Tag Archive | DP

Community: What is your defining moment?

Community: What is your defining moment?


We all have lives that consume us every day. We all have important things that we deal with every day.

Personally, I am consumed with my children and trying to ensure the best possible future I can for them. Struggles with education, behavior and day-to-day trials tend to be the focus of my life.  I am an avid volunteer within the school system and extracurricular activities. I am a busy, involved, normal mother. I would dare to guess that most parents function similarly to my self. We spend our lives doing the most important job we could ever have: being a parent.


Amongst the clatter of life we deal with the function of life; Ensuring the basic necessities and as much extra as we can afford. Some of us parents work outside the home to give the functional aspect and some of us are lucky enough to stay home. The reality is that we all want the same thing: We want our children to have a successful future. Our definitions may vary on what that entails but a future is at the heart of all parental wants for their children.


Is the future an individualized thing? My immediate response would be of course it is. We make our own future and our success is dependent on the wiliness to work hard for it. This is a work ethic I was taught and something I hope to give to my children but lately I have been thinking that this is not entirely true.


We as individuals need a collective awareness that the future is dependent on us as a group as well. The big picture of government, society and the blah that is a reality today is not something I like to involve myself in very often.

The ‘normal’ American family (I use normal loosely because everyone is unique) works hard, plays hard and focuses primarily on the life that directly affects them. Yes, they vote and may discuss politics passionately with close friends and some even write their congressman when they feel strongly about a subject. We consider ourselves involved because we participate in the assigned functions of societal governments.


Are we really involved? Sometimes I want to be. I see the dysfunctional world that my kids will inherit and think something should change. I see that the American dream has been replaced by a fiscal nightmare. I see ‘normal’ hard working people struggle for food and some even lose their house.  The reality is there and I want to participate but it almost resembles bystander syndrome.


WE all see it and assume someone else will do something. It has to be someone’s job to fix it right? No? What!?

Then lets go a step further and pretend I was motivated to do something. What would a simple mother from Kentucky do? Nothing, I could do would make a difference. The reality is no ONE person can do anything. It needs a group. A united group, which is seeking true change.We can’t stop bickering about politics long enough to unite on anything so nothing will change. That sounds like a complaint but I can’t even truly pinpoint what I want changed specifically, or how I would want it done much less commit to any particular political cause.

I know that I look around at my small world and love everything about it but when my eye wonders to the bigger picture it strikes fear in my heart for the future.

I would much rather stay in my bubble where I focus on my life and my children’s life and not bother with the corrupt world beyond but unfortunately if I want a future bright and just for my children, I cannot stay silent or complacent anymore.


I would say that we as a group here in the United States of America need a defining moment. What will that moment be?

This post is in response to today’s daily prompt:

Community Service

Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us COMMUNITY.


 Here are some other great responses:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Community Service – Bedworth | Geek Ergo Sum
  2. Travelling the beautiful city of Haridwar : From dawn to dusk | Processing the life
  3. Daily Prompt: Community Service | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Do you wanna join my Community? | મન ની વાત
  5. Daily Prompt: Community Service | iChristian
  6. Pick one and go with it… | thoughtsofrkh
  7. community | yi-ching lin photography
  8. Community | Motherhood and Beyond
  9. Fungus High-Rise (Community: Daily Prompt) | photo potpourri
  10. In a Forest Bungalow | crookedeyebrows
  11. You don’t look the type… | alienorajt
  12. Hood Chick [Daily Prompt: Community Service] | unknowinglee
  13. Making A Grand Exit ~> ROAR | Spirit Lights The Way
  14. PRACTICE KINDNESS | Emotional Fitness
  15. And I Have Hope | The Jittery Goat
  16. Community Awareness: Share the road and enjoy the ride | aaroneharris
  17. Daily Prompt: The Goodbye I Never Said | Awl and Scribe
  18. 200. Community Service Announcement | Barely Right of Center
  19. The Rider
  20. Confessions from the Cracked Pot (Part 2) | JC Bride ~
  21. Daily Prompt: Community Service | Purple Rosemary
  22. Community #photography #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  23. community | hitting a brick wall
  24. The Community Of Bloggers | Flowers and Breezes
  25. Lets build a community! | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  26. Mr. Fusion and the Excruciatingly Slow Decline of the Western Pattern Diet | Rob’s Surf Report
  27. Daily Prompt: Community Service | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Daily Prompt: Community Service | My Atheist Blog
  29. And you thought you knew me… | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl

Honor: Individuality and Chocolate Caramels because they are both the prize of the box!

“Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you are going to get.”



Except, you know they will all be chocolate coated. So, you know a little bit; don’t you?  (With life too.) You know there will be good times and bad times; you just hope that the good will out weigh the bad. Just like the box of chocolates, most of us hope to avoid the coconut ones, while secretly hoping for the Carmel.


I have been thinking about the weight of things lately. My son weighs consequences versus the short-term worth, that the action will mean to him. My daughter seems to place more weight on things than she needs too: with a daily dose of anxiety! I tend to weight different things than my husband as priorities. In general, the importance of things is such a personal preference yet we treat it like it should be a societal norm. We tend to think of things as common sense or something everyone feels the same about.


The reality is no one feels exactly the same about anything. We all say it is common sense to value education but we all do so for different reasons and in different ways. I value education and feel it is one of the most important things a person can get for themselves, yet, I dislike the lack of individuality in the public school system. The molding of our young children to fit in or be outcast, concerns me.


