In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First Light.”

I am not in the habit of having a notebook at the ready on my night stand every night.  There was a time that I tried that, but with little results.  But, if I were to think back today about what I first thought while rubbing my eyes and stretching to the sun peeking through my window, I would have to say that I was wondering what time it was.  There are some days that I do sleep to long and I am miserable for the rest of the day.  There isn’t time to get all that I want to do done.  Remember that I am retired and never turn on the alarm clock unless I have an appointment.  Luckily I awoke at 9:15 a.m.  There will be plenty of time to play with my birds, my favorite time of the day, do my laundry and pick up my meds from the pharmacy.  Of course, I will write and try to catch up on some of the challenges for the week that I really love doing.  I will be continuing on my Blogging 201 assignments. I think that my Twitter  account is looking pretty good so I will be working on my Tumblr site.  That is one that confuses me.  They are all necessary because that is where most of my non profits and health related sites are following me.  Hopefully the support team will be able to get my posts to import to my new site ‘Strawberries Forever.’

That is enough.  There is so much more, but that will come later.  Now you see why the first thing I thought about this morning was what the time was.  Now I’m off and running.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Transporter.”

Sometimes it is difficult to think of how to answer our daily prompts.  But, this one came to my mind instantly like a flash.  It stimulated my mind, sense of smell, and soft, tender spot in my heart.  As a little girl, amidst the craziness that was my life, there was one thing that brought me comfort and pure joy.  My grandfather would pick me up to set me on his lap while he was working at his desk.  There were so many things atop his workspace that looked exciting to me.  I suppose he was probably writing out bills, or some such thing.  To me he was making life or death decisions, and finding ways to keep our world safe.  His personal effects were not strewn about as you might see mine in today’s world.  No.  It was orderly with papers lined up in a row, envelopes in their place, and his fine pens placed neatly in the glass-topped pen box.  But the most memorable to me was a shiny gold ash tray that sat at the left front corner of his desk.  A cigar cutter with a snuffer right beside at the ready for the time that all the writing would be finished, papers and pens put away.   That was my favorite time.  Grandpa would take one of his cigars out of a wonderfully painted cigar box, use the cutters to snip the end clean off and put it to his mouth.  The matches were in the middle drawer to be used only for these special times.  I would watch the flame hit the newly cut cigar and it would begin to glow,  There would be some little ‘puff’ sounds, and then there it was.  The smoke would rise up in a cloudy stream and then as I would breathe in through my nose, that heavenly smell would float through my nostrils and penetrate my being.  It was the smell of safety, of someone who loved me, my relief from turmoil.  As he would begin talking to me, I never really listened much, I could melt on his chest and feel loved and secure.

That smell still brings me back to those precious moment with my grandfather.  Hmmmm.  I can smell it now!


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Proud.”

I try to say it as much as possible when it is deserved.  My children are grown, but they still want to hear that their mother is proud of them.  Just yesterday I had an opportunity to do that.  My daughter, Crystal, called me after taking her test for teaching after finishing all of her book studies and told me that she passed!  Of course, anyone would be proud of their child for that accomplishment.  But for this sweet  girl it is an amazing feat.  She has learning disabilities for which she was in special classes for from first to sixth grades.  Her special education teacher was Mrs. Hubble and she was crystal’s personal angel.  There probably isn’t a day that goes by without her thinking about that sweet, wonderful teacher.

The story really begins when my husband decided to go to school for welding.  He had severe learning disabilities and believed that would never be in the cards for him.  We had worked really hard together in the beginning of our marriage to help him.  First, I helped him learn how to read (how do people graduate without knowing how to read?)  We would sit on the couch and read the King James version of the bible.  What was I thinking?  But the Lord blessed us and he did it.  I happened to be a school junky.  So he thought he would try it,  thinking that he could make more money.  My children watched him begin with welding classes to english, math, history  and english as a second language so he could get all the basics.  Then he went into business classes, and later it was international business.  He was kindly awarded his degree posthumously.

I am sure that Crystal never thought that she could go to college and maintain good enough grades to deserve a degree.  But, she told me a story not too long ago about why she did go back to school.  Yes.  Of course, her father did inspire her, but there was another reason.  She had read on the internet about a girl around her age that had a similar story and how she had overcome so much and was doing great in college.  She had even been on the Dean’s list and now she was reaching for the president’s list.  Crystal had never heard of the president’s list before, but after that uplifting and inspiring article she was ready to give it a try.

Now, I am so extremely proud of my lovely daughter, Crystal, who not only has been on the president’s list for the past three semesters, but will graduate Summa Cum Laude.