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“The Chip in the Tea Cup” ~ a poem about memories

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“The Chip in the Tea Cup”

Washing up in a bit of a rush,

‘Chink’, I hear that sound…

I look on the drainer, the chip

Says it all; slow down, slow down, slow down.

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“It’s only a mug,” I tell myself,

Just a bit of pottery,

But still it holds memories from long

Ago and my heart goes into my mouth.

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My stomach lurches, I begin

To feel sad.  That mug was a part of me,

It was used all the time, I hadn’t realised til now

The warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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So, why use it at all?

Why not save it ‘for show’

In a cupboard to gather dust?

I won’t keep it for ‘best’ for a day far away

Because that just isn’t me.

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Memories should be nurtured day after day,

Remembered, relived, re-told.

Bring the memories to life, don’t hide them away

Lest they be forgot and fade away.

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I’ll hold onto my memories with all

My might; I look at the chip again.

The water drains off, swirls down the plug

But my memories still pump through my heart.

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By Carol Cameleon

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The Theme Game linky with Redpeffer

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‘Love’ aka simply ‘L’

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What do you do when

They’re there all the time?

Waking. Breathing.

Eating. Breathing.

Sleeping. Breathing.

Working. Breathing.

Dreaming.

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You can dream.

But you know it has been.

Not a has been,

But it has been.

Could it be again?  You like to

Think so.

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Mixed are those signals.

Am I no good at decoding

Those signals?  Reading

Too much into them.

Both good and bad.

Hanging like a floating bubble,

Changing colour and waiting to

Burst.

Building up to a big bang.

Good or bad.

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Could be good.  Can’t help thinking

It will turn out bad.

Why hope for good?

Loneliness could be the key.

It’s a key that doesn’t fit the lock.

Something is around the corner

Waiting to unlock it properly.

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The world is full of  ‘L’.

Everywhere you look there’s ‘L’.

All you need is ‘L’.

But a different kind for me.

Mine has to be perfect,

Otherwise that big bubble could burst before time.

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Too many ‘been there and done that’

Scenarios.

Want to,

Need to get somewhere with that

‘L’ thing.

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Wherever, whatever, however, whenever

The bubble bursts,

I know that way into the far

Distant future…

I know that they will be there

All the time.

Breathing. Dreaming… dreaming.

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By Carol Cameleon

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This is my take on the theme of ‘love’ with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer.  I wrote it back in January 1999 and, apart from my college tutor, this is the first time it’s been seen and ‘published’… It’s been archived in my college writing portfolio all this time.  I knew it was in there, so when this week’s theme was announced, I knew I had to dig it out!  I’m so glad I have because I’m very proud of my writing portfolio.  Maybe I should air the other pieces too…

Why not share the love of The Theme Game and join in?

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Do I wish I had more time?..

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“I wish I had more time…”
A linky with MumTurnedMom
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What does 25/8 mean to you?
To me it means 2 things:
  • That I could do with having an extra hour in each day and an extra day in each week…
  • That my brain never really stops coming up with writing ideas.  Whether it’s ideas for blog posts, short stories, poems… it never really stops ‘brainstorming’!
Let’s go back to the first ‘thing’.  If I lived in a 25/8 world instead of a 24/7 world, what would I do with my extra time?  Like everyone, I wouldn’t have any problem filling it.
But I asked myself this; how about I make the best of the time I’ve got?  How about I just accept that I can’t do everything?  How about I accept that I can’t be everywhere?  How about I just accept that there aren’t enough hours in the day?
How about I just make the best of the time I HAVE got to do ‘stuff’ everyday and stop beating myself up?
How about I just accept that there are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week?
Don’t you think it’s about time?
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Chuffed with the puff!

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This week’s word has absolutely nothing to do with writing, reading or being creative.

But I had to share it with the world (well, my followers and the bloggers linking up with Word of the Week!…)

5 weeks ago I took up the Couch to 5 k challenge.  This was no mean feat because, truth be told, I’ve never enjoyed running.  But I decided to do something about the sluggish feeling festering and it needed to cost very little money, or better still be free!

When you consider that 5 weeks ago I was hard-pushed to run for 90 seconds and now I’m up to 2 x 10 minute runs… comfortably.  What’s more, I’m even enjoying it!

Yes, when you consider that, you’ll understand why my #WordoftheWeek with  The Reading Residence is ‘chuffed’.

Pop by tomorrow for my round-up of Virtually All Sorts of blogs that I have been reading this week.