I wish I could say it always concerned me but that simply is not true. My daughter fit in. She was never the outcast according to the school system. She thought, behaved and functioned within the mold without struggle. I never questioned the mold or its stifling side effect because I never had a reason to.


Then my son came along. He is not the norm. He doesn’t function within the confines of the masses. He beats his own drum and likes it. He is smart, creative, and loving while maintaining his wild side. I love it. Unfortunately, it results in a horrible time at school. He is disruptive when he fidgets and plays at his desk, I get it. I am still sad to try to force him to conform.


Over time, I have realized that my daughter really isn’t the conformist I thought she was either. She is just shy and really introverted. She has her own drum too, but she keeps the dancing inside most of the time. I love her drum too. She shines bright and beckons others to see the brighter side of things. It is awesome. 


I think there are no conformist but rather people who practice discernment with their drums and people who don’t. 



So basically, I would like to honor the individuality that we all share either introspectively or outwardly. We all have unique thoughts, feels and ideas and not one of us are exactly the same. I celebrate this idea and embrace it. I hope we as a society learn to educate the masses with individuality at the core instead of mass produced standards.



This post is in response to today’s daily prompt:

Daily Prompt: Honorific

October 16th is officially declared “Person X Day” — and you get to pick Person X. Tell us about someone who deserves to be commemorated.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HONOR.

Here are some other great posts:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Daily Prompt: Honorific | NU VORBI, SCRIE!
  2. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Shine Bright
  4. Honorific | JC Bride ~
  5. Daily Prompt: Honorific | મન ની વાત
  6. Michelle W. Is A Genius. | The Jittery Goat
  7. WordPress Family Award | I’m just Super Saiyan
  8. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Being a Huntress
  9. Honorific – David Attenborough Day | Geek Ergo Sum
  10. in honour of my late nana | wannabepoet
  11. I love my grandfather. | luvsiesous
  12. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Awl and Scribe
  13. Off Target on Poppy Selling | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  14. Everyone deserves to be honored | Motherhood and Beyond
  15. Persons X | Hope* the happy hugger
  16. 199. A Day for Her | Barely Right of Center
  17. In Honour | Dear Yolandi
  18. Person X Day | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  19. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  20. Today We Celebrate Person Xmas Day! | Rob’s Surf Report
  21. The kids are alright | The verbal hedge
  22. Pawesome Mama! | Haiku By Ku
  23. The Unknown Blogger | Blognovic’s Weblog
  24. “Honorific” | Relax
  25. The Beautiful Face Of Breast Cancer | scribbleglitch
  26. Honorific | ashwitaashok
  27. Memories of the Sweet-Seller | Processing the life
  28. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Completely Disappear
  29. Daily Prompt: Honorific | Ruminations from an Introvert
  30. Nisargidatta Maharaj | Spirit Lights The Way
  31. My First Boyfriend | alienorajt
  32. honorific | hitting a brick wall
  33. Daily Prompt: Honorific | My Atheist Blog
  34. I present to you | The Land Slide Photography
  35. Honorific | Lost in Adeline’s
  36. ALL ARE HEROES | Emotional Fitness
  37. Words, Meaning and Alchemy…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  38. Daily Prompt: Shiro | Saindo da SêMente
  39. Honorific | The Nameless One



Mama bear makes an ass out of me sometimes…


As parents we would do anything for our kids. We make ourselves look silly just to get a sliver of a smile when they are sad, we spend an exuberant amount of time thinking about how to make their lives better and subject ourselves to a large quantity of poor entertainment to satisfy them. We watch performances some would pay NOT to attend and place ourselves doing the gross and disgusting things that we never thought could be normal. And amongst all this, our lives are consumed. We become focused on family and forget the life we had before they came along. We sacrifice everything and yet we would die before we let anyone change it. Parenting is the best most complicated aspect of our lives.


I am pondering this today because I found myself in an out of character position. I lost my temper on my son’s principal. The mama bear came flying out and I was rude, accusatory and downright incorrigable. I wanted unrealistic answers immediately! I have been trying to figure out why my son hates kindergarten for 9 weeks and my patience ran out.

The reality is, it wasn’t her fault. Or anyone’s fault, I was frustrated that my son is losing himself in school. He is not fitting the norm or integrating into their system. And now, I am wondering if I want him too. My boy is strong willed, he is opinionated and only motivated when he chooses to be motivated. I struggle with this at home and now at school he is exercising his right to choose. He is so very smart. When he wants, he will blow through the schoolwork without blinking and Kentucky has a very rigorous kindergarten curriculum.

Most of the time my son chooses to take the consequence of losing video games and not do his work. He weighs the consequence and is fine with his choice.

How do you combat that amount of analytical behavior from a five-year old? And do you truly want to break that habit? It is really rather intelligent.

I struggle though because I fear for his future. He must learn to function within our society. He must learn the value of work and he needs to value education. He doesn’t get in trouble for meanness or bad behavior, it is truly his defiant lack of motivation that is torturing my household. (When one of the kids is in trouble it is a sucky day for everyone.)

I wonder what I can do to change his attitude toward school. He hates going and it is a fight to bring him there every day. I struggle with the idea of homeschool but I am not sure that would solve anything, long term.

It is the reality that our lives are deeply affected by the public school system, Sometimes it is a positive influence and others it seems to be a stripping of individuality. Where is the balance and what am I supposed to do?

