Mirror Crawlers

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 31, 2014

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Describing a scenario where all mirrors are gone one morning is a scary task that brings out a side of nightmares that hunt my nights. If I woke up to a world like that, I would run and hide under a rock because I can imagine the evil that lurks behind mirrors and if they are gone, it means that this evil is upon us.

The thought of disappearing mirrors alone is giving me anxiety. I don’t like them . . . they seem like evil windows to alternate dimensions where dark creatures watch our every move waiting for the right time to posses our minds. I’m even afraid to look at them in the dark. As I pass in front of their reflections, I get shivers because I can hear in my mind, distant wild cries that call me release their suffering, but whatever they are, they are not our friends, they are always watching, they are everywhere. While I don’t feel that all mirrors are trans-dimensional windows, if feels like the more there are, the more opportunity there is for the other side to observe us.

Just try and look at a mirror in the dead of night with out feeling that something is going to come out of it to hurt you. Try and put your hand to it without recoiling at the thought that someone is going to grab it. Don’t you ever feel that if you touch a mirror in the right moment, that your hand could pass through? I avoid looking at mirrors in the dark because I believe that I can see things through them that are not a reflection and what I can see is frightening.

I remember stories that my grandfather used to tell about the visitors that my family has had for generations. Those visitors, he used to say, were from the other verse. I always thought that he liked to tell stories just for the fun of frightening us, but as I grew up, I understood what he was talking about. He died without passing on all of the stories and I don’t know how to contact them like he did without being possessed by them, but I can tell that the thread between their world and ours is very thin and I do feel their call. If they get through, according to the stories, they closed the door to the other side and the mirror disappears. . .

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The Mirror Crack’d
You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors. How does your life — from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself — change?

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Adventurous Spirits

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 21, 2014

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Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia

If money was not in the equation, instead of having a job I would travel all over the world in search of evidence that would show the marvels of what once were The Library of Alexandria and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. After that, there would be lots of time for other adventures visiting natural marvels of the world that are still around now days.

Can you imagine what it would be like to find The Library of Alexandria? If I had the money for that expedition, I would be relentless in the search for even an ancient stone that marked its location, but if there was any part if it that was still standing, I would make every effort to reconstruct or replicate in a nearby location what it looked like. Of course the real treasure would be to find that many of its scrolls, parchments, tablets and other scriptures were still available. Maybe the entire library is buried somewhere and its contents are still intact. What a treat that would be!

My next stop would be in search of clear and concrete evidence of the way the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were created. I would love to recreate them in my very own back yard, but for the better appreciation of this wonder and for the benefit of my fellow human brethren, the public would be most welcome to visit and enjoy them as well.

But let us not stop just yet, the world offers many natural wonders as well as ancient ruins that are impressive and I would waste no time visiting remote locations to enjoy them first hand. There is the City of Petra in Jordan and I would visit Japan and not leave until I see the blooming of cherry trees that grace Japan’s city and country landscapes so beautifully. What about the Tianzi mountains in China? ooh, oh! and then we have the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. There’s just no end to all the wonders and marvels I would visit if I had the time and the money to finance such expedition. I bet some of you would tag along and you would be most welcome. As a matter of fact, since we’re talking about a time where money won’t be an issue, I’m willing to take all who would appreciate this unique set of expeditions. What do you say? Adventurous spirits welcomed!

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Work? Optional!
If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

 

Divergent Series . . . Better Not!

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 17, 2014

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To paraphrase Fat Amy from Perfect Pitch, Sometimes I think I want to recommend the book Divergent to family and friends, but then I’ think. . . hmmm. . . Better Not! The consensus on this trilogy of books, if we are to consider profit sales, it is very positive. However, in my opinion, I think people get carried away with the momentum from the hype of The Hunger Games and submerge themselves into another dystopian story expecting to be rewarded with a great tale. I think that besides the lack of development in the relationship between Tris and Four, this series disappoint in the delivery of the heartbreaking ending of the third book.

The Divergent series has an interesting plot and the characteristics of the story are appealing enough, but what starts as a good novel, quickly descends from bad into worse as the books shift narration in first person from the heroine to her boyfriend on the third book. Personal feelings aside, I have seen a disproportionate difference between the positive reviews of the first and second books, to the third book which was received poorly and has been reviewed negatively by many fans, so I know for a fact that I’m not alone.

