SoCS — To the Left

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are asked, when we sit down to write our post, to look to our left. What is the thing closest to you? Write about the memories that thing induces.

Okay, first of all, it’s Friday night and I’m not sitting down. I’m lying down. In my bed. And on my left is my wife. She’s reading a book, while I’m tapping out this post on my iPhone. What memories does this “thing” on my left induce? Wow, since that “thing” on my left and I have been together for 45 years, there is a whole boatload of memories. Where to begin?

We were a fix-up, a “blind date.” The first time I saw her, she reminded me of an Indian princess — a Native American princess, that is. And I was immediately smitten. It took her a while to cotton to me though. But I was persistent and somehow I persuaded her to move in with me and then to marry me, which she did about two years after that blind date.

And now, as I look to my left and watch her reading her book, I am reminded how lucky I am to have been fixed up with her 45 years ago. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had we never met.

I’m a very fortunate man.


Photo credit: Annie Spratt at Unsplash.

SoCS — The Merry Month of…

May I remind you that today is the first day of the month of May? When I was a kid, on the first May, we used to celebrate May Day by dancing around the Maypole. And because April showers bring May flowers, this month should be one of bright, bountiful, and beautiful flowers and delightful fragrances.

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already May. It seems as if 2021 is barely underway, and yet we’re one-third of the way through the year. In fact, I find it a bit dismaying how quickly the the first four months of the year have flown by. And while I was hoping that 2021 would be a far better year than last year, there has been a lot of mayhem so far this year. Maybe you feel the same way, too.

Here are some personal factoids about May: I started this blog in May of 2017. My first grandchild was born last May. My parents got married in May. Not recently, of course, but many, many Mays ago. And I started my first real job after graduating from college and returning from active duty in the army in May. Again, that was many Mays ago, too.

And with that, I think I may wrap this post up. In case you couldn’t tell, I wrote this post specifically for Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “may.” But maybe you already figured that out.


In a happy coincidence, today’s Your Daily Word Prompt word is also May.

SoCS — Oops

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are instructed to find a word with the “oop” sound in it and use it in your post.

Alrighty then. I’m going to be a real trooper and give you a scoop on a story about one of my neighbors who had a habit of letting his dog Snoopy poop on the stoop in front of my house. Now you might say to yourself, “Hey Fandango, just grab a poop bag, go out to the stoop, and use the poop bag to scoop up the poop.”

Well what kind of nincompoop do you think I am? You must be loopy if you think I’m going to jump through hoops to clean up Snoopy’s poop from my stoop.

But to keep you in the loop, yesterday I saw my neighbor walking Snoopy when they stopped at my stoop and Snoopy started to poop, so I swooped out to the stoop and handed my neighbor a box of poop bags and asked him to be cooperative and use these bags to pick up Snoopy’s poop from my stoop.

He said, “Whoops, you’re right, I should pick up Snoopy’s poop from your stoop and I appreciate you giving me these poop bags to do so. I’m happy to cooperate and I’m sorry about my blooper for letting my dog Snoopy poop on your stoop.

My neighbor and I shook hands. “No big whoop,” I said. “And I hope you and Snoopy have a pleasant day.”

SoCS — M is for Mash

No, this isn’t a part of this month’s A to Z Blogging Challenge. It’s actually in response to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where she gives us the word “mash.” But since I’d already used my “M” prompt with “Mork & Mindy,” I thought I’d just highlight another great TV show that started with the letter “M” on today’s SoCS post.

“M*A*S*H” (an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was an American war comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983.

The show was an ensemble piece revolving around key personnel in the 4077th MASH unit in the Korean War (1950–53). The MASH team cared for the injured during the war and used humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077th’s people are Captains Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), and “Trapper John” McIntire (Wayne Rogers), B.J. Honeycutt (Mike Farrell), Majors Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swift) and Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Corporals Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff) and Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), and Colonel Sherman Potter (Henry Morgan).

“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” was the final episode of “M*A*S*H.” It aired on February 28, 1983, and was 2 1/2 hours long and was watched by 125 million viewers.

SoCS — Opposing Forces

“What difference does it make?” he asked her.

“Are you kidding me?” she said. “It makes a world of difference. It’s as if you want to imprison me when all I want is to be free.”

“But if you leave me, it will break my heart,” he said.

“Oh, I’m sure that tart of a receptionist you’ve been running around with behind my back will help mend your broken heart quite nicely.”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the the word is “difference.” Also for the the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix prompt, where the opposing forces are “imprison/free” and “break/mend.”