I regret my temper and my rash words but I am still frustrated and without help. I need a solution and I am at a loss of where to find it.


This topic fits with today’s daily prompt although it is not my biggest regret it is what I regret today and it was very childlike:

Daily Prompt: Childlike

by michelle w. on October 15, 2013

Explain your biggest regret — as though to a small child.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHILDLIKE.

Check out some other great responses here:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Following Lenin Precepts | Inside my glitching mind
  2. Snail in the park | Inside my glitching mind
  3. “Do you want to play?”, ask the mongrel of the husky | We Live In A Flat
  4. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Under the Monkey Tree
  5. Childlike | Rebecca Barray
  6. Childlike | Geek Ergo Sum
  7. Confessions from the Cracked Pot | JC Bride ~
  8. Live Life, my child! Daily Prompt | The Rider
  9. Childlike | Motherhood and Beyond
  10. Daily Prompt: Childlike | મન ની વાત
  11. Face Your Fears | A Note To Life
  12. Prompt | hitting a brick wall
  13. Like a baby | The Magic Black Book
  14. Fairy Story | alienorajt
  15. Little Lucy, Grandpa, And The Eagle | The Jittery Goat
  16. Un Sognu Pe Campa/Un Reve Pour Vivre | Lost in Translation
  17. Puppies: Young and in love | aaroneharris
  18. A Poem: No Regrets | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  19. On Regrets, Dear Child | Dear Yolandi
  20. Daily Prompt: Childlike – Those Days Are Different | Eikons
  21. The Sunshine King | A Sign Of Life
  22. What is that? A child and his Binkie | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  23. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Awl and Scribe
  24. No Regrets | Life Confusions
  25. Lost Chances | Beyondthepuddle
  26. Merry Go Round | Processing the life
  27. GROUP PROJECT THEORY | I’m just Super Saiyan
  28. Daily Prompt: Childlike | My Atheist Blog
  29. Regrets | The Human Rights Warrior
  30. Regrets On the Other Side of the Coin | Rob’s Surf Report
  31. Just a Pup… | Haiku By Ku
  32. Childlike | Sue’s Trifles
  33. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Exploring Utah with MS and Apples
  34. Daily Post: Childlike – China’s One-Child Rule | Travels and Trifles
  35. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. Killdeer (Childlike) | photo potpourri
  37. Daily Prompt: Childlike | MissEmilyB23
  38. Journalist or biologist | Life is great
  39. Enjoying Ice-Cream Like A Child | NU VORBI, SCRIE!
  40. Enjoying Ice-Cream | NU VORBI, SCRIE!
  41. some times i went out | just another outlet
  42. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Steve Says….
  43. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Ruminations & Observations
  44. More Time | ExLibrisMachina
  45. Invaluable Lessons (du jour) | Holoholo Girls
  46. DANCE WITH THE KIDS | Parents Are People Too
  47. Daily Prompt: Childlike « The Blogging Path
  48. Spare me a few minutes, if you will… | thoughtsofrkh
  49. Great Big World – Daily Prompt | Reinvention of Mama
  50. Daily Prompt: Regrets | One Starving Activist
  51. Give It Your All | Flowers and Breezes
  52. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Winging it
  53. My son, I’m sorry — Mommy did a bad thing not too long ago | My Weary Heart
  54. Duncan the Sushi Roll #19 | Neva Samaki
  55. Better Late Than Too Late | True Stories
  56. Daily Prompt: Childlike | Be Fearless | peeksi.com
  57. Daily Prompt: Childlike | A Mythical Life
  58. Childlike| A Mother’s Plea | Words from the heart
  59. Daily Prompt: Regrets | Someday I Will Learn

The CB Conspiracy


If I was to cast a movie I would call it the CB conspiracy. It would be about the secret goal of all children to prevent more procreation in the household.  I wrote this blog a long time ago but it fits with today’s daily prompt so I thought I would reblog it here for today’s daily prompt:


The CB Conspiracy:

The day my daughter asked what CB meant was a creative and inspirational day for me. See my husband has nicknamed my children and dogs CB1 through 4. When my daughter turned ten she finally asked what it meant.


Of course, I can’t tell her the original meaning: Cock Block!  I will tell you how they achieved this nickname. It is a tough conspiracy to swallow but the truth is there and you will soon see how the multifaceted nickname is fitting for all the rug rats.


The conspiracy: My husband believes that children are born with instincts that detect intimacy. As soon as he or I begin to touch each other they must intervene. He claims it is in their DNA. At first I didn’t believe him but as my kids grew older I see he might have a point.  My son will hone in on the simplest acts of intimacy. My husband might come close to kiss me in the kitchen while the children are playing elsewhere in the house and BAM he is beside us asking to be part of the “group hug” I am like it wasn’t a group until you showed up but who can say no to that cute face asking to hug so the intimacy is gone and we are hugging as parents instead of lovers again.

My daughter has the same instincts but hers are more devious. She will go on about her day and wait until late at night after everyone is asleep. We will cuddle close and begin to snuggle in an intimate manner and BAM she is at our door asking for water or saying she is cold but the worst is that she had a nightmare and needs to snuggle. We welcome her in and by the time she is ready to return to her bed all intimacy is gone and sleep take priority.


