Wishing

Inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #72: Wish

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Close your eyes.

Make a wish.

Blow all the candles out at once!

So your wish will come true…

 

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A healthy baby.

One, then two.

Wish them strong and happy.

Wish they always follow their dreams.

Stay safe from year to year.

Wish them confident and sure.

Lives full of love

and

light.

 

So thankful…

For all those years

I blew out every candle.

 

What do I wish for now?

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More time.

 

 

 

Creeped out

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71: Creepy

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I have one old example and one new example of creepy for this week’s challenge…

Inside Creepy

It was mid-morning on my day off.

I was sitting at the dining room table minding my own business. That is to say…finishing a mug of coffee and reading the local newspaper. A luxury I looked forward to.

Quiet. Peaceful. The sun shining outside…throwing a shaft of light through the window into the room.

I was all alone.

Or so I thought…

Until I noticed a soft buzzing sound that didn’t seem to make sense. I looked out the window. Nobody there. The street…empty.

I went back to reading. But I couldn’t concentrate. The buzzing grew louder…like the sound of blowing through paper folded over a comb. It seemed to be coming from above. I glanced at the ceiling and as my eyes shifted to the corner, I saw something moving.

Something dark with tiny skinny legs (?) and maybe a wing (?). Poking down from the corner of the ceiling. Trying to join me while I finished my coffee. Making its way through the wallboard between the dining room and the second floor.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed a dark discoloration extending from the corner out a few inches. And as I got nearer to the squiggling grossness, the buzzing increased.

I was…alarmed…to put it mildly.

I called the local exterminator, who arrived within the hour.

It turned out to be a wasp…

And, as we discovered later when we repaired the ceiling, a wasp with a large family in a very creepy nest…

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Outside Creepy

Low tide at the ocean usually reveals all kinds of hidden treasures.

During a walk along the beach one day this summer, I discovered – amongst the seaweed and shells and stones – the remnants of lobster traps. Old lobster traps. Broken. Slimy. Icky.

Downright creepy in the afternoon light.

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