Friday, July 18, 2014

Using my words July 2014!

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using:      Nutella ~ pencil ~ Beverly Hills  ~ light ~  bottled water ~ file     
They were submitted by:     (Confessions of a part-time working mom)

I think back over our time together.
All the minutes, days, and years.
I search through every file about you in my memory.
I think back over all your quirks.
How you would only drink bottled water
and never a single drop from the tap.
How you hated Nutella,
but loved hazelnuts and chocolate.
How you would only write your poetry in pencil,
and everything else in pen.
How you loved Beverly Hills,
but hated California.
How you always had to leave a light on in every bathroom,
but never any other rooms.
How you would go for walks every day but Tuesday.
That one still baffles me.
What is wrong with Tuesday?
Why not Monday, Thursday, or Sunday?
Your quirks always baffled me.
Sometimes they even annoyed me.
They were a part of you though.
I accepted them.
I loved them.
I loved you.
I want your quirks back.
I want you back.
I want to explore Beverly Hills with you,
while drinking bottled water.
We can sit in the hotel bathroom,
bathing in the light,
writing poetry with a pencil,
while feasting on hazelnuts and chocolate,
but no Nutella.
I miss you.
I'd do anything to have you back in my life.
I'd even go camping.
Yes, I said that.
I would go camping.
For you.
For you I would do anything.
I would do everything.
Please come back.
Don't stay gone. 
I. Miss. You.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                      Stacy Sews and Schools                              Sparkly Poetic Weirdo         Confessions of a part-time working mom                        Dates 2 Diapers 2                  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                        The Sadder But Wiser Girl                                    The Momisodes                   Someone Else’s Genius                 Follow me home . . .             Crumpets and Bollocks

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 2014 Secret Subject Swap. Saved by the bell!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My “Secret Subject” is:
If you were asked to create a high school class that would be applicable for real life. What class would you create and what would be the final assessment?
It was submitted by: 

High school. Oh those beloved four years, that none of us could wait to be done with, and that most of us wish we could go back to. When enduring them, those years seemed endless and unbearable. Now, looking back at them, I feel like they were some of the best of my life, and I definitely think that I did not take full advantage of the potential they held within them. Don't get me wrong, there is no way I would want to relive them. Absolutely no way. I do wish I had taken more advantage of my youth. Youth is a gift. A beautiful gift. Most of us spend our youth wanting to be an adult. Then when we are an adult, we spend our days wishing for some of the simple joys our youth possessed. 

I personally wish somebody had told me how truly hard being an adult is. There are bills and stress and commitments. There is a blatant lack of freedom that came with my youth. If only I had known then, what I know now, I would have relaxed more and lived. I would have spent my time being a kid, and not trying to be an adult. With Weewee, I plan on making sure she understands the beauty of her youth, and lives it as fully as possible. There will be plenty of time to be an adult later. 

Now, back to high school... Anyone else feel that you worked your butt off to pass classes, and then never used that knowledge again?? I distinctly remember my Math teacher drilling the importance of what she was teaching me into my head. Yeah, so important that I NEVER use it. I would say 99% of the math I learned goes unused. Of that 99%, I have probably forgotten 85% of it. What was the point? I often ask myself this. The idea of creating the curriculum for a high school class, is exciting! I think I was meant to be a teacher, honestly. I am actually considering going back to school, to get a degree in education. Should I? I'm not sure. 

A class that is applicable for real life. So many, many possibilities. How to properly use social media sites, to have the most impact. How to blog (This is one I would need to take!). How to survive the zombie apocalypse (hey, it could happen!). How to create perfect coffee drinks (I am pretty sure that Karen from can support this as being a much needed class!!). I could probably go on for days with classes that would be a great idea (to me, at least). One class stands out to me, as a class that I would love to teach. How to be a good human.

Yes, how to be a good human. Don't get me wrong, there are many fabulous people in this world. I just think the world would be a better place, if there were even more good people in the world. Can you agree? 

I think we would definitely watch videos. Lots of videos. Videos showing the impact of bullying, crime, rudeness, and various other behaviors attributed to "bad people". I would show the effects of corruption, greed, rudeness, hatred, and other negatives. We would also do lots of good. Lots of volunteering and random acts of kindness. They would learn how to pay it forward in big and small ways. I would try to instill in the students that the smallest good deed can make a huge impact. I would do lessons on how to be a good friend and a good listener. I would teach the importance of honesty. I would help to grow their potential for empathy and selflessness. 

It would be my goal that they all graduate with no desire to be a bully or unkind person. I would hope they would all choose good deeds over evil ones. Even if it only helped one student to be a better person, it would be a success. I would hope to build a society of people that embrace equality and love, and reject judgment and hate. Yes, the more I think about it, the more I wish I really could teach this class. We could all benefit from it. I could throw in some anger management and communication skills lessons. I think I really may be onto something here!

The final assessment would be three parts. Part one would be having to complete a certain number of volunteer hours at at least three different organizations. Part two would be an essay, detailing the importance of being a good person, three behaviors they will forever avoid, and five behaviors they will embrace. Part three would be completing five random acts of kindness. 

It may be a class that gets labeled as easy to pass, but my hopes would be its impact would be huge and far reaching. I see so much good around me every day, but I also see bad. I would truly love to eliminate some of that bad. Could a simple high school class do that? Well, it is my belief that our future starts with our children, so it couldn't hurt. 

What do you think? Good class? Bad class? Worth a shot? Waste of time? Would you like to take it? Would you pass? What class would you like create? 

After you are done answering all my questions in the comments below, make sure you take a trip to all the other blogs participating in this blogging challenge and see what subject they received, and how they answered! I know you will thank me later! 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:                          Baking In A Tornado                                       The Momisodes                          Spatulas on Parade                      Stacy Sews and Schools                                    Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                        Confessions of a part-time working mom                        Dates 2 Diapers 2                      Crumpets and Bullocks                               Climaxed                                       Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                  Someone Else’s Genius             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

Thanks for reading! 

P.S. I challenge all of you to complete one random act of kindness today! ;) 


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