The dogs are just as bad. The little one jumps on the bed and feels the instinctual need to be lie between my husband and I at all times. We can push her down repeatedly and eventually we give up and sleep. During the few time s my husband and I achieve intimacy we have to throw her out of the room, which results in her whining at our bedroom door alerting the other CB’s that she has failed in task to stop intimacy. The big dog is told old to jump on the bed and he gave up on stopping us long before the other CB’s came into existence but his instinct survives in his ability to wake the others and alert them to the situation. The big dog is sickened by the impending intimacy and seeks out the girl to assist him. See her bed is lower to the ground so he climbs up there and wakes her up so that she will stop all intimacy.


The motivation for this process escaped me for a long time and I doubted my husbands conclusions until it struck him as to why, “every animal has instinctual self preservation and they know that intimacy leads to more rug rats so therefore it must be stopped to preserve their place in the pack.” Yes my husband often compares our family unit to that of wild animals and I hate to admit it but he usually has a valid point. Don’t tell him that though I wouldn’t want to give him false hope of becoming the pack leader…lol

The day my daughter wanted an explanation. I avoided answering it till after dinner and homework and bought my self time to brainstorm ideas that would be feasible and believable without grossing her out. So, I came up with a list of very fitting definitions all of which apply to all of the CB’s in my household. The funny thing is that my list is an unbelievable accurate explanation of all the instinctual actions of my rug rats. The list is as follows:

Clean Bat: A clean bat is an animal that uses all sense other than sight to seek and destroy all clean areas within the home. The bats get waves alerting them that a portion of the house has been cleaned and then their instincts draw them to the area and compel them to undo the cleanliness.  Both children and dogs suffer from clean bat syndrome and unfortunately there is no cure.


Citizen Ban (Radio): This was my husband’s suggestion because it is an acronym used by more people than us. This one was hard for me to define in relative terms but after some thought I succeeded: My children and most of my friend’s children instinctually broadcast all information that their parents don’t really want known. If a child accidentally discovers that her mother has decided to take a pole dancing class for exercise and excitement that child will turn into a virtual CB and announce it proudly at school with improper context.

For example: Teacher, “ Good morning class did you all have a good weekend?” Child, “ Oh yes!! My mommy learned how to twirl on a pole but she got her leg stuck and said she would not make a buck if she didn’t get it right!”

What really happened is the child over heard a conversation between her mother and her best friend who decided to take a pole dancing class for exercise and to spice up intimacy and the conversation consisted of sarcasm and laughter at themselves and it went like this: Friend, “What did you think of tonight’s class?” Mommy, “ Oh it was just grand I could twirl around the pole but when they said put you leg around it I lost all balance and landed on my tushy it was video worthy.” Friend laughing, “ well sh%$ you know its very important you succeed at twirling on a pole!” Mommy, “oh yeah if I don’t, I will never make a buck and people chunking change at me would hurt.” Mommy and friend laugh and continue talking but the child only heard that one part and was concerned about her mother making a buck.


Children aren’t the only CB that fit in this category dogs do as well I will give another example for you skeptics out there:

You get a phone call from you bestie and notice that the children are happily playing without you so you quietly sneak outside to have the conversation you want to have, keeping in mind the previous scenario where your kids announce everything to everyone. You reach the back door and the four legged fur monsters alert everyone to your plan not allowing you to escape for that one phone call. Its instincts and a full-blown conspiracy!

Now all you mothers out there understand what I am saying and I would love to hear different explanations for the acronym CB.

Here are some other great responses:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Watering pots. Processed with Android Lomo Camera app | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. The Nest | Agrifun.com
  3. Street lamp hiding in the trees | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. The Queen | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Soviet Pupil | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Small Backyard Fence | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. I’d like to thank Y’all! | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  9. Shattered dreams | contrailsonmyheart
  10. Ready for Your Close-up | Geek Ergo Sum

Best in Show: A Mommy Award

Best In Show: A Mommy Award


The best in show award goes out to all the moms out there who consistently sacrifice and conceal their wants and needs for the greater good of the family.


This award acknowledges and confirms that parenting is a hard job that is not for the faint of heart.  A mommy sometimes sacrifices hygiene, eating habits and general basic needs to ensure the rest of the family is presentable. The result is clean and pressed kids, a nicely dressed husband and a frazzled mess of a mother.


I will accept this award for the following scenarios:

  1. Why my hair is usually a mess:      Girl child, “Mom, I can’t find that white top with the sparkles on it. Can you?”  Mom, “We picked out your clothes last night, why are you wanting to change it.” Girl child, “ I don’t want to wear that anymore! I want the sparkle top!! I didn’t like the way I looked in the other outfit” Mom, “Fine, I will look for it (mother stops trying to wrangle her hair and ties it into her usual messy bun and goes finds top).


2. Why I never get to eat an actual breakfast: I cook breakfast before school. We all have eggs, toast and bacon on our plate. We start to sit down. Boy child,” Yummy mommy, I ate my entire bacon can I have yours? Mom, “ Yes dear. Girl child, “Mom I forgot I need you to sign a field trip form in my folder.” Mom gets up from the table gets form and signs it. Then sits back down. Girl child, “ Oh, I am out of lunch credit at school too.” Mom gets up and writes a check and places it inside the folder. Mom returns to the table to the boy finishing her eggs. Mom, “Um, were you hungry baby?” Boy child, ”Yes and the eggs were yummy. I thought you didn’t want yours because you were not at the table.”

