Daily Word Prompt 122 “Family”

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Luningning always felt that there was something missing from her life. She couldn’t get satisfied or complete, no matter how much she achieved or did. She asked her mother. She knew she was adopted when she was a baby and she loved her new family. They treated her as one of their own and have given her love and acceptance. She asked for the name of her biological mother and the name of the hospital where she was born. To her surprise, there were two baby girls born from the same woman. She has a twin sister, who was also adopted when the mother died at giving birth to them. She knew then that her twin sister was the missing part of her life. She asked the hospital for some information, on how she could look for the people who adopted her twin sister. After thoroughly searching and asking around, she managed to find the name of the woman who adopted her twin sister.

She wrote a letter to Mrs. Josepha Delos Santos and told her about her story and how she’s just found out that she has a twin sister and would like to meet her. Josepha wrote back telling her about Tala, her adopted daughter. She didn’t know that Tala has a twin; had she known that, she’d have adopted the two of them because she didn’t want them to be separated. She’d like to meet Luningning and she’d tell Tala about her and their story. So when Luningning went to their house, Tala opened the door and they both saw a mirror image of themselves. They knew then that their lives would be complete now, seeing and meeting their long lost twin sister.

For: Daily Word Prompt 122 “Family”

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

I usually do some laundry and ironing, cooking, etc. Otherwise, I cycle and swim with Him Indoors and we love travelling to different places. When I’m with my friends, we meet for coffee or lunch, shopping or walk while we talk.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d travel far and wide, see places we haven’t been and revisit the places we love. Buy HRH the son and his beautiful K a house of their own in a place of their choice. The rest of the money, donate to our favourite charities.

What makes you laugh the most?

Him Indoors, of course! He’s got this witty/dry humour. Also, some TV shows make me laugh, like Big Bang Theory, Two and a half Men, Friends, etc.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

I have no patience with our dozen TV/dvd/etc. remote controls. I don’t watch any TV if Him Indoors is not there (I don’t mind, really, got other things to do).

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

We went to the UK last week and we had a great time. We visited HRH the son and his beautiful K in Southampton, went to Portsmouth for the Dockyard and celebrated with Him Indoors’ parents their 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary in Coventry.

Tomorrow we’re celebrating our 31st Wedding Anniversary. We’ll probably cycle to our favourite Chinese Restaurant. I’ll order duck and Him Indoors will have his beef chillies, with a bottle of Sekt or some chilled Chablis. Bliss!

On Thursday we’re flying to Malta until Tuesday. We’ll celebrate Him Indoors birthday there.

Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Share Your World – June 12, 2017

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five minute friday :: mom

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We’re so happy you’re still with us
Mother dearest to all of us
We cannot say thank you enough
For all the things you’ve done for us

We may be in different places
We’re so happy you’re still with us
We treasure you with all our hearts
The centre core of our beings

It’s not long now when we’re all there
Looking forward to be with you
We’re so happy you’re still with us
We’ll all have great fun that’s for sure

Sending you our love on this day
Kisses and hugs from all of us
Stay beautiful and cheerful, Mom
We’re so happy you’re still with us*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)

 

For: five minute friday :: mom

Writespiration #115 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 19 – My writing location

I write at home
home is with Him Indoors
our three tortoises
our flowers in the garden
things we share
experience and memories
I love our home!
Him Indoors and I
HRH the son and K
happy together
in the garden
flowers, herbs and trees
Gin, Rex, Nik – our tortoises
eating dandelions

(c)ladyleemanila 2017

For: Writespiration #115 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 19

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Roots – Daily Prompt

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The Captain and the Teacher. He was a Captain of the Ship from a Spanish lineage. Tall, dark and handsome, he always had a pipe on his mouth. She was a short, native Filipina, with big brown eyes, flat nose, and long wavy hair. She was one of the first teachers graduated under the Americans. They met, fell in love and got married. They had many children, my mother being the second to the youngest. They called each other “dear” until the end of their lives. He loved reading; he wrote the meaning of some words at the side of the books he read. She was a good business woman, bought some cloth materials in Quezon and sold them in Marinduque. He died of Parkinson’s disease; she followed after 6 months, perhaps from a broken heart… My grandparents’ story.

Look at this black and white photo
Golden anniversary of our grandparents
We were all there, some not even born
Most of them were not with us anymore
And so with this in mind, my homage

Tatay was my idol, a great reader
Died of Parkinson’s disease, still reading
He put the meanings of the difficult words
Wrote them in pencils at the side of books

Nanay, still beautiful in her old age
Long wavy hair, deaf as a post
Her cooking, shall we say, creative
Mixing things we normally don’t mixed

Tia Carol and Tio Fred, both in heaven
Both doctors, humble as pies
Good storytellers, took life leisurely
Spoke the dialect I cannot understand

Tio Alex, bless his soul, only brother
Worked in Customs, good looking
Tia Ludy, still with us, still elegant
Brought the kids on her own

My Mum, my darling mother
Pregnant with our youngest brother
My Dad, I still miss him, now gone
Memories in our hearts and souls

All siblings and cousins
Now all with own families
We used to play together
Our own family portrait

For: Roots

Other “roots” posts:
https://annesbirdpoems.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/deep-roots/
https://thelonerose.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/roots/
https://brownhart.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/roots/
The Goddess of Justice

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 44 – CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY

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Thank you for all the things we’ve had
Him Indoors, son and K plus my mother
Brothers and sister and all their families, too
We’re all healthy, I have to add

Add to that the places we’ve been
Last week we were in Bamberg that was fun
And in June, we’d be in the UK and Malta
Problems, we take it on the chin

Chin up for all the love we’ve got
Our friends and families are always there
Thank you social media for sharing all our news
And all the things we have besought

Besought heaven and earth for peace
Let there be kindness and understanding
No matter what the differences are, there is hope
This poem I share as my piece*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The RemyLa Rhyme Form, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 stanzas. Each stanza has four lines. The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8 and rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj. The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4. The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3. Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.

This form is named after Laura’s daughter, Remy Lawren Lamarca. La is her signature.

For: 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 44 – CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY April 23, 2017 By Bernadette

Our story – Writespiration #112 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 16

Our story – Writespiration #112 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 16

This week is a challenge and a half. I want you to write about the theme:

Backwards.

BUT, in addition to that, I want you to write your story backwards…!

Back to the two of us

The son moved out

HRH the son was born

We had to move

It was a sunny day

We got married

He asked for my hand

He followed me

Time to say goodbye

We had lunch together

He helped me in the lab

Our story backwards

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Writespiration #112 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 16

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