She Used To Have Everything

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She was putting up the ornaments. Some of them they’d bought together back then. Most of the ones they purchased in that little shop in that little lane were long gone. So was he. The tree used to be bigger back then, but so was the house she shared with him and the kids. The kids… They would be here soon. Carefully she picked another ornament, making sure she wouldn’t drop it.

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No, she wouldn’t drop anything anymore. She blinked and a tear fell from her right eye. She used to have a basket full of ripe fruit and vegetables, a nest full of eggs and birds, a house with a garden, a husband and two perfect kids – she used to have everything. She thought she had reached the stars but because she wasn’t clever, they were all taken out of her hand. One mistake, one passion for pump flesh, someone younger, who by the way, didn’t stay with her long – and she lost everything. How she wish she has another chance, to make amends. She has seen her errors and now she wants to go back to where she was.

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by brenda warren

For: Finish It! #42 and Wordle 129

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Our Pride and Joy

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Time really goes so fast
We can still remember all the years
His first words that gave us cheers
The first time he crawls and walks
His first day of school with a big bag
Karate, music, choir, kung-fu, guitar
When we reminisce them they bring tears
From primary years to senior years
Lots of friends, loves Maths and Science
Learns to drive, happy to have his license
Activities in school, soon time to leave
To another country to have his degree
We surely miss him but we had to let him go
Happy we all are when he rang and said
She said yes and soon they be wed
Gave her a charming sapphire ring
Lovely in her hands so they go-ahead

For: Miniature Writing Challenge #19

My Masks – Tale Weaver #41

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I was born as the eldest daughter in a family
I looked after my siblings and they were three
My Mum taught me how to market
How to feed the family within a budget
That’s probably how I get the love of shopping spree

As a student I was diligent and ambitious
With fellow students sometimes we’re boisterous
With dedication, I’ve got my degree
Moved to Europe, I want to be free
Got some Masters on Linguistics and Business

Chemistry in motion, met Him Indoors in a lab
Action and reaction, fell in love and reached our sky lab
Being a wife was fun, I thought
Even though sometimes we fought
It’s quite exciting, who says being married was such a drab?

After seven years, HRH the son was born, I’m Mum at last
I nurture him, looked after him and didn’t mind being typecast
Eighteen years later, he left the nest
To university to find his own quest
His first day of school, karate, piano lessons and time flew so fast

I love being a Business English trainer to some companies
To sales people, human resources and some became my buddies
As a freelancer I can say yes or no to a contract
I don’t have a boss and I can’t be sacked
I can still have my free time, hobbies and meet my friends with ease

I wear different masks for different roles
As a friend, enemy, depending on my goals
Life is wonderful, I’d say
So my day is never grey
Perhaps I’d think of other courses to enroll

For: Tale Weaver #41

Part In Peace: Is Day Before Us? by Sarah Flower Adams

Part in peace: is day before us?
Praise His Name for life and light;
Are the shadows lengthening o’er us?
Bless His care Who guards the night.

Part in peace: with deep thanksgiving,
Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Gracious service to the living,
Tranquil memory to the dead.

Part in peace: such are the praises
God our Maker loveth best;
Such the worship that upraises
Human hearts to heavenly rest.