3. Why my outfit has a weird/gross spot on it: I managed clean clothes this morning, I was so excited. I made through breakfast without spilling anything (mostly because I didn’t actually get to eat) we walk to the car to load up for school and my sweet awesome boy comes over and gives me an awesome wonderful hug! It turns out it wasn’t an actual hug it was I need a napkin and Mom is close so I will hug/smear my grossness all over her…

4. Why I don’t get to shower everyday: Ok you would think I could, I used too, but there never seems to be any time. Moms run around and solve everyone’s problems all day long. We ensure clean clothes; a clean house and that there are three meals a day for all. Then when we decide it is finally time to clean ourselves. We announce to the kids we are going to bath. They immediately give requests before you go after all are done you head to the bathroom. You close the door and hear tiny footsteps headed to the door. It’s the boy, “Can I sit in here and keep you company?” Mom, “No, I would like to shower alone please.” Boy, “Won’t you get lonely? I can make sure you won’t get lonely!” mom, no, I wont get lonely. Thank you. I am shutting the door and taking a shower now.” Boy, “Please don’t lock the door, I won’t feel safe if you can’t hear me.” Mom, “Fine, I will leave the door cracked but you need to return to the living room.” The boy returns to the living room and you begin to undress and turn on the water. Girl, “MOM!!! MOM!! The boy is bothering me!” Mom, “I am getting in the shower, you will have to wait. “ Loud yells, banging and laughing ensue. Mom hears the footsteps running to the bathroom, as she is about to actually get in the shower and BAM! The door flings open and the fight is in front of you. Towel wrapped around Mom she separates and mediates the fight. The water is turned off and she is walking through the house in a towel for thirty minutes. Husband comes home and sees mom in a towel, the kids a mess and just points and laughs.


I accept this award for best in show on a stage made from a large pile dirty laundry. I stand proud with my messy hair and gross smeared clothing. My tummy growls as I beam with pride! In my speech I announce that although, I might be a hot mess my family is happy and loved. I wouldn’t trade a minute of motherhood for the days when I could spend an hour just on my hair! In the end, I would like to thank my kids for giving me the best life a mother could ask for!


This post was written in response to today’s daily prompt:

Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats by michelle w. on August 27, 2013


You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?


Here are some other great responses:


Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Another sunny day | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Logs | Agrifun.com
  3. Bosch? Tefal? Rowenta? Braun? | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Rural Russia. Windy | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Rural Toilet | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. It’s good to stay at home | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Abacus. Testing Nokia Asha 210 Camera | Bright Moments Catcher
  8. Follow your way | Agrifun.com
  9. Wash me! | Bright Moments Catcher
  10. Field flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  11. Realisation Dream (Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats) | Amelie Lockhart
  12. Daily Prompt: | Under the Monkey Tree
  13. Speechless [Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats] | unknowinglee
  14. Headless Horseman’s Victory | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  15. Daily Prompt-Writing Will Help Me Win | readingwithafeather
  16. I’m so honored | Right Down My Alley
  17. I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Geek Ergo Sum
  18. Cygnets (Daily Prompt: Victory) | photo potpourri
  19. DP Challenge: Victory; the Water Villages of Ha Long Bay, VN | Travels and Trifles
  20. Daily Prompt:I’d like to Thank My Cats | Motherhood and Beyond
  21. I’d like to thank… | thoughtsofrkh
  22. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank the Fans | One Starving Activist
  23. Boomer! | Andante Cantabile
  24. 153. The Scotsman Wins | kevindeisher
  25. The art of accepting blogging awards | The Novice Gardener
  26. Youth Triathlon | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  27. A Small Victory | The Ambitious Drifter
  28. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats (and Dogs) | littlegirlstory
  29. Such A Pretty Trophy | Maggie’s Stories
  30. Daily Prompt: Acceptance Speech – Belladonna on the stand | alienorajt
  31. My Award | The Nest
  32. Professor Dudley Worthington’s Lifetime Achievement Award (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  33. I’d Like to Thank My Cats: How Not To Accept An Award… | suzie81’s Blog
  34. I’d Like to Thank my Cats | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Don’t be hatin’ | mostlytrueramblings
  36. For me? How kind! | Life & Times
  37. Motherhood Award | A mom’s blog
  38. Burke Revisited | clarior e tenebris
  39. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Venti Means 20
  40. I Deserve That Trophy | Shilpa Sharma Online
  41. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats.| Beauty is on the inside Award! | Isabel MissV
  42. The reward would be an award in itself. | Hope* the happy hugger
  43. Thank you Mr Bear… | notsinglebutnothappy
  44. A Standing Ovation… and Silence. | An Upturned Soul
  45. Daily Prompt: …and the winner is ME | mommy&everything
  46. Daily Prompt: I’d like to thank my coffee maker. | M. L. Trefry
  47. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  48. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Dogs, Husband, Friends, and All Benign Deities | SERENDIPITY
  49. Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Sued51’s Blog
  50. Daily Prompt: I’d like to thank my cats | Exploring Utah with MS and Apples
  51. Victory: A Dedication to All The Survivors | Mind My Mind But…
  52. Victory | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  53. “I’d Like to Thank My Cats” | Relax
  54. I’d like to thank Y’all! | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  55. First of all I would like to thank….. | djgarcia94
  56. Victory, from my eyes. | A Girl with a Piano

What is funny? Am I funny?

