Don't forget your ham and black-eyed peas.
Prompts for December provided by Elephant's Child
This Week's Prompts are:
WAITING by Granny Annie
I put up the bird feeder and waited. It was filled to the brim and in my dreams I imagined the cardinals, sparrows and chickadees meeting as they selected their treats. Several days of waiting felt like a lifetime. I believed it was impossible that they would ever return.
Waiting for the birds to appear made me dig into the deep recesses of my brain. What had happened to the author of stories on Faith that I had once been? It is Christmas time, yet I could not feel the thread of joy that had once filled my childhood. What is the secret that caused this dismissal? What made my heart seem an empty thing. Was there a wicked spider crawling inside me that rejoiced in my doubt?
There was movement outside my kitchen window. I paused to see birds dancing and flitting around the feeder. They had come back! I opened the storage closet and began getting down the Christmas decorations as comfort and joy filled me and music filled the air.
HAPPY FUNNY MERRY CHRISTMAS TUESDAY - 12-21-2021
What is Santa's dogs name? Santa Paws!
What’s every elf’s favorite type of music? Wrap!
What happens if you eat Christmas decorations? You get tinsel-it is.
What do Santa's elves learn in school? The elf-abet.
What do you call an obnoxious reindeer? Rude-olph.
What do grapes sing at Christmas? 'Tis the season to be jelly.
Besides Christmas, what holidays do we celebrate in this wide world?
|Dia de los Muertos|
|Chinese New Year|
|St. Lucia's Day|
|Chung Yeung Festival|
|Day of Tradition|
|St. Francis of Assisi Day|
|St. Nicholas Day|
This week's prompts by Elephant's Child are a selection of phrases relating to love and/or relationships. You can use some of them, all of them or add your own;
Out of sight out of mind.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Love laughs at locksmiths.
Love is blind.
A face that only a mother could love.
THE BUS ON THE HILL by Granny Annie
Susie always stood by the road watching
for the school bus. Her parents insisted on driving her to school
but she waited for the bus each morning just to catch a glimpse of
Dwain. Of course it was only puppy love for these 6th
graders but Susie felt her heart flutter at the sight of him. He always waved to Susie as the bus passed.
The bus had to drive down a bumpy, steep hill road to get to Dwain's house. Susie would watch the bus lights disappear and the reappear as the driver bounced the noisy, loaded vehicle along.
Susie's father knew she had a crush on this boy and he often repeated phrases like “Love laughs at locksmiths” and “Love is blind”. He also told her that Dwain had a face that only a mother could love. Susie knew that was not true because Dwain had the face of movie stars like Elvis or Tarzan.
It was a terrible day when the bus turned down the hill and did not return. Susie panicked. What? Where did it go? Her father told Susie to stay at the house and he ran down the hill to see if the bus had crashed. It had not. The bus had simply disappeared. The community searched and searched but never found any answer for the missing bus and the children riding it.
Susie was now 75 years old and Dwain was never out of sight, out of mind. Their first kiss still burned on her lips. His absence had only made her heart grow stronger over the decades and Susie wished her parents had allowed her to ride that bus.
"Everybody is somebody else's weirdo." ~ anon
"If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees." ~ anon
"What is a committee? It is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary."~anon
"It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it."~ anon
"Your worst humiliation is someone else's momentary entertainment." ~ anon