Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doing the Bunny Hop

Today I'm taking a bit of time out from the A-Z to join Brenda's "Pondering" at BYG Adventures, where the writing prompt for this week is "hop"... 
 
When my two sisters and I were small, my mother instituted an Easter tradition that became a much anticipated annual event.  In the days before Easter we would bring the box of Easter decorations out of storage, and sort thru it to find our Easter baskets and that wonderfully messy green cellophane grass.  On Easter eve the baskets were lined up hopefully on the dining room table, while we went to bed filled with too much excitement to fall asleep easily. 
 
We woke up early on Easter morning and ran to the dining room to find the baskets missing and replaced by little notes of Easter greeting, one for each of us, bearing a clue to where the next clue in the "treasure hunt" for our Easter baskets might be found.  When we were young the clues were simple, as we grew older they became a bit more complex, but always Mom's The Easter Bunny's sense of humor came through.  One of my personal favorites that has stuck in my mind ever since, read "The bunny backed into the heater and there he burnt his little seater" - a clue prompting us to search first the furnace and then the water heater in our basement, on which could be found "Clue #2".  And so the hunt continued upstairs and downstairs, inside and out, as we located a handful of clues that ultimately led to our candy laden Easter baskets... hidden in such places as a closet, a toy chest, the oven, the clothes dryer, or under the bed.  You can imagine how much more fun this was than simply waking up to find a basket of goodies waiting. 
 
As we grew up and had families of our own we continued this wonderful tradition with our children, and to this day when they call to visit on Easter my son and daughter inevitably bring up the Easter basket hunts, and how they wish they were still small and could do it again!  My daughter even used to do an Easter hunt for her then husband, replacing the basket with clever things like a tackle box laden with cookies, gift cards, golf balls, and such. 
 
If there will be someone young or young-at-heart with you on Easter, and you have enough energy to stay up a little late on Easter eve,  prepare some clever clues of your own and hide them around the house and yard for your own "Bunny Hop" on Easter morning.  I promise you that the laughter and smiles generated as baskets are searched for and found will start your Easter off in a wonderful way that will be remembered and talked about for years to come!  
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Now hop on over to Brenda's place and see what others are Pondering today!

O is for One


Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

 ~ONE~
One can make a difference
 
Everything about life as you know it can change in one moment.  We can get through whatever life brings us if we learn to take things one day, one hour, and sometimes even one breath at a time.  One person reaching out to take our hand, one kind word, one smile can make all the difference, it can give us the courage to go on.  One negative person can poison an environment for others; one positive person can make it happy place to be.  One prayer sent on the wings of faith can move mountains. Realizing that we are all one family could bring peace to the world.
 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Need


Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

 ~NEED~
Do you want it or do you need it?
 
One of the most important lessons we can teach our children is the difference between wants and needs, but first we have to understand that difference ourselves.  Adequate food, clothing, and shelter are basic needs; everyone requires these three things to be healthy and have a decent quality of life. The problem many people have in our consumer-oriented society is defining "adequate".  Do you really need 20 pairs of shoes, rib-eye steaks for dinner, and the biggest house on the block? 

It isn't wrong to desire and work for special things above basic needs, as long as we are mindful that we are to love people and use things, and not the opposite.  We tend to weigh our lives down with so many material goods and the need to work endlessly to obtain them, that we fail to realize that the most precious things we have can't be obtained with money... faith, family, friends, love, joy, fulfillment, contentment, and peace of mind.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Move


Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

 ~MOVE~
Let go of the past and move on!
 
 The only constant in life is change; nothing stays the same forever, neither can we.  There is no undo button or going back in time, and we can't crawl in the corner and hide from life forever. We really only have one choice then, to move on.  Sometimes that means picking up the pieces and building something new, sometimes it means braving new environments and welcoming new adventures; and sometimes it means overcoming loss, or letting go of something or someone that isn't good for us. Moving on takes courage, a survivor spirit, and the determination to live a fulfilling life. When we take those first steps in a new direction amazing things begin to happen! 
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This post is also linked to Two Shoes Tuesday - a weekly creative writing prompt. 
If you enjoy writing, come and join us - You can share your A-Z "M" post this week!
Two Shoes Tuesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday #74 - Magic, Move, or "M"

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through Saturday night. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The April 15th writing themes to choose from are magic and move
You can also share your A-Z "M" post this week!