What is funny to me, might not be funny to others. I find myself hilarious! If I didn’t, I would be a total basket case. Although the idea that I am not a basket case is up for debate. The funniest person in my life is my friend Marcus. He is always making me laugh. He helps me laugh at myself too.


The funniest blog I think I have ever written was also my first. I have reblogged it here for those who missed it. 🙂
We Don’t eat the kitty!
So there are many things I say, that before children came into my life, I never thought would come out of my mouth. This is very normal and something I read about often, but my kids seem to have shocked me far more than what I read about. It all started with my daughter as a toddler: I have two dogs and four outside cats, but when my daughter was three, we only had one dog and one cat. My daughter always wanted the cat to come inside and I responded kindly that if he would take a bath without scratching me he could live inside like the dog.  Never in a thousand years would I have thought about what she decided to do. She was and still is a problem solver and never just takes no for an answer. One day when she was three she was particularly cheerful and very self-entertained with her dress up and style toys, then she went quiet and we all know that a quiet three year old is scary.
I started searching for her in every room. I didn’t find her and my panic grew! Then, I hear it;  the bathroom toilet lid closes hard and loud. I started running to see what is going on and I see her hand on the flusher smiling. I bent down and put her hands in mine and say, “ what is in the potty sweetie?” She smiles and says, “it’s a surprise mommy!” Oh no! My panic turns to terror wondering what in gods name is in the potty? And how could it be a surprise for me! Then I heard it; The faint meow from inside the potty!
I was shocked staring at my beautiful sweet girl and knowing what was inside the potty that she was about to flush!
I looked straight into her beautiful brown eyes and said, “Is there a kitty in the potty Sweetie?” She looked genuinely disappointed that I ruined her surprise. And said pouting, “Yes mommy but I am not ready to show you!” What are your plans I thought, why on earth would you flush the kitty and think I would like it! I have raised a beautiful girl who has a very warped sense of what is right. I am in full blown mommy meltdown as I carefully lift the lid of the potty to reveal a very wet and angry kitty. The cat jumps out clawing and scratching for his life and runs straight out the door meowing and hissing all the way. I look at the potty and my very sad baby not sure of what to do next, then I see it, a bar of soap in the potty. I am like, ok the cat was weird but now a bar of soap too.
What on earth is going on here? So I hesitantly bend down to ask my daughter what she was really doing. And as innocently as she looks she responded, “You said the kitty was dirty so I was giving him a bath but I wasn’t done. “  I immediately felt over come with mommy guilt knowing that my words set this in motion and she truly was trying to please me. Long story short, we had many talks about why kitties do not need to take a bath in the potty and I started allowing the cat inside. I never thought anything could top the day my daughter almost drowned the kitty, but then I had my son.
IMG_2276 2

When my son was four, and being the rambunctious boy he is, we decided that the old dog couldn’t handle him and it was time for a puppy that could play with the boy.  We had already accumulated more cats from a stray that had a litter but that is another story.  The puppy was awesome and a perfect fit for our boy and the girl liked her too. The old dog was happy to be left only finally and our family seemed complete, but the puppy had trouble with the cats. The puppy is named Butters because she is so clumsy. It seems like everyday since we got her I have the same conversation with Butters and it goes like this: we don’t eat the kitty! Butters always objects by widening her mouth and whining while putting the cat’s head in her mouth! Surprisingly the cat doesn’t seem to mind…. Don’t eat the kitty!!!!!


Well, my son witnesses this often and I really didn’t think it would have an adverse effect on him, but it seems I was wrong. One day I was cooking dinner and the boy was being especially quiet so I decided to seek him out and see why, ominous music started playing in my head as I searched for him. Then, I saw him with the Kitty inside on the couch with Butters sitting curiously beside him as if she was cheering him on. His mouth is open wider than I have ever seen it and he was trying to put the cat’s head in his mouth. The cat is sitting quietly letting this scenario happen as the boy tries desperately to put the cat’s head in his mouth. I say bewildered, “what on earth are you doing, why just why? He looks up smiling innocently, “ I just wanted to see why Butters does this everyday.” I was shocked and confused. I am like What!? So I say it to him in the same voice I say it to the dog as I pick up the cat to put him back outside, “We don’t eat the kitty”




Check out our video at https://jennifermarshcurtis.wordpress.com/?s=blurred+lines

This post was written in response to Today’s Daily Prompt:


Here are some other great responses:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. When my granny was young | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Be my guest! | Agrifun.com
  3. Bzebza is digging his garden. August 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Paper Camera App by JFDP Labs | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Picking Flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Boys, what are you looking at… | Bright Moments Catcher
  8. Rural Russia. Russian Village Street Photography | Bright Moments Catcher
  9. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | View From The Third eye
  10. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. I tried cooking my sister | Improving Slowly
  12. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha 26|8 | familyphotosfoodcraft.com
  13. Even CA could be funny at times-II | A few handpicked things in life
  14. Childhood Funny Words: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  15. Funny… who me? | The Rider
  16. chipmunk (Clever) | photo potpourri
  17. Is it not funny? | Eccentric Lady
  18. Maybe, sometimes, always. | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  19. Fun with the cops 😉 | A few handpicked things in life
  20. I Never Said I Was Funny, I Simply Agreed | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  21. Not Really Laughing | Tony’s Texts
  22. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | littlegirlstory
  23. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | DCMontreal
  24. Daily Prompt: Clever | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  25. Funny How? [Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha] | unknowinglee
  26. Not so funny ha ha as funny, what?! | thoughtsofrkh
  27. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | Purple Rosemary
  28. Only joking! | Sue’s Trifles
  29. A Fine Line Between Clever And Stupid. | The Ambitious Drifter
  30. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha « Mama Bear Musings
  31. Laughter is the best medicine | A mom’s blog
  32. The Difference Between Funny And Humor | The Jittery Goat
  33. Daily Prompt: Clever | The Lint In My Pocket
  34. On women being crazy | vicbriggs’s Blog
  35. Making Fun | Joan T. Warren
  36. She Thinks She’s Very Clever | Andante Cantabile
  37. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | Vagabond

Just like beauty, success is in the eye of the beholder.