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The ending of the series broke my heart so painfully that for many, many months I eagerly discouraged everyone that asked from getting involved with this trilogy. The movie Divergent seems to be good and I will probably see it on DVD because the first book is not so bad, but you have been warned. Maybe this is one of those times when being spoiled by the ending will be for the better. For someone like me who likes standard happy endings, I know I wish I had known in advance.

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Daily Prompt
Matters of Taste
When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?

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Hand Made Tales: The Good Old fashion Way

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 7, 2014

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When technology has brought along an infinite source of resources to make our lives much more comfortable and our time more efficient, we stand to loose details from traditionally made items that are now mostly overlooked and ignored. It is difficult to appreciate handcrafted items when our lives are constantly prompting us to appreciate practicality and efficiency. An item hand crafted in a traditional way stands to compete with objects that have been made abundant due to automation. Currently, unless you are in the line of appreciating art, most of those unique and precious crafts done by hand will most likely escape your notice. Among the things I still prefer in their handmade version are authentic folk dishes, knitted accessories and good old fashion spontaneous and unadulterated photography.

In recent years, home made traditional meals have been compromised by processed ingredients that allow families to enjoy a quick and hopefully nutritious meal, however the flavor is not necessarily as good as if people use original and natural ingredients. Even when we talk about a simple side dish like mashed potatoes, it is so much easier to open up a packet that already has seasonings and dehydrated potato flakes as supposed to the longer time it would take to boil the potatoes and the effort to mash and gather the rest of ingredients needed. ingredientsenchiladaIt irks me to go to a restaurant and taste can ingredients used to make the meal such as using canned enchilada sauce when they should be making the sauce themselves. enchiladasauceYes, it is a process that requires more time and effort, but there is a remarkable improvement in taste and honestly, every restaurant should strive to offer the best they can do instead of lowering standards just because most people are used to the distinct flavor that is present in processed food. Some times I like to take the time to cook a meal from scratch. I don’t do it all the time and yes, I too use lots of processed food for their convenience. Once in a while however, I like to take the time and offer my family something special that I know they will enjoy.

One of the saddest things to see is how hand made knitted scarves and hats or virtually any other item made of yarn is completely overlooked in the sense that automation has deemed the knitted look so common, no one can really tell when a piece has been made by hand. scarf2I’m a knitting enthusiast and I love to crochet as well. While my kids and relatives appreciate the items I give them as presents, most people don’t give a second thought as to how they were made. Whenever I see a knitted item at a store that I like, my first thought is to try and figure out how I can make the same thing myself. scarves It is an automatic thought, but my preference, even if I buy something made of yarn, it to try and replicate it merely because I can customize details that I would appreciate better. I was touched by the way one of my daughters put in storage some of her winter clothes. In one area she had her “treasured items” labeled as such and besides a winter ski hat, she had all the scarves, hats and arm warmers I have made for her. Hand made knitted items may be sometimes indistinguishable from those made by machines, but for those in the know we can tell and appreciate all the effort it took to make them.

Beautiful photographs are no longer the result of a life time of accumulated skills and knowledge. Anyone can produce a visually appealing picture with the help of popular computer programs; even your smart phone has basic editing features that help enhance color and retouch imperfections.photoshopbee It is difficult to differentiate whether a picture has been photoshopped or is the result of a combination of elements such as camera lenses, filters, angles and lighting that along with skill bring out life to an image that was captured at just the appropriate moment. Looking at these pictures is a feast of wonder for me. I’m always trying to take pictures that are spontaneous, but as an amateur, compelling images are not easily captured. I love it when a photographer is able to do so without the aid of computer enhancing techniques and when they are ingenious enough to create visual illusions using simple every day objects or by playing with lighting and camera angles. In recent years, the use of digital modifications has been so popular that when I see beautiful pictures, I immediately assume they have been photoshopped, but I suppose that digital imaging and modification will soon become an art of its own. Until then, I’ll take the photographer’s word that their pictures were not altered, in any case, I prefer to get one lucky shot out of a thousand. I treasure them better and seldom share them as supposed to those that I like to modify simply for the wow effect.

With such busy lives as we lead in modern times, traditional hand crafted treasures have been loosing spotlight among the crowds of mass produced and technologically modified items that surround our daily routines. Whether or not we appreciate the sentimental or emotional value of a special family recipe, a lovingly knitted scarf or an original picture, these hand made items are mostly at a loss for recognition unless a person is actually looking for the artful way in which they are presented. Automation has helped to bring practicality into our lives. We are busy and enjoy the easier way food has been premade for us as much as the ability to purchase ready made accessories, but even when we don’t give a second thought at the origin of pictures we see everyday, we should take the time to appreciate the effort others make in creating these and other handcrafts simply for the sake of preserving traditions.

