat and just listened to some music. Of course, I only put the music on because my niece asked me to, but I liked listening to it while she whirled around the room, picking up and vacuuming.

I guess today I’m thankful for music.

The sound of children laughing.

The sound of children playing.

The sound of lullabies created by my mom.

The sound of the wind in the leaves.

The knowledge that music in itself is a prayer.

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. -Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

And when you can sing a prayer, then you just know that your day is going to be better for it.

For the original Thankful Thursday: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/thankful-thursday-the-gift-of-children/

Sister Starts – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for many things, but mostly I’m grateful that I’m still here and that I have my family with me. Today is a little different because today is sort of the day that we begin.

It’s not my parents’ anniversary, it’s not the day they met. No, today is different.

Today is the day that my eldest sister, the first of my parents’ children, was born. We, the children (or the Siblings, as we call each other now that there are children running around our feet too) began today and we lasted a good long while (my parents had children for over a decade).

But my eldest sister was the first.

 

So I am grateful for her, even when we don’t get along and we just want to throttle one another, I love her and am thankful for what she has taught me throughout my life. (She is the reason I know how to do hair in any way, though I still have a lot of practice to do.)

Look for the original Thankful Thursday here: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/thankful-thursday-a-bright-future/

See the World, Don’t See An Ocean

To go the distance is a wonderful thing!
Remember all the moments that had you smiling…
Away we shall drive, across the continent
Vows to make it the the next graduent.
Even though it’s the middle of the week
Live while you can and don’t be too sleek.
Sometimes it’s cheaper just to drive rather than fly.
To California now! The other way,
How long are we going to stay?
Even though we’ll be together  all the way.
Everyone will help when only one moves away.
Wow! You’ve scattered all over the place!
One to the West and one to the East states.
Recall that you’ve sent another to the South.
Let me know what it’s like going that route.
Don’t forget that wherever you go, you’re always home.
Home is where the heart is.

Written for Suzie’s Weekly Word Challenge this week: http://suzie81speaks.com/2014/05/26/weekly-word-challenge-travel/

When I was 12 years old, my family decided to drive across the Continental U.S. to see my second eldest sister graduate from boot camp. It was the middle of exams and we only had a little money. We went anyway and made up all the exams the week after.

Five or six years ago, another of my sisters was moving to California. So the majority of my family got time off, packed her up and we headed out. Nevada is a beautiful place, but once you get through the mountains and into California near Sacramento… There are practically no mountains. I spent the entire time completely lost. I grew up surrounded by mountains, without them I have absolutely no idea where I am. Having a compass didn’t help at all. (I have slight panic attacks when I have no mountains for an extended period of time.)

I’ve been to both the East Coast and the West Coast and yet have never seen an ocean.

I’ve had a panic attack and had to spend all day under a blanket while driving through Arkansas.

Many of my family have been all over. At one point I had a sister in Germany (stationed there), a sister in Hawaii (college student), another down in the bottom corner of Utah in the middle of the National Parks there (college, again) and my elder brother over in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (mission). They were all gone at the same time and the household was the smallest I’ve ever seen in my family (there were only five of us at home: one mom and four pre-teens/teens.)

My parents did all their traveling before they had us passel of kids (Dad was in the Air Force when they first met and he was stationed in various places) so I know about places, but other than reading, I haven’t actually been to very many of them.

Well, my imagination has always been up to snuff enough for me  and I do so love to look things up and then picture them in my mind. Maybe someday I’ll actually see an ocean in something other than through a lens, but until then, I’ll listen to the stories my family can tell and enjoy every moment of my travels through my mind.

All Day Long

What is it that you do all day?
Only it seems very much like you play.
Really, what is it that you do?
Keep going on about it, don’t you?
 You’ve had all day.
Please set that aside,
Look, I don’t mean to deride.
At least listen to me,
You know there is more that what you see.
 Don’t judge my book without even seeing the cover.
Let’s take a step back,
I know know you think it’s sanity I lack.
Very much work I put myself to,
Even if it is not something you do.
We all have to begin somewhere.

