#SoCS June 22/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “leaves.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

Leaves are so fascinating. They come in different sizes and shapes and shades. And they are the life lines of the plant world. Each one is beautiful in its own way. Rains have started in our place and the leaves are looking so green and fresh. Our summer was very hot and dry. The leaves were looking so sad. On top of it, mud was being transported from the land behind our house. The dust settled on the leaves and it looked as if they could not breathe. We used to water the plants but it was not enough to clean them. But the rains have changed everything. I have noticed there are many yellow flowers and they look more beautiful against the background of green leaves. I love to watch the sun-birds flying from one flower to the next.

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Leaves remind me of those dry leaves which the bulbuls collect to build their nest. They have tried to build them between the tubelight bulb and the holder. I really could not understand why they thought they could build a nest there. The leaves kept falling down but they persisted for so many days. I was worried whether there would be time for them to build their nest. I wonder what happened. A few years earlier another Bulbul couple had built their nest between the fronds of the dwarf variety of the areca nut tree in our garden. The eggs were laid and the pheasant crow came upon them. One morning I heard the bulbuls crying out and I looked out to see them trying to scare away the bigger bird but in vain. Since then nests have not been built there.

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When our granddaughter was a few months old she used to love watching the fluttering of leaves. They held her eyes and made her smile. I remembered her when I watched the leaves of the peepal tree fluttering gently with the breeze. This tree is in the front yard of the temple in our place. The fluttering leaves fills the heart with a sense of peace.

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“One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call.” — Tryon Edwards.

Bulbul – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulbul

Ficus religiosa – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_religiosa

Areca nut – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areca_nut

Crow Pheasant – india-birds.com
http://www.india-birds.com/crow_pheasant.aspx

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.