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Daily Prompt
Handmade Tales
Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

A Fabulous Diva Formerly Known as Genie

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 17, 2014

The Daily Prompt asks:

Remember those lovely genies who grant wishes? Well, you’re one and you’ve just been emancipated from your restrictive lamp. You can give your three wishes to whomever you want. Who do you give your three wishes to, and why?

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Wait a second, what do you mean I have to give out my wishes? If I’m emancipated, I want to give those valuable wishes to myself for sure. Can you imagine yourself working for a thousand years, at least, and always watching every master you had had his way three times around and not having an opportunity to do the same after all that hard work? I think not, no more, baby this time I get to treat myself with three different gifts that have been on my mind all this time and after watching others succeed and or fail at trying to get the best results from the object or situation they wished for, I know exactly what I want, without over thinking the pros and cons and purely as an impulsive wish list based on random question.

First of all, I will get a makeover. I want to look fabulous, of course. Not necessarily pretty, you see, being pretty can be a drag sometimes with all the jealousy from less fortunate creatures out there Orange-Is-Sophiaand not to mention the horde of suitors that are sure to purse me, no, not pretty, FABULOUS; as in Sophia from the show Orange is the new Black. Only she can make a prison jump-suit look so classy and her demeanor is regal despite her difficulties. Fabulous is what I’m looking for and girl. . .I ain’t settling for anything less.

My second wish would be to take away all the benefits away from all the wishes I granted to unkind, selfish and ungrateful masters. I’ve been looking forward to this since my first master rubbed me the wrong way . . .he he he, no pun intended. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to take back something I gave away, but correcting a wrong is definitely overdue and they had it coming anyway. How do you like karma now sister? . . . oh snap! You’re welcome.

My third wish I will save. I don’t want money, I’ve seen what it can do to people when they haven’t had any and end up with a large sum to spend at will. Not only does it change their hearts, but most of the time they don’t manage it well enough to last a while and end up their days without money, without friends and many times without a family as well. I will not wish for a better world either, People have to strive to be better on their own. Also, it is part of their own personal growth to do what they can to help others. Despite the suffering, the animosity, the desperate call for help, humanity has to grow on its own. Otherwise, once they are left to their own devices in what looks like a better world, the human race, without the knowledge to appreciate the struggle it took to get this new world will surely revert back to abuse their new environment as well.

bridezilla2Dropped ice-creamI will save my third wish instead for something special and simple. I’ll know when I have to use it. I could be helpful to a kid whose ice-cream fell to the ground or it could make a Bridezilla eat a little humble pie. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my third wish yet, but I know I will use it wisely and it will make my day.

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Worthy Causes

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Breaking the Ice
The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 20, 2014

I don’t usually follow social, political or cultural causes. I join a particular cause at the moment to help out or support someone I know, but in the town where I live however, there seems to be a great effort to support causes that affect its residents with a big show of support.

For breast cancer awareness, all of the three schools in the area have some sort of activity that invites people to wear pink while coaches add a pink accessory to the sport teams’ uniforms. breast cancerDuring football season I’ve notices that pretty much every team in the league follows the same show of support for breast cancer awareness. When there is controversy in other parts of the country for small children wearing “I love Boobies” bracelets, I don’t think I’ve heard anyone complain about it here in town. I’m not sure if kids know what they are advertising, they may even think is just a fad, but when they are exposed to a prompt that will make them ask questions about a preventable condition is a good idea, in my opinion of course.

There was another time when a young woman in high school ended her life after a long and grueling battle with severe depression. People in our town responded by encouraging others to have balloons around to show support for the family she left behind, and at the high school, kids got all the balloons together and let them free. There was a little concern from some that it could glorify self harm, but it was quickly dismissed. What I heard from my kids at the time was that their friends wanted to do something that would put a smile on the late young woman’s face and since she loved balloons, they were comforted to know she would have approved. It also brought a lot of awareness about people with depression and what one can do to show support and or help those who suffer from it.

While I don’t pick up the banner for any particular worthy cause, I do join others with the one they carry. I love to see residents in my town come together in support of different causes that affect the people we know. The causes may vary, but the unity in spirit from friends of those affected is contagious and our town knows how to come together and show support.

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Little Baby . . . as if!

