Anything But That

D4E7EC5B-99A2-4D97-A539-466EC0ABC94BEveryone in the family was gathered together for Christmas Eve and Day. It was a formidable gathering and the holiday decorations, both inside the house and outside, were resplendent.

The children had been waiting in anticipation to open up their Christmas gifts under the large tree early on Christmas morning.

One of the older, more rebellious of the children, a rather cynical teenager, was making a bunch of snide comments on Christmas morning. His father, tired of his son’s impertinence, pulled him aside and asked him to cease his divisive behavior.

“Look around you, Pop,” the boy said. “What you see here is the epitome of blatant consumerism, a society showing all the symptoms of decadence and decline. I can’t be a part of this.”

“Oh my God,” said the father, “please don’t tell me you’ve become a liberal!”

This silliness was written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (family), Fandago’s One-Word Challenge (formidable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (resplendent), Your Daily Word Prompt (anticipate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (gift),  and Scotts Daily Prompt (symptom).

Merry Christmas everyone.

All About Family

E6EA258A-8877-46FB-BD33-ECA4B86C9D1FTeresa, otherwise known as The Haunted Wordsmith, or alternatively, the Queen of Questions, has asked a new series of questions about family on this Christmas Eve.

Here are her questions and my answers.

  1. Which fellow blogger do you consider the wise elder that you turn to for sage advice? At my advanced age, there are few bloggers who are my elders, but I often find pearls of sage wisdom from Marilyn Armstrong over at Serendipity.

  2. Which fellow blogger is the younger sibling that you want to mentor? I don’t really feel that it’s my role to mentor other bloggers, but I’ll be happy to answer any questions about blogging that any newer, younger bloggers might wish to ask me.

  3. What is one activity that your family used to do as a Christmas/winter tradition? We’d all get together for a Christmas Day brunch, then go out to a movie and to dinner at a restaurant that is open for dinner on Christmas night.

  4. Do you have a relative that is never invited, but always seems to show up at family events? Fortunately, no.

  5. What family activity do you wish people still practiced? Conversation without the TV on, smartphones in use, or arguments about politics.

  6. You can take your family anywhere in the world…where do you take them? To someplace sunny and warm.

  7. Do you value family or friends more? Yes.

  8. Is there a family member that you resemble more than your parents? No. I’m tall and everyone else in my family, including my parents and siblings, were short. My son, though, is tall and lean and resembles me.

  9. Are there any interesting ancestors in your family tree? None that I’m aware of.

  10. What is one thing that shocked you about your family tree? That my parents weren’t born where I thought they were born.

  11. How far back have you traced your family tree? Three. Before that things get kinda fuzzy.

  12. What are your family rules at games (like Monopoly, Uno, etc)? Everyone gangs up on Dad (me).

  13. What is your favorite story about families (or that has a family in it)? I don’t know. Swiss Family Robinson?

  14. What Christmas/winter tradition did you start as an adult? Playing board/card games at home on New Year’s Eve.

  15. What is your favorite commercial or tv episode that featured a family? I’ve really enjoyed the sitcom “Life in Pieces,” but it didn’t return this fall and it may have been canceled.

  16. Which TV family did you want to be a part of? I can honestly say that there has never been a TV family I would have wanted to be a part of in real life.

What I See

7C8260CB-C309-4420-9093-4A31A7483F8ESome of you may be critical of this post because it isn’t reflective of the spirit of Christmas. And you’d be right, it’s not. But that’s because I’m upset, angry, and disgusted.

I see the stock market tanking, wiping out gains in people’s 401(k) retirement savings accounts, including my own. I see the prices for consumer goods rising thanks to Trump’s unnecessary, ill-conceived trade wars.

I see a man and his Republican sycophants bound and determined to take away healthcare benefits from the citizens of the country who need it the most. I see the government shutting down just before Christmas, putting hundreds of thousands out of work, because of Trump’s wet dream about building a wall on our border with Mexico.

I see America’s standing in the world in free-fall due to Trump’s nationalistic lunacy. I see the president of the United States being seen as a laughing stock around the globe. I see our so-called leader being so easily manipulated by our adversaries. I see the rise of racism, hate crimes, misogyny, homophobia, and division in America, all enabled and encouraged by Trump’s rhetoric.

I see a human tragedy unfolding at our southern border, where people seeking legal asylum are being literally jailed in makeshift detention centers and young, innocent children are being indefinitely separated from their parents.

I see a conscious and deliberate effort to roll back environmental protections, to promote fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) over clean energy sources, like solar and wind. I see a separation from the rest of the entire world on climate accords.

I see total chaos in Washington with a dangerous, paranoid, vindictive, lying narcissist sitting in the Oval Office. I see a man in the White House who is an unfit, unhinged, unqualified conman, who has no business pretending to be the leader of the free world.

So, at the risk of being called a grinch, I say to all of the lemmings who voted for and continue to support the abomination, Donald Trump, Merry fucking Christmas. I hope you’re happy with the coal in your stockings that you hung by the chimney with care.

Day 24 — Come Together

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song by a band you wish were still together.”

As far as I’m concerned there was no greater band than The Beatles. Sadly, two of the band’s members, John Lennon and George Harrison, are no longer with us, so a Beatles reunion can never happen.

As to a song by The Beatles that I would choose, what better song for a band that I wish were still together than “Come Together”? It just fits, doesn’t it?

FOWC with Fandango — Formidable

FOWCWelcome to December 24, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “formidable.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.