I'm sure every year, everyone has holiday traditions. Mine started with my children when they were very young, and I wanted to take pictures on Christmas morning without them wearing their most comfortable pajamas. Pajamas that consisted of favorite worn T-shirts, sometimes with or without pants. So, I started a tradition on Christmas Eve. All my children were allowed to open up one Christmas Eve gift. A “Santa” gift. It was always a new set of pajamas. When the kids were younger, they loved opening at least one gift early, present though as they grew older, they knew what that gift contained. This tradition satisfied two significant things for me. First, my children got to open at least one gift, and second, my Christmas photos consisted of children dressed in matching pairs of pajamas. As the years have gone by, my children have grown, yet we still maintain this tradition. A tradition that brings a chuckle to everyone as they always ask: “Gee, I wonder what Santa will bring us this year?". It has become a challenge for everyone to have the most surprising reaction when they open the box and see their new pajamas.
So it would only be natural to be part of a spooky event.
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Starting this week, we are introducing stories from our Halloween Flash Fiction Authors, and we will feature two stories a week for the next four weeks.
This week’s stories are:
Samhain Surprise by Teresa Keefer
The Witch’s Wand by Tessa Russ
I love these little quick reads. I hope you do too! Enjoy!
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This still holds true for me.
One of the things I usually say to folks when asked to describe myself is that I love puzzles. Not just your typical jigsaw puzzle. Although my mother loved putting those together, I cherished the time I spent with her working on those 3000-piece killers. As life moved on, I went from jigsaw puzzles to brain teasers, word games to literature. Not many people think literature can present puzzles. But they do. Why did the hero do this or go there?
One of my Life puzzles: When I went back to college and reviewed the requirements for an English degree, I discovered I needed four years of a foreign language. Four years. I did Spanish for two and a half years and began cringing when I realized I had another year and a half to go. I would not be able to speak fluent Spanish in this lifetime, nor learn it well enough to take the required final level. That I knew without a doubt. No way, Jose.
Another Life puzzle: Being a single parent also presented its own challenges. How do I stay involved with my kids as I work full time and attend school full time? Easy peasy. I tortured my kids with my homework! My son lucked out with Beowulf. Because really…what boy doesn’t like a story of a hero coming to save the day of a wounded town and frightened king? He also got drawn into Latin stories. Myths, Gods, treachery…he soaked them up. This led to video games and books of fantasy for him. And yes, mom had to reciprocate and learn the video games. Those wicked things can be addictive. Live interactive books. Genius!
Some folks call these challenges. I’ve chosen to call them puzzles. Why? Because eventually, puzzles can be solved, I believe. If one takes the time to look at the entire picture and then plunge in. That’s the scary part: plunging in. But, it’s also the most thrilling.
Have you had a life puzzle that you figured out a unique way to solve? I’d love to hear about it!
Some are soothed by the serene calm of a lake under the sun or moon. Some are calmed by the rapid rushing of waterfalling over a cliff or mountainside. Some even find peace with the sounds of rolling waves crashing against each other. All of these create an ambiance that soothes me. I'm sure you can tell from the pictures I took.
What did you think?
Another amazing day which started with a trip to the Black Forest. Of course, everything tastes better when not at home, including the infamous Black Forest cake. What a grand time to watch one being made by the local chef. Yummy!