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 5, 2014

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My seven year old has come up with the best defense ever to avoid being scolded for doing something wrong. Last time I gave her a talk about how she should know better than to make a mess she did not clean, she bluntly said “but I’m just a little seven year old baby!” No, she didn’t come up with this all on her own, while joking about how to best avoid mommy’s angry voice, my older children taught her to curl her lips into a pout and say this with her best sad puppy face.

Last year, she used to say this frequently in a playful tone that she knew it was not going to be taken seriously. We all joked about it and my older kids had many laughs instructing Caillen on how to best look sincere when using this phrase. Time passed by and we all forgot about it, that is, until she brought it up last week as a last recourse when she knew that I was not buying the excuses she gave me to justify the mess in her room.

She must have noticed the momentary stunned expression in my face because she started laughing right after. It caught me by surprise to realize how sincere she seemed. My very first reaction was a split second moment in which my heart warmed up and longed to spare my baby from pain, my motherly instincts were yanked right out of my disciplinarian mode and surfaced to protect my helpless child, only. . . I had heard that phrase before. As the words set in, I became aware that my dear little girl has quite an evil streak in her psyche and I couldn’t be more proud, but to employ a well rehearsed tactic in the midst of a stressful situation is right down wicked. I was impressed.

Caillen did not wait for me to counter her defense, she knew she had lost the argument, but she still walked away with a proud demeanor that reflected her witted victory. For my part, I remained amused at her wit and was a little scared as well. “Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage*, but is it a number you should not care about. At her young age, who knows what other things she plots to get her way? She may only be seven years old, but there is no age to put limits in the world of self awareness. My youngest daughter stands to be a challenge and her wit no doubt will give her an advantage along with the support of her older siblings, but I welcome the opportunity to guide her and the many challenging ways I will have to outsmart her.

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*Daily Prompt
Age-Old Questions
“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

 

 

Agreeable Differences

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 5, 2014

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An unlikely pairing of foods for some people may be an every day meal routine for others. I was born into a culture that adds lemon and hot chili peppers to everything we eat, from main dishes to snacks and even sweet fruits. The comments I’ve heard from foreign people that have lived in Mexico for as little as a few weeks are usually a collection of amazed expressions combined with a bunch of expletives that at times support and others condemn what they think is a most unusual way of eating food.

salsaI now live in Southern California where Mexican food has a strong presence. Salsa, whether fresh or in a bottle is always present at restaurant tables. We add lime juice and salsa to everything from Carne Asada (grilled beef) to fish and even Chinese food. SAMSUNGAlthough hot and spicy foods are part of most every menu around the LA area, the addition of lemon or limes as they are known here is mostly reserved for those of us that were born and raised south of the border and our immediate family. This acquired taste tends to diminish its hold on later generations, for example, my kids are no strangers to my customs, but they can live with out salsas and lime, whereas I would rather starve than miss adding lime juice to the dishes in my plate.

Our candy has a mixture between tangy and sour plus hot chili pepper in powder form. Tamarind has a big share of the candy market where it is featured in many different forms. Its tangy flavor adds a vigorous salivating effect to the sour touch of limes; add a bit of salt and sugar and you have a combination of mouth watering tastes that can be sprinkled, dipped, pasted and mixed with virtually any candy flavor you can imagine.

Just about in every major corner around Los Angeles there are vendors that sell mixed fresh fruit cut in bite size portions.tajin In a serving, which is can easily feed two people there is mango, orange, coconut, jicama, cucumber and watermelon. They add lime juice, salt and powder chili pepper, yum! Or at home, as a snack, you can choose any fruit and add Tajin which already has this last ingredients mixed in.

However unusual people think this combination may be, adding lime and chili peppers to every day meals and treats is a granted way of eating for people of Mexican descent, but the combination of flavors keeps growing. In recent years I’ve come across combinations that feature lime and chili peppers with a horde of new companions. What used to be simple snack such as cacahuates japoneses (crunchy peanuts) or cueritos (trust me, you don’t want to know) are now combined with so many other ingredients that could qualify them as a complete meal. Whatever the combination, lime and chili peppers are ever present at my house adding a familiar taste to whatever meals grace my table.whatevermexicansnack

It may not look that inviting for many, but trust me, if you grew up the way I did, your mouth would have no trouble recognizing what your eyes are seeing, By the time you realize all the ingredients mixed in, your mouth will be watering like there’s no tomorrow.

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Daily Prompt
Unlikely Pairing
Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.

