This week write your version of an “Ugly Duckling” story
Growing up with three brothers, I was more of a tomboy than a girlish girl. I wasn’t much aware of the fashion trends and preferred plain over fancy. I used to buy running shoes for everyday use, no fancy heels for this girl. I also wore ugly glasses, chosen more for durability than style.
This was me when I joined the med school and went to live in another city with a bunch of girls. I realized that my appearance lacked something that those other girls had. They would wear matching shoes, put on makeup, and would look like ladies. Whereas I would blunder about in my manly shoes, plain utilitarian clothes, and an extroverted, Donald Duck style gait, ( which resulted in more than my fair share of accidents).
But I couldn’t emulate them as I was made different. So there was no ugly duckling transforming into a swan. Rather this ugly duckling gradually grew to be more careful while walking and learned to dress a bit more stylishly.
Why change my basic nature, when I am happy with who I am. If I try to become someone else or act like someone else, I would lose my identity.
This week write about your interpretation of ‘Bookworm’.
Choose your own form.
We all are bookworms, at least the girls/ women of my family. It has come down through genetics. My grandfather was a huge lover of books. He would read continuously. And had a massive library. I idolized him as he was the best sort of a grandfather any girl could have.
After him, my father was another bookworm. He would always have a stack of books on his nightstand and would often read late into the night. I was the most bookish among my siblings, though my younger brother also was fond of reading too.
My husband bought a lot of books but very rarely would he finish a book that he started reading. My son’s interest in reading was somewhat in the middle range. While I and my two daughters are avid readers. We have between the three of us, bought and read thousands of books.
The good thing is that we share similar interests in reading and exchange our books. The youngest bookworm is my 11 years old grandson. He goes through books at a very high rate. And it costs his mother a lot of money to keep him supplied with new books!
This week write your response to the word – Lotion.
It may be relaxing, comforting, curative, a life saver, even magical – go where the prompt leads you.
Paula has asked us to share something we love, for each day of the month of February.
For my # 11 love for the month of February, I choose;
Have you ever been too tired to sleep?
I have often been. I suffer from restless leg syndrome and if I get too tired or it gets late, like past midnight, I just can’t seem to lie still on my bed. Lie long enough to go to sleep.
I discovered the cure accidentally. My daughter gifted me a peppermint based foot cream and I tried it on my legs as well. This worked like magic and calmed my overexcited and tired muscles and I fell asleep shortly.
I then researched and found a calming lavender lotion from Aveeno which is very good. It helps soothe the irritation of muscles and relives their tiredness.
Do give it a try if you suffer from restless leg syndrome or are too tired to get good sleep. It’s also good for babies, as my little granddaughter loves to have her tiny feet and legs massaged with it.
I think that herbal remedies really work and should be our first go-to when faced with health issues.
With a new year upon us and the stresses of 2020 behind us, (or are they), consider the new year and what it brings to us.
For many of us older folk, being tired and run down is often a daily event.
Normally , I wouldn’t admit to being tired and rundown!
Nopes, not at all I’d say even when I am. But today, or rather since yesterday I am feeling very much tired and rundown and grumpy too.
The reason is that I got what I wished for. That’s why it is dangerous to wish for things before one thinks them through. I was wishing that I could just stop eating so much and go back to my weight losing habits.
I suffer from these bouts of hyperacidity and stomach discomfort when I became careless of my intake of coffee, tea, and spices. That’s what happened to me and now I am not happy with my tummy.
I can’t have coffee or regular food. I am taking a bland diet and meds to deal with this episode. I’m hoping that there is some positive impact of this incident and I may have lost a couple of pounds. Hopefully!
So I am feeling out of sorts and tired. I hope this passes away soon.