WDP — As Time Goes By

Is your life today what you pictured a year ago?

Back in the day, when I was a younger man, that would have been an interesting question, as my life would change from year to year, sometimes significantly. I might have gotten a new job, moved to a different city or state, broke up with my girl and/or started dating someone new, met and fell in love with the woman I would marry. Had kids, kids had kids. Lots of changes over the years.

But the biggest change in my life was when I retired. Since then, the changes in my life from one year to the next have been relatively inconsequential. And that’s the beauty of retirement. My life since retirement has been the same as it ever was.

So to answer today’s daily prompt question, my life today is pretty close to exactly where I pictured it a year ago.

Christmas Night

The two of us, each enjoying a cup of hot cocoa after our Christmas night feast, sitting by the fire keeping toasty while the polar vortex roars outside. The kids and grandkids have gone home and the excitement of the day with family has waned. But the sense of goodwill remains.

Written for Greg’s Five Word Weekly Challenge, where the words are excitement | cocoa | feast | polar | goodwill.

Share Your World — 12/19/2022

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her questions for this week.

1. How organised are you in either your working or private life?

More organized than I used to be, not as organized as I ought to be.

2. Do you remember family birthdays or anniversaries and send cards?

I have family members’ birthdays and anniversaries set as reminders on my iPhone. After I get those reminders, depending upon which relative it is, I will buy a present, send a card, or call them on the phone.

3. If you see something in a shop that is an extravagance but you can afford it, do you buy it?

Nope, there’s nothing I need or want that I would consider an extravagance. Unless you consider a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream an extravagance. I don’t. I consider it to be a necessity.

4. Are you looking forward to the New Year?

I look forward to the new year every year. I was disappointed by 2020, 2021, and 2022. Maybe 2023 won’t continue that disappointing streak. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Gratitude: What simple thing warms your heart?

My grandchildren.

Two Different Worlds

I was trembling in anticipation when you said you wanted to come over and talk with me face-to-face. I thought for sure you were going to ask me to marry you. But instead you told me you were breaking up with me. How could I possibly have been so wrong?

You said that it wasn’t me, it was you. You said that we come from two different worlds and that you’re not good enough for me. But my darling, nothing could be further from the truth. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.

I know you think I’m extravagant, and, yes, I can be. That’s just how I was raised. My family has money and I never wanted for anything. But that’s all behind me now. All of that, the money, the excesses, is trivial compared with what you and I have together.

The thoughts in my mind right now are horribly disorganized. But I promise you, I can get my act together. I can stop being frivolous. Please, my darling, I’m not too proud to get down on my hands and knees and beg you to stay. Please don’t break up with me. Let me prove to you we can reach unimaginable heights together.

And one last thing, my beloved, if you agree to marry me, I promise that my father will give you a seven figure dowry and won’t require you to sign a prenup.

You see, my darling, I knew I could persuade you to see things my way.

Written for these prompts: EM’s Weekly Word (trembling), Your Daily Word Prompt (extravagant), The Daily Spur (trivial), My Vivid Blog (disorganized), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (beg), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (break).

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #198

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the WordPress Free Photo Library provided by Pixels.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a teenage girl sitting crosslegged on the floor in between the stacks in a library engrossed in a book she’s reading.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.