A Day at the Park

B1F26FBF-F269-4F2A-B39D-E017C78AA051Aaron decided to take his family to the city park and to have an outing at the pond located at the north end of the large park. It was a beautiful spring day and his two kids were very excited about spending the day there.

Almost as soon as they got there, his kids wanted to go to the soft-serve ice cream truck parked there. “What can I get you today?” the girl at the window asked. 

“I want a chocolate/vanilla swirl on a sugar cone,” Andy said.

“Me too,” chimed in his little sister, Allison, who would always copy everything her older brother did.

Once they got their cones, they walked over to the pond, found a place to sit, and watched as a mime did his pantomime schtick, which Andy and Allison found enthralling.

After a few hours by the pond, the kids were getting restless, and Janice, Aaron’s wife, suggested that the kids might want to go to the part of the park where there were some amusement rides. The kids thought that was a great idea and ran ahead of their parents toward the rides.

“I want to go on the Cyclone,” Andy said when they got there.

“Me too,” Alison squealed.

Aaron looked at his daughter and broke the news that she wasn’t big enough to go on the Cyclone. “You have to be this tall to participate,” he said, holding his hand just above her head.”

Allison started crying. “That’s not fair!” she screamed. “I want to go on the ride with Andy.”

Janice bent down and looked Allison in the eyes. “You’ll be tall enough to go on the Cyclone next year, sweetie. So let’s let Dad and Andy go on it now and I’ll get some cotton candy that we can share while they’re on the ride.” Then she whispered in her daughter’s ear, “And we can watch Daddy get dizzy and throw up when he gets off the ride.”

That brought a big smile to Allison’s face.

Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write prompt this week, which is for the setting “At the pond.” And for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge, which is “What can I get you today?” And also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (copy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pantomime), Ragtag Daily Prompt (cyclone), and Your Daily Word Prompt (participate).

K is for Klondike

6E5CF5D2-05B0-419D-9F97-AC1A73782786No, I’m not talking about the region of the Yukon Territory in northwest Canada, east of the Alaska border. This post is not about that Klondike, which is famed for the Klondike Gold Rush, which started in 1897 and lasted until 1899.

07D12AD7-5D94-4A5D-9456-1B7F07AC836BAnd I’m also not talking about the Klondike ice cream bar that consists of a square of vanilla ice cream coated with a thin layer of chocolate. Nope, that’s not what this post is about either.

The Klondike I’m referring to is the best-known solitaire card game, to the point that the term “solitaire,” in the absence of additional qualifiers, typically refers to Klondike.

So why am I writing about a solitaire game? Well, it’s simply because I have an app on my iPhone called Klondike Solitaire and when I’m not blogging — posting, reading, and commenting — I’m probably playing Klondike Solitaire on my iPhone.C8B06ECA-C81C-4223-AEBD-A9E16CB3E4E5I really need to get a life!

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

I Totally Missed This

img_4606I never got any kind of notification from WordPress telling me that my blog had reached a significant milestone. I found out by scrolling down my blog’s stat page and discovering that, at some point on Wednesday (I think), I reached 2,000 followers. Woo hoo!

I admit that I was surprised that I didn’t get any notification. The last time I received a notification from WordPress was back in October when I was notified that my blog had reached 1337 followers. Now, almost six months later, I reach 2,000 followers and not a peep.

Maybe it’s because WordPress knows that I don’t actually have 2,007 people who are following my blog. Based upon regular interactions (e.g., likes and comments), I may actually have maybe two or three dozen people who are legitimately following my blog, since I never hear from probably 1,950 of my 2,007 “followers.”

Anyway, regardless of whether you really are a follower of my blog, or if you’re just someone who randomly or accidentally clicked “follow,” thank you.

On a different, yet related topic, didn’t WordPress used to have something it called a “trophy case,” where you could see all of the notifications for things like number of posts, likes, followers, etc. that you achieved? What happened to that? If it’s still around, I can’t figure out how to access it. Do any of you know?

FOWC with Fandango — Pantomime

FOWCWelcome to April 12, 2019 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 “pantomime.”

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.