Time For An Intervention

Trump, New York, USA - 26 Sep 2018Today is the winter solstice. At least it is where I live. That means that today has the fewest hours of daylight of the year. It’s the shortest day of the year, although it’s still approximately 24 hours long, like every other day.

It’s appropriate that today is the winter solstice because these are very dark days for the United States and for the world. And today my patience is also at its darkest. The lunacy of the Trump presidency has reached infinity and beyond and I believe it’s time for someone to intervene before it’s too late.

Do you hear that Robert Mueller. Before it’s too late!

Trump, the spoiled little brat, is willing to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get funding for his stupid border wall. He’s unilaterally withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan, against the advice and counsel of our military and diplomatic leaders. He’s continuing his inhumane treatment of asylum-seeking families at the border. He’s kowtowing to the autocratic leaders of Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and China. He’s rolling back our environmental protections. His administrative staff team and Cabinet members are either resigning, being fired, or leaving in disgrace and he’s replacing them with unqualified Fox News personalities.

He constantly lies. He distracts. He divides, he enables the worst characteristics of human nature. He has no scruples, no morals. He’s out for himself.

Our liberal American democracy was not designed to have an autocratic, dictatorial, madman like Donald Trump as its leader.

It’s time for an intervention, America.

Written for these one-word prompt: Ragtag Daily Prompt (solstice), Word of the Day Challenge (infinity) Your Daily Word Prompt (believe), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (intervene), The Haunted Wordsmith Daily Word Prompt (liberal), and Scotts Daily Prompt design).

Peas in a Pod

14E3DF38-78D2-406E-9D65-3E0A4D782658The twins came running into our bedroom. “Mommy, Daddy, it snowed last night,” they screamed in unison. “Can we go outside and build a snowman?”

“Sure,” their sleepy-eyed father said. “Have fun.” His wife got up and went to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee and he joined her a few minutes later. They were sitting at the kitchen table discussing their Christmas plans when there was a knock at the front door.

Dad got up, and went to the door. One of the twins was standing there. “The snow’s too fluffy to make a snowman,” she complained.

“Okay, Jessica,” her father said. “Why don’t you and Jennifer make snow angels instead?”

“Dad, I’m Jennifer.”

Their father looked more closely at Jennifer. “I swear, you and your sister are like two peas in a pod. It’s a wonder that anyone can’t tell you two apart.”

“Whatever,” Jennifer said. “How do you make snow angels?”

“It’s easy,” Dad said, and he explained to his  daughter how to make them.

“Why don’t you go out and play with your girls?” his wife asked when he returned to the kitchen.

“Are you serious” he replied. “It’s too damn cold outside.”

“Well,” she said, “You have to go out to shovel the snow off the driveway down to the pavement anyway.”

“Yeah, I know,” he said. “There are times when I hate this time of year so much that I feel like I need to find something to smash.”

“Oh stop,” she said. “Snow at Christmastime makes things perfect. You really need to stop being such an old scrooge.”

That’s when the twins ran into the house and cried out in unison, “Dad, come look at our snow angels.”

“Peas in a pod,” he said, smiling at his wife.

Written for the following one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (fluffy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pod), Word of the Day Challenge (wonder), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (easy), Scotts Daily Prompt (pavement), The Haunted Wordsmith Daily Word Prompt (smash), and Your Daily Word Prompt (scrooge).

The House Hunt

92191E54-4EAE-4690-BCF5-918D8E4B5517“This house is in a shambles,” Sandra said. “I’m ready to march outta here right now. I just don’t see how we can take this on.”

“But wait, honey” Josh said, “Didn’t you see that beautiful waterfall and how the water cascades down and flows under the bridge?” It’s a real treasure.”

“Yes, I admit that the property’s setting is idyllic,” Sandra said, “but the house itself, no way. I just don’t want to go through the grind of major another renovation project.”

“Fine,” Josh said. He whipped out his iPhone and started looking at other listings in the area on Realtor.com.

“Put that away,” Sandra said. “I want us to go through a human real estate agent. Clearly finding suitable properties on the internet just isn’t working out.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (shambles), Scott’s Daily Prompt (march), Your Daily Word Promot (cascade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bridge), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (treasure), HW Daily Word Prompt (grind), and Nova’s Daily Random Word (Internet).

Our Cartoon-Like President

26331E44-284B-4530-8210-BA31F718745CDid you ever read that book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury”? Chris asked.

“You mean the one about our cartoon-like president?” Steve responded. “No, but I did read Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

“There’s just no precedent for his presidency, is there?” Chris said. “I wish we were back in those halcyon days when we had a sane, competent leader in the White House. Someone like Barack Obama, for instance.”

“I know,” Steve agreed. “Trump acts like he thinks he’s the king where he and the members of his royal family can do anything they want to, let the people be damned.”

“Yeah,” said Chris. “And like a king or a dictator, he wants to have a huge — and very costly — military parade to show off what a big gun he has.”

Steve sighed. “I swear, if the technology existed, I would have my body frozen until the day that Trump is indicted, impeached, removed from the White House, or voted out of office.

Written for the following one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (fire), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cartoon), Scotts Daily Prompt (precedent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (halcyon), Word of the Day Challenge (royal), Your Daily Word Prompt (parade), and HW Daily Word Prompt (frozen).

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).