It’d be great to share them with you…

 Word of the week

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Childhood ~ choose your words wisely

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Picture source: LearningStationMusic.com

This was my facebook status one day last week:
“Not normally one to judge because parenting’s hard work but, “shut up before i slap you!!!!!!” Heard on school run… “
I’m not always one to update my status every day, but I felt compelled to share this. Because I was truly horrified, truly shocked, truly saddened.  We all know that parenting can be hard work and I meant it when I said that I’m not one to judge. If it works for you, then go ahead…. If the child is happy and loved.
But judge I did. I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the parent and child. Our little bear did the same. She had heard too.  So without really thinking I showered her with praise – as if in an attempt to dissolve the negativity and harsh words she had just heard.
One of my friends commented on my status that it makes you wonder what goes on at home.   Indeed it does.
Children are like sponges. As a parent, I see it every day. They copy us in actions AND words. The younger years are crucial in building confidence and self-esteem…
I love words and I’m very careful about the words I use in front of, and towards, our little bear. This poor child on the school run doesn’t stand a chance…
What are your thoughts?

Comment or tweet me.

Then hop over to The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for #TheThemeGame which is ‘childhood’ this week.

Join in!

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This week I have mostly been exploring…

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My blog has been strangely quiet this week.  You may have noticed this too.  After blogging every day in April for the A to Z Challenge, it’s been a refreshing change to be able to kick back a little and enjoy exploring other blogs, read, digest and comment too.

 

As much as it was very satisfying to join in and also discover some wonderful new blogs that I may never have stumbled upon otherwise, it’s been refreshing to be able to ease off the blog posts and do some reading.

 

Pop by later today for my round-up of Virtually All Sorts of blogs that I have been reading this week.  It’d be great to share them with you…

My #WordoftheWeek with  The Reading Residence is ‘exploring’.

Word of the week exploring

 

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Parenting: read all about it

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There are so many sources of information on parenting aren’t there?  In paper, ebook, websites and forums (and quite possibly many more!)

From not feeling quite right but not being able to put our finger on it and therefore googling (reputable websites only!) symptoms, it soon became clear that we were indeed pregnant.  That strange metallic taste in my mouth (how utterly bizarre!), wretching after breakfast (and beyond!), over-whelming tiredness and the lusting after chips and milkshake!  Yes, we were pregnant and we were about to embark on a tumultuous journey into parenting.   Aside from the complications, we were excited as the next parents-to-be and we bought ourselves a little book in a charity shop.  We were yet to be over the 3 month hurdle and I didn’t dare buy it ‘just in case’, such was my worry at the time.

But once over that hurdle, I couldn’t wait to get that copy home.  The book was a week by week guide to how the foetus develops in your womb.  There were so many facts and figures, it really started to sink in just how incredible, how amazing, how miraculous life really is.

I can’t actually remember what the book was called now unfortunately.  But to a mum-to-be, it was well-thumbed and excitedly digested… well except in the mornings after breakfast, just before lunch and just before bedtime.  Dam you ‘morning’ sickness!

What about you?  What did you enjoy reading about when you were a parent-to-be?  Or what do you wish you hadn’t read?  Comment or tweet me.

Then hop over to The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for #TheThemeGame which is ‘parenting’ this week.

Join in!

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‘N’ is for ‘nifty’

 

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A nifty little gadget in the blogging world that I use 2-3 times a week is the linky.

It’s a fantastic way of not only meeting new bloggers, it also gets your blog ‘out there’ and introduces some structure to your blogging week by committing you and your blog to posting to that linky.

The linkys that I regularly take part in on VirtuallyAllSorts are:

#TheThemeGame with Jocelyn at The Reading Residence and Iona at Redpeffer

#WordoftheWeek another one with The  Reading Residence

And once this challenge is complete, I plan to post to #FridayFictioneers with Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog ‘Addicted to Purple’.

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This post is for ‘N’ in the #AtoZChallenge.

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‘M’ is for Mummy Bear’s Blog

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…in other words ‘M’ is for my alter-ego.  Back in December 2013 it became quite clear to me – and probably my reader too (I should have asked really – oops!) that I shouldn’t continue to blog everything on VirtuallyAllSorts.  My parenting thoughts were creeping in.  Let’s face it, why would you want snippets about my little bear when you want to escape and focus on reading, writing, virtually everything else?

 

And so Mummy Bear’s Blog was born…

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This post is for ‘M’ in the #AtoZChallenge.

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‘L’ is for Letters

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Being a blogpost for the #AtoZChallenge, you could be forgiven for assuming that this post will focus on the letters of the alphabet. Not so.

 

That would be a little too predictable.  No, this blog is about #PostCircle which is for the love of snail mail.  Yes, I shuddered too!  Snail mail, in this age of digital interaction?  Surely not?!

 

Yes indeed.  Hop over to Miss Beatrix’s blog find out how much fun it is and to join in…

 

I’ve put my stamp on it.

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This post is for ‘L’ in the #AtoZChallenge.

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