Just like beauty, success is in the eye of the beholder.


We all blog for different reasons and strive for different goals. I blog because I love to write, and the idea of my writings being enjoyed by others, flatters me. I also feel a weird connection to the blogs I follow. Sometimes I think that this website hosts all the ‘crazy’ writer people that are just like me. I am very grateful of that.


Some bloggers want to make writing their career and place great importance on the amount of followers, likes and awards they receive. This is not a bad thing. Blogging can be a stepping-stone to realizing dreams of writing as a career. This is an idea I like to ponder in wishful thinking. I do not have the skill or the time to devote to my writings that would result in a career. Kudos to those who do!


If I had to define the success of my blog, I would say it is very successful. Why? Because, it successfully gets me to write and publish something everyday. If I ever want to do anything with writing, I must practice. I used to write ‘when the mood stuck’ or when I was overly happy or overly sad. Now, I am writing everyday and even managing a post on days when I am not in the mood. This is successful to me. I do not have a lot of followers or likes but every follower and every like is noticed by me. Every comment is read and sometimes reread. I cherish the feedback and it drives me to continue. I think my blog is successful because it has brought positive influence to my life.

What makes yours successful?


This post was written in response to today’s daily prompt check out some other great responses: Trackbacks & Pingbacks

1. Daily Prompt: The Effort behind successful blogging | tokʞaali’s blog/site/ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ

2. Daily Prompt: Effort | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends

These Boots are made for walking.


They have seen the desert sand, crossed the ocean blue

These boots have fought for freedom and for you.

No bitterness or complaint it was worth every step

Now these boots have the best wearer yet.

These walking boots stomp around outside

The owner beams with pride

As the boy pretends to be his DAD

These are the best times the owner has ever had

This post is written in response to today’s daily prompt:


Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking

by michelle w. on August 24, 2013

Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WALK.

Here are some other great responses:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. The Shoe Problem | Wiley’s Wisdom
  2. Have Kicks, Will Travel | Compass & Quill
  3. Rockin’ Chaco Tan. | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  4. Simple shoes make everything better | tornin2’s Blog
  5. Daily Prompt: Walk | acieartikulasi
  6. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for time-travelling | Roaring Hope
  7. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for kicking | thecommonmap
  8. Daily Prompt: Clever shoes and other tips for a 110 day European Adventure | freed from the matrix
  9. R.I.P. Asics | The Undercover Princess
  10. Does This Make Me High Maintenance? (And a Mountain Lion Story) | Adventures in the Underground
  11. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | Its In The Picture – 365
  12. Daily Prompt: Walk | Often Me
  13. Day 18. I Think Of You. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  14. Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking #2 | From Ground to Home
  15. Diary of a Mud Run | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  16. for walking, and flying, and running | breathtakingly conscious
  17. Those things on yoru feet | Legends of Lorata
  18. My precious boots! | Daily Prompt : These boots were made for walking | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
  19. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for walking | Cosmopolitan Troopers
  20. These Boots Were Made for Walking | Geek Ergo Sum

Mommy Guilt

Mommy Guilt: The ultimate punishment

All us mothers out here are familiar with the tummy twisting, gut wrenching nightmare associated with Mommy guilt. This is the horrid beast that haunts our dreams and sometimes motivates us to extremes. Mommy guilt comes from a varied of ways but the general definition (in my head) is the remorse felt when a decision or act from a mommy has a negative effect on their child. This can be a simple has forgetting to sign their homework folder even though they reminded you and they got in trouble for it or as harsh as watching the negative effects a divorce in the family has on your child’s emotions. There are more extreme cases and probably less extreme as well but the point is that mommy guilt is a real and sometimes tortuous feeling. Unfortunately, we mommies sometimes act out of guilt and start to compensate for what ever mistake we made. (I try not to do this but sometimes it happens.) This break in consistency can also have negative effects and restart the cycle of the mommy guilt. What do we do to stop the Mommy guilt cycle? I have a few ideas:

1. Realize that Mommy’s are human too and everyone makes mistakes. Forgive yourself!

2. You love your child and would never make a negative decision purposely to hurt them. Let it go and move on so your child can too.

3. Eat some chocolate you deserve it.

4. Realize that perfect and normal are not obtainable goals. Set your goals to realistic like, “ My goal is that my children feel unconditional love and feel secure within their boundaries”

5. A job of a mommy is 24/7 breaks are few and far between you have to make a point to allow some alone time and not feel guilty about it. It is ok to enjoy life without your children; it doesn’t mean you don’t love them.

6. Things happen, life has a tendency to throw curve balls that negatively effect everyone in the household, remember: Things that happen to you do not make up who you are, it is your response that defines your humanity.