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Unleash The Silmarillion

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 17, 2014

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In the back of my reading queue rests the Silmarillion, not because of a desire to postpone a difficult read, but because it is a book that deserves all my attention and an appetitive read from its predecessors, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. With all the background information that The Silmarillion contains regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology of Middle Earth, it is not a book that you can read without first immersing yourself in the stories that mention the legends, lineage and historical background that The Silmarillion brings to light in greater detail than its much more popular companions.

My list of books to read is very long, due mostly in part to my tendency to grab more books than I can read, but revisiting Tolkien’s world requires a commitment of heart and soul, for those of us obsessive compulsive people that would drop their entire real life to live among this fantasy from beginning to end with out interruptions one more time.silmarillionbookcase So far as I can tell, my seven year old still needs me around and I can’t quite get her involved just yet. Although she is a fan of The Hobbit and let me make it clear, the book which she has listened to three times from beginning to end and not the movies, I wait for the time that she can join me and we can both read this fantastic journey.

My copy of The Silmarillion is tucked in among all the other books that are precious to me. Right in the back of a bookcase where not even dust would set upon its run down wrinkled and faded paperback cover. My book case and my collection of books are in storage due in part to space constrains, in part to the abundance of precious books I have; but no matter, I know it is there and as progress is made through my current list of books to read, I hope that my daughter grows up appreciating all the geeky references my family makes regarding Tolkien’s world of fantasy.

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Off the Shelf
Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?

Biting a Helping Hand

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 16, 2014

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Helping my elderly neighbor Candice with simple tasks around her house was never a problem, but before they got to know us, going into town with her to the supermarket was a little uncomfortable. I have to praise residents in my town for being so accommodating, respectful and patient. Until they understood that we were her neighbors driving her around because she had no family of her own, they did give us dead stares for the things Candice used to do.

As an elderly person suffering from early stages of dementia, she often forgot what she needed, her money or how to pay at the cashier’s. My other neighbors, my husband and I used to talk about how ironic it was that without knowing the circumstances, people automatically assumed that if we were accompanying her, we must be responsible for her antics. I can’t count the amount of times I said “I’m sorry” to apologize for delays, for Candice blocking an isle, or for the many, many times she asked the same question. We used to care for her basic needs and ironic or not, strangers always blamed us for not controlling her well.

Candice is a fiercely independent woman who refused to move closer to her relatives and would not consider letting us buy the items she needed. She wanted to go herself and if we didn’t take her, she would start walking until someone picked her up. We live in a semi-rural area and temperatures are quite extreme since we are in a high dessert. Naturally, my other neighbors and I were always worried that she would just leave and quite a few times we did receive a phone call from one of the town store owners to let us know Candice was about all by herself.

One such occasion, she managed to get a Good Samaritan to “fix” her car, which had no battery because she had neither a license nor registration for the car. All mayhem ensued because she happily waved at us as she was leaving. How on earth did we miss that I don’t know. Right at that time, I was with my neighbor Debbie on her front lawn. The Security Guard at the entrance of our community called my husband to ask if it really had been Candice who just left the property and then he called everyone in town to tell us if they saw her. Eventually a waitress called in and my husband went to meet with Candice as if by coincidence. As per the request of her relatives when we called, between the waitress and my husband, they managed to get the car keys from Candice and then you can imagine the circus it took to help her “find her keys”.

Candice is now in a convalescent hospital recovering from a stroke she suffered when she left to go to the store by herself and decided to walk on a particularly hot day. Neither one of my neighbors nor I were around and she collapse just a few yards from her home. There really isn’t much anyone can do when a person remains legally accountable for their own choices. In Candice’s case, Social Services came to visit her a couple of times at the request of her relatives who wanted conservatorship of her well being, but the investigator found she could still live on her own, this, despite of the account we gave that she often had spoiled food, and swarms of ants in her kitchen that we used to clean.

In any case, my neighbors Debbie, Emi, Jimmy and us tried to keep an eye out for her and as a result, we received funny looks from people who didn’t know Candice’s story. Unless you live or interact with a person who has dementia, you never know how debilitating that illness is for those who suffer from it and how difficult it is for those who help out. There were five of us who took turns looking out for Candice and as such, we did not experience the full blast of all the consequences resulting from her behavior in public, but I can only imagine what it is like for those who have no choice or no help. Next time you see an elderly misbehaving, please consider at the very least giving a sincere smile to his or her companion. I guarantee that it would make a good impression on a difficult day.

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Daily Prompt
10,000 Spoons
…When all you need is a knife might not be ironic, but it is unfortunate. Add your own verse, stanza, or story of badly-timed annoyance to Alanis Morissette’s classic.

 

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