Sunday Photo Fiction — Paradise

904A674F-6768-4A29-92C8-7128BCB03D49.jpegIt was picture perfect. As close to ideal as any place could possibly be. The weather all year long was wonderful, with mild days and cool, crisp nights. There were typically around 300 days of bright, sparkling sunshine a year, and when it did rain, it was almost alway at night. The ocean’s warm blue waters surrounded the peninsula on three sides.

They had promised themselves that they would sell their home in the city and move to paradise once Eric retired. They had scrimped and save and had accumulated enough money to finally fulfill their promise. And so, when they found what seemed to precisely meet their needs, they took the leap.

Sure, it was a little more than they planned on spending, but they decided to splurge. They bought a lovely three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beachfront bungalow. There was room enough for the two of them plus for their grown kids for when they wanted to come by and stay over for a weekend or longer.

They moved in and got settled and were enjoying the good life.

A thousand miles away, an earthquake.

A few days later, the tsunami.

That was the end of paradise.

(198 words)

Written for Susan Spaulding’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Anurag Bakhshi.

Mother/Daughter Talk

D273226B-A198-4A89-9FDE-A6F5B85E87CF“We need to talk, Belinda,” Betsy said to her daughter. “I just would like a little peace and quiet in my life. Instead, you persist in creating one kerfuffle after another.”

Belinda sighed and rolled her eyes. “Mom, I just have a voracious appetite for life,” Belinda said. “I wish you’d accept me for the person I am.”

“Let me be explicit with you, sweetie,” Betsy said, attempting to be patient with her rebellious daughter. “You’re going through this viscous cycle of extreme behaviors. It’s not your fault that you’re suffering from bipolar disorder, but you need to keep up with your meds.”

“Of course you’re right, Mom,” Belinda said, more than a hint of sarcasm in her tone. “I’d be so much better off going through life as a numb, mindless, compliant zombie instead of experiencing all that life, with its ups and downs and highs and lows, has to offer just so you can have some peace in your life.”

“But wouldn’t you prefer to be on an even keel rather than having these extreme mood swings?” Betsy asked.

“I’ll have an eternity to be on an even keel when I’m dead,” Belinda said. “In the meantime I’m going to celebrate life by living it to the fullest, even if it interrupts your precious peace and quiet.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (peace), Ragtag Daily Prompt (persist), Your Daily Word Prompt (kerfuffle), HW Daily Writing Prompt (voracious), Word of the Day Challenge (wish), Scotts Daily Prompt (explicit), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cycle).

11 More Questions

2594C797-BF72-42D8-BE0B-1E2D14895240So msjadeli over at Tao Talk, got nominated for a Liebster Award and posted her 11 questions, which she dutifully passed on to “anyone who wants to answer.” I think she’s talking about me! So here goes.

  1. Pets or no pets? If pets, please do tell about them. If no pets, why not? We have a dog and a cat. Our dog, a black German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix is a 13 year-old rescue dog. Our cat, a typical black cat with green eyes, is around 11 and was a stray who somehow found us.

  2. What’s the farthest you’ve been from your home? Our son spent two semesters in Russia during his undergraduate years and we visited him there. We went to St. Petersburg and then took the midnight train to Moscow.

  3. What’s the funniest thing you ever saw? That short video of a monkey shining shoes and washing a cat. 

  4. Who is your favorite comedian? The late, great George Carlin.

  5. What’s your favorite TV series, past or present? The Wire.

  6. If you had a time machine and could go to only 3 places, where would they be and why? I’m too old to want to go gallivanting through time and space by getting into a time machine and going to any other places or times. Besides, what would happen if there was some technical glitch and I got stuck somewhere I didn’t want to be. No thank you.

  7. What do you consider your greatest skill? My ability to sniff out bullshit (figuratively, not literally).

  8. If you could be frozen in a cryogenic tank right now and wake up in 50 years, would you do it? Why or why not? No, because the way things are going, our planet might be uninhabitable in 50 years.

  9. If you had to choose between losing your hearing and losing your sight, which one would you choose to lose? My hearing ain’t so good as it is, so I’d have to go with that. I surely don’t want to lose my eyesight.

  10. What is your favorite fairy tale? Right now I’d say it’s Humpty Dumpty, where Donald Trump is Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s men are the prosecutors working for Robert Mueller.

  11. What is one thing you hope to get for the holidays (if you celebrate where gifts are exchanged)? A good night’s sleep.4DFA9729-ED43-4C05-86D9-23EC9EA5050C

Our Cheerless Leader

B9A3601A-52EF-4457-B94F-FAE7657538E3Yes, our Cheerless Leader apparently feels that satirical comedy, especially when it satirizes him, is unfair and should not be legal.

This goes way beyond being thin-skinned. It’s conclusive proof that Donald Trump wants to negate the First Amendment, to control the free press, and to suppress all criticism.

He wants to be a dictator.

Song Lyric Sunday — Classic Favorite

Sometimes things just click. For example, for today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Helen chose “girls.” And for today’s 30-Day Song Challenge, we’re supposed to select “a song that’s a classic favorite.”30 DaySo how could I possibly not choose the classic favorite, “My Girl” by the Temptations?

“My Girl” was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White. It was recorded by The Temptations and released in December 1964 and became The Temptations’ first number one single. It is considered to be their signature song.

When Robinson wrote the song he was married to his first wife, Claudette, and it was widely thought that he wrote it about her. But in an interview, Smokey said that the song is not about a specific girl, but was “written with all the women in the world in mind.”

The song was written in the Apollo Theater when The Temptations were playing as part of a package tour with The Miracles. After The Temptations heard the song, they convinced Robinson to let them record it instead of The Miracles. Robinson, who was Berry Gordy’s right-hand man at Motown agreed, and rehearsed the song with The Temptations for a week before recording it.

“My Girl” was the first Temptations single to feature David Ruffin on lead vocals and it led to a greater role for Ruffin with the group, as he became their primary lead singer.

Here are the lyrics to “My Girl.”

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May.

I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl).

I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me.
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.

Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl).

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey

I don’t need no money, fortune or fame.
I’ve got all the riches, baby, one man can claim.

Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl).

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
With my girl.
I’ve even got the month of May
With my girl
Talkin’ ’bout
Talkin’ ’bout
Talkin’ ’bout
My girl
My girl
As long as I can talk about my girl…