Sunday Photo Fiction — Answered Prayers

4BEF8069-26FA-4D03-8BC2-48E8AE35D22B“Whatcha doing, Sweetie?”

Paul was squatting on the patio gazing intently at the siding of their house with what appeared to be a vacant look in his eyes, as if mesmerized while staring at nothing in particular. He pointed to a bug on the wall.

Carrie followed Paul’s gaze and saw a large bug on the low on the wall. “That’s a praying mantis,” she told him.

“A praying mantis?” Paul exclaimed. “Is it poisonous? Does it bite or sting?”

“Oh no,” said Carrie. “In fact, in some parts of the world, it is considered good luck if one of these curious looking bugs lands on you.”

“Good luck? Why is it good luck to have a stick bug land on you?” Paul asked.

“I honestly don’t know why,” Carrie answered.

“Why is it called a praying mantis,” Paul asked.

Carrie sighed. “Maybe because of the way the it holds up the front of its body and positions its large front legs. It appears as though it’s praying, doesn’t it?”

Paul suddenly jumped up from his squatting position, kicked out his foot, and crushed the bug against the wall.

“So much for answered prayers,” he said, grinning wickedly.

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This is a twofer. It is written for today’s one-word prompt, “particular,” as well as for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.

Song Lyric Sunday — Growing Old Together

This week’s Song Lyrics Sunday theme is “growing old,” a topic for which I have decades of first hand experience. And while I have reached — and passed — the ripe old age of 64, the song that came to mind for this theme was the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” by the Beatles. Somehow, given the theme of this prompt, I suspect I won’t be the only blogger who chooses this song.

“When I’m Sixty-Four” is a track from the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, which was released in May of 1967. The song was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney.

It’s a song sung by a young man to his lover, and is about his plans for growing old together with her. Although the theme of the song is aging, it was one of the first songs McCartney wrote. He was only 16.

Here are the lyrics.

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?
Ho!