For: Nurturing Thursday

Share Your World – 2015 Week #47

In your native language which letter or character describes you best? Why?
When I’m back in the Philippines, people have often referred to me as “mabilis” or “hagibis” (fast). I don’t know why, but perhaps I’ve lost this “take it easy” attitude when I left my country. I guess when I’m there, I want things to happen, and not just wait for things to happen. Most of the time, I’m just there for a couple of weeks, so basically I’ve already organised what I wanted to do, people to see and places to visit. Otherwise, I won’t be able to do what I wanted to do if I just rely on others.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Shopping till I drop, mostly clothes, shoes and bags. I can never have enough stuff, there’s always one or two that I find so irresistible to buy.
Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
Ideally, both. In reality, I wish I have more time to exercise my body, i.e. go to the gym or go for a walk. As for exercising the mind, I read a lot, play scrabble and write my blogs. The fiction challenges keep me on my toes and the photo challenges, too. I need to take lots of photos or get them from my archive.
List at least 5 things that makes you laugh.
Him Indoors and HRH the son make me laugh – their dry humour are to die for! Watching some TV shows like Big Bang Theory and Have I Got News for You are good, too. And sometimes, when people tell jokes or the situations are funny – they make me laugh, as well.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We had the first snowflakes for the season yesterday. Winter is here!
Looking forward to a normal week coming up, no stress, meeting friends, being with Him Indoors.
Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Share Your World

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Carpe Diem #854 happiness

timeless beauty –
the glint of polished pebbles
in the crystal brook

© Chèvrefeuille

happiness shared
as we walk through the steppes
and the Altai Mountains
unconditional love
as we walk our path together

© Chèvrefeuille

on the wings of birds
the faint reflection of the sunset –
the sound of the wind

shadows on the wall
one single candle shines its light
towards the world

after the rainstorm
I sit down on the porch
smelling the fresh air

(c) Chèvrefeuille

personal-freedom

Lady Lee, that’s me
bounces and could do cartwheel
happy to be free

from the Philippines
mum to HRH the son
Him Indoors my love

sun, sea and sand
more fun in the Philippines
with my family

love is happiness
you and me against the world
always, forever

a nice cup of tea
ringing my Mom and my son
a long, Sunday bath

ice-cream in the park
cycling in the beer garden
swimming in the sea

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem #854

My Future? Everything’s Bright and Beautiful!

Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other – Daily Prompt
Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

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Yes, that’s my future
everything’s bright and beautiful
I’ve got Him Indoors and HRH the son
we live in a cosy place and a garden
my mother is still beautiful and still here
my siblings and their families are well
my friends come and go, keeping the best
we’re healthy, aside from normal aging
I’m still happy with my job
we’re retiring in 8 years’ time
HRH the son and his K are getting married
HRH the son will finish his Masters soon
we’re celebrating our 30 years anniv next year
everything’s bright and beautiful
Thanks – I couldn’t ask for more!

For: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Student’s Life – Tale Weaver #38: Tales Twice Told

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He walked – no, not walked, swaggered – over to me. Patrick thinks he’s the hottest guy at the university. I greeted him coolly. He gave me a bear hug. “You know what, I’ve just heard that Peter and Benjamin are being expelled from the Uni.”

“Oh my God, what happened?” I was really surprised.

“Some students filed some complaints, don’t really know the details. The police were called, some investigation took place and they were escorted out of the compound,” he explained.

“Oh, and to think that Peter’s my favourite tutor,” and off I went to my next class.

Meanwhile, at Mike’s office, Josie entered. “Come in, Josie. I just want to talk to you about your last essay.”

“Sorry, I’ve just made it,” Josie started explaining.

“It’s just some parts of it were taken directly from some websites. Were you not able to paraphrase them?” Mike asked. “I’ll give it back to you with a warning. It will be a fail next time.”

“Thanks, I promise it won’t happen again,” and Josie left Mike’s office.

Then, there are Gregory, Juan, Sarah and Florence who seem to be always in a pub every afternoon. God knows how they manage their work. Having said that, they are passing somehow. Sarah’s even the top in her class.

Marco’s the “Brad Pitt” of the campus and girls follow him around. They didn’t know that he’s also very shy and has some secrets at home. I wonder what?

The nerds or the ones who study hard and spend their times in the library. I’m sure they also want to have some dates or have some fun, they just don’t know how.

Or the beautiful Marjorie, who’s fighting her anorexia and thinks herself as fat and ugly. I wish to be her friend, if she lets me.

And me – a sophomore, who’s getting used to the politics of the campus and experiencing life away from home.

For: Tale Weaver 38