ONE!

This evening I took down the mobile which used to be suspended over my child’s crib.  

 

It left me overwhelmed. 

Tiny’s grown from needing help with turning to just stretching those little fingers up high while she is solidly on her feet to give those swinging toys (who would yell for their lives if only they could) some vigorous exercise…

Even though tonight’s the end of the period during which she’s been “zero” – tomorrow she’ll be one – I still find I’ve moments like these, those of utter disbelief time’s flowing by so very quickly.

Sigh…

Time. Slow down! Slow down?

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100 Word Challenge

The prompt for the 100 word challenge on Thin Spiral Notebook this week was to write 100 words without using the letter A. An absolutely brilliant prompt! Go check out the other posts here.

Tax related posts

It seems to me that August has gone by unnaturally fast…suddenly we are on the threshold of September and it’s already almost the end of another year! Perhaps the month seemed to fly by because I was finally at work (where I celebrated my first month as a working woman) and it was also my birthday month. (As I get older, these birthdays seem to sneak up on me…not that I don’t still love birthdays, but, they seem to come around way too quickly!) When I was in articleship a couple of years ago, I remember the end of August signalled the beginning of the tax season. In the firm where I worked, September meant no weekends….we worked all 30 days. (Luckily, the last September I was in the office, Facebook had not yet been blocked and the Farmville addiction was at it’s peak so it kept me quite occupied when I had no other pressing work). 🙂

On a separate yet connected note, for a while now my husband and more recently a friend have been asking me to start posting about something related to my field of education. So, starting September, I’m going to try and do a regular post on finance/tax.  Hope you tune in to that….and if you have any questions you would like to ask or specific topics you would like me to discuss, I’m VERY open to suggestions.

Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

The Mission

The two men greeted the waitress as they walked into the old diner and made their way to their usual table. It was the one way at the back, past the crooked posters of the old movies that no one bothered to set right. They had always sat at the table in the corner, underneath those two big windows that allowed the cool night breeze to blow through. For the last decade and a half, the two of them had met there, at the same time every week…come rain or shine. Even today, when Rhett knew he should have been at home with his wife, he had still made it. Going to that diner had become their thing…and he definitely didn’t want to be the one to break tradition.

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Jade sat clutching the steering wheel so tight her knuckles shone white in the darkness. Jade….people called her that because of the colour of her eyes…it had been so long since she had heard the name she had been christened with that she couldn’t even remember it anymore. But she didn’t mind, in fact she loved it. This name they had given her made her feel mysterious…sexy…even exotic sometimes. Such a leap away from how she normally evening-19912_640seemed. She was waiting in her old car with the patchy paintwork and wondered for a moment if she should have used a rented, less conspicuous looking vehicle and left hers at home. What would she do if they recognized her car? What would she do if she was made too early? She shouldn’t have risked it…she had been planning this for too long. But, she consoled herself, the clouds were thick and dark overhead and she had parked far away from the solitary working street lamp. It was safe to assume she would not be spotted.

She looked up through the tinted windows to check on the men again. It looked like they had just been served the diner’s trademark double decker sandwiches. Her stomach rumbled….waiting always made her hungry. She turned to look at the back seat…at the box that was placed there. Procuring it had been a difficult task but, she had managed it. She smiled. Things were falling in place. Soon, the others would arrive. Soon, everything would be done…

She looked at her watch…it was 8.45 pm. The time had come. Getting out at last, she carefully picked up the box that had laid on the back seat of her car and looked around. Almost everyone else had arrived. She frowned as she realized that so many were late but, she couldn’t afford to wait. It looked like the men were almost through with their meal. She would have to make do with the number available. But, still, there were too many of them to enter through the main door without arousing suspicion. She was glad she had an understanding with Lou, the head chef. He would let them in through the back door…that man would never know what hit him. The very thought made her laugh…

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The two of them licked their fingers as they took the last bites of their deliciously juicy sandwiches. Rhett had eaten his way too fast and had developed a case of the hiccoughs. But, Cyrus looked like he could eat another one and almost made to call the pretty waitress to take his order before Rhett stopped him.

“Since when have you got a bottomless pit instead of a stomach! Look man, you can’t have another one today! I’m sorry but I need to go home…she’ll be waiting for me…you know what day it is today? You know what she would want!!”, Rhett looked at Cyrus almost pleadingly.

“I’m just hungry that’s all….Look man…this is tradition. We’ve kept up to it too…it’s got to be some kinda record Rhett!!! “, Cyrus replied sounding a little offended at Rhett’s apparent disregard for tradition.

“Yes…I know…I’m sorry…it’s just…today, I nee….”

And that’s when it happened….

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Jade and the rest of the group made their way through the greasy kitchen to the door leading to the diner. She opened up the box and lifted out the contents. She would enter the diner first, followed by the others. After all, this mission was her brainchild.

As she walked, holding the contents, she felt the excitement build. As she hoped, he hadn’t seen it coming…She had almost reached their table before he saw her…

She grinned when suddenly, there was a loud scream….

“SURPRISE!!!!!”

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This post is part of  Contest 8.. on WriteUpCafe.com<

The prompt was: There are two men sitting in the booth of a diner eating dinner together and talking. A woman sits outside in a parked car, watching them through the window. Who are they? What is their relationship to one another? What are the men discussing? What is the woman thinking? What does she do next? Write a story that opens with this scene and explores these questions.

Birthday!!

Today is India’s happy birthday. Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians!! Today is an extremely significant day for the whole nation but more importantly, it is my brother’s birthday!

All day, I’ve been trying to recollect my earliest memory of him but everything seems to be mashed together in my head. I haven’t been able to separate just one memory from the million gazillion others…I think that’s because I’ve known Anand, my brother, my entire life. I mean…the man named me! Even before I was born…before he even knew I was a girl! (No…I do no have one of those unisex names…)

Yea, we grew up fighting, tooth and nail, like most siblings with a relatively large age gap do, but today, he is my shoulder to cry on and my counselor when I’m lost. He’s my technical guru and provider of information (useless and otherwise). He gets my jokes, even though he doesn’t always laugh and I know what he’s talking about even when he is making vague references to books we have read or movies we have seen…today, my big brother isn’t really just my brother…when we turned the corner onto adulthood…the two of us became friends.

So, Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!!! Happy thirtieth dear Anand!!!!! Happy birthday to youuuuuuu!!!! Thank you for everything 🙂