Written as an answer to some of the children I live with. They come home from school and often think that I have just played video games all the day long. They don’t seem to understand that I have spent just as long working as they have at school. (shrugs) Ah well, life goes on and I’m sure that like I did they will learn that there is always more going on behind the scenes.

Communication? What is that?

Coming home from a long day of work,
Oh! Don’t forget that we have dinner plans!
Massive amounts of panic when finding out,
Maybe this ruin could have been avoided if the others had known?
Ultimately, we’re going to be late, but go we must.
Now don’t strain yourself too hard,
I don’t want you to overdo it and call over.
Come now, what do you take me for?
A child who doesn’t know how to keep an eye on themselves?
That wasn’t how I mean it, but now that you’ve said it…
I am going to pretend that you didn’t say that.
Oh don’t be such a baby! You’re fine!
Now are we going to continue this or get going?
I wouldn’t have let them go if you had let me now that there were plans in the making. This is why we need to have communication, woman!

Written for the Three Word Wednesday prompt that I’m trying out: http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2014/05/3ww-ccclxix.html

Also, this is a conversation that I had with one of my sisters a few days ago when she came home from work and asked where the kids were. I’d let them go to another sister’s house earlier when their housework and homework was done (and another went to a church activity). She was like, “Why did you let them go? We were having dinner at David’s!” She had, of course, forgotten to let me know that or put it on the calendar. We made it, but we were late. Our brother-in-law was fine with that and we had a good evening anyway. There was food we were able to bring back for the others and we managed to get home about the same time as them anyway, so it all worked out in the end.

 

Been Looking Forward – Thankful Thursday

It’s that time again this week, the time where I post pictures of things I’m grateful for! I hope that they are as enjoyable for you as they have been for me.

Here I go:

Eggs on homemade bread
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Star quilt made by Mom with love
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Family Game Night
 
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Nephews’ School Christmas Program
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(the kid in the green shirt facing the camera waving is my eldest nephew…if you can see him)
 
 
My elder sister’s talent and sense of humor
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image: drawn by my sister
other images: from the phone of martha0stout

This Thursday has been a good day for me emotionally but kind of dizzying physically. (Just one of those days where my vertigo is worse than usual.) But even with that, I’m happy today, happier partly because I just am and partly because I’ve been looking forward to this posting challenge for the past few days.

If you haven’t read the original Thankful Thursday post (http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/thankful-thursday-a-mothers-day-story/) head on over and check it out! It certainly brightened my day! (grins)

Mornin’ Mom!

Most mothers wake first
Only to be shooed back into bed if kids are old enough.
Ready or not, they will demand that you leave the kitchen.
Now you’re waiting in bed and reading.
In they will march 10 minutes later,
Now mom will smile and sound very surprised.
Good morning, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

Written on honor of how my sister’s kids work through the morning on Mother’s Day. She wakes first and when they get up, they shoo her back to her room so they can surprise her with breakfast. They still manage to surprise her, though partly it’s because they’re cooking has gotten better over the years.

Outside – Poetry Prompt 8

Come outside today!
Come on now, it’s good for you!
Come play with me this day!
We can throw a ball,
Catch a Frisbee,
Spar with wooden swords or
Run around!
Com on now, it’s good for you!
Come outside today!
 
Come on now, it’s good for you!
Join us in the great outdoors,
It doesn’t matter that it’s not that big;
All that matters is that we dig!
It’s great fun to dig and delve,
Working our way down from level twelve.
Feel the dirt between your toes
And get sand within your hair!
Come on now, it’s good for you!
 
Join us in the great outdoors,
Enjoy the sunshine slanting down,
Feel the wind blow around town!
Pretend you’re caught up with it and
Dance around with glee.
Feel the pull of the world
As it drags you down from a leap,
Don’t pay any mind to the clatter of raindrops.
Join us in the great outdoors.

Written partly because of Pooky’s poetry prompt for today: http://pookypoetry.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/poetry-prompt-8-first-phrase-last-phrase/

Also because my nephew keeps trying to drag me out, using my own words against me and everything! (laughs)