7. Every mommy struggles and every person makes mistakes. It’s ok and remember children are resilient beings who will bounce back.

8. Children reflect the emotional state of their mothers. A sad mother will result in the children feeling down too. Cheer up buttercup! You are doing great!

Here are a few links for more info:

Infant Mommy guilt: http://www.babycenter.com/0_top-7-mommy-guilt-trips-8211-and-how-to-handle-them_3654967.bc

A list of other articles on mommy guilt: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/mommy-guilt


This Photo is from http://mommyhoodtohollywood.com/wp/?p=7177 Another great article about mommy guilt!

This post was written for today’s Daily Prompt: First


I have to remind myself of these things regularly. As a mother I feel the ultimate responsibility for the emotional, physical and educational well being of my children. When things go south, I have to consciously try not to beat myself down about it. From reading books, blogs and other websites I have found that I am not alone in this cycle. I made the list above a very long time ago and I whip it out regularly when I need a reminder. I complied the list from varied readings and web searches on how to cope with mommy guilt and I summed them up.  Being a parent is hard but the most rewarding job I will ever have. If I were to send one message to anyone out there it would be: we are our own worst critics and as mommy’s we need to forgive ourselves.

Here are some other great responses:

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

1. First | The Magic Black Book

2. Wrong way. Taken with HTC One V | Bright Moments Catcher

3. The Last Leaf | Bright Moments Catcher

4. Who is Bzebza? | Bright Moments Catcher

5. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher

6. Daily Prompt: Viral – Work in Progress | Let There be Peace on Earth

7. What is IT? | Upstairs Productions

8. Wild | Agrifun.com

9. The Gap | Agrifun.com

1. Posing | Agrifun.com

2. Awesome Pizza From Awesome People For Awesome Patrons | The Ergot

3. First ! | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends

4. Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach | We Live In A Flat

5. Viral | Geek Ergo Sum

Remembering Nana | A mom’s blog

My son’s opposite behavior: Is it normal for a kindergartener to hate school?

My son’s opposite behavior: Is it normal for a kindergartener to hate school?
boy in the moon
This image can be found at http://www.allposters.com
The full moon brings out heightened emotions and dramatic outbursts about being a Disney Villian. The gravitational pull does seem to correlate with the climax of pressure in my household. Coincidence or not, I really don’t know. I know that this moon cycle has got my household in a twist. My son has definitely not been acting himself lately.

I am struggling with my five-year-old boy. He started kindergarten on August 7th and the fist week of school he was so excited! He was looking forward to school and asked about it often before school started, “how many more days?” On the way to school (the first week) he would jump up and down in his seat saying, “Drive faster mommy! We are almost there!” I was very pleased with his excitement because I spent weeks building it with him. We talked about learning to read, write and playing with friends. I highlighted the playground and other aspects such as the independence of being a big boy at school and how he would make friends. I was sure he would have a great year.

Starting the second week of school his attitude changed. He was not excited about school and he didn’t want to go. He got in trouble for disturbing group and had to sit out of recess. One bad day, I thought. It will blow over and things will get better. I assured my son that everyone has a bad day every now and then and he needed to start over and move on to a better day. He was ready to give it his all the next day. More trouble instead, and the next day. He has more strikes than stickers on his homework folder now! He spent two years at school in Oklahoma in Pre-k 3 and pre-k 4 and during that time he only had one bad day that resulted in a frowny face on his folder.

He now spends his mornings begging me not to take him to school; he tells me his teachers think he is a bad boy. I don’t want to undermine the authority the teacher has over my son but I don’t want him to think he is a bad boy either. I try to support the classroom at home, telling my kids how important it is to listen and obey the teachers, finish work and all that jazz. I always make my children redo assignments that aren’t up to par whether they get credit for it or not and I give consequences or rewards at home for behavior that happens at school.

I am at a loss now though. How can a kindergartener hate school? I have never heard of such a thing. My daughter who is now a fifth grader loves school. My five-year tried to fake sick this morning too, so he could stay home knowing that if you are sick from school you spend the day in bed without video games.

I made an appointment to speak to the teacher and school counselor together for this afternoon because my notes and phones call to his teacher do not seem to be helping any of us. I have hope that this will work out.

Maybe it is just the moon, or maybe there is something more. I will ask for input: Is it normal for a five-year-old boy to hate school?

I started writing this post in response to today’s daily prompt but then it went off into what is really on my mind. I guess it will do.

Daily Prompt: The Full Moon
by michelle w. on August 20, 2013
When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who’s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.

Here are some other great (and on task) responses:
1. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon 20|8 | familyphotosfoodcraft.com
2. Sabrina Pollard
3. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon – Nighttime | Steve Boer Photography
4. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Artsy Susie
5. The Switcheroo | Compass & Quill
6. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | BulgingButtons
7. Darkness Walks With Your Face | loveletterstoaghost
8. Full Moon Far and Near | SimplySage
9. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | AnnaMaenator
10. Night Time | Aurora Morealist
11. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon >>> My Inner Mermaid | From Ground to Home
12. Venezia | Le blog d’une de nous
13. The alternative life | 2 times pink
14. Goddess Excellently Bright ~ The Moon | In Da Campo
15. Full Moon Murder: There are two sides to every story – Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | vicbriggs’s Blog
16. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Your Daily Dose