#SoCS March 7/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “figure.” Use the word “figure” any way you’d like. Have fun!

We were at a book shop buying books as gift to a little girl. My son bought a Junior encyclopedia for his nephew and coloring books for his niece. One of the colouring books had different geometrical shapes. They reminded me of enjoying geometry in school. But all other branches of mathematics filled me with dread. Those figures were the bane of my life.

The word bane came to mind because I had been re-reading some parts of The Lord of the Rings. It is one of my favourite books. I read it for the first time in 1994. Our son has Retinitis Pigmentosa from birth. I love books and I did not want him to miss out the world of books. I read to him from the moment he could understand books. In fact, I lived my childhood again with him. In 1994 he was in class 4. I started reading to him Lord of the Rings. It took us forty days to finish the book. He loves the book and has a very good BBC adaptation of the book.

Coming back to mathematics, solving compound interests filled me with terror. I found it very difficult to figure out how to solve the problems. After passing class 10, we could opt for our choice of subjects. My first act was to drop mathematics from my life 😊. I had been waiting for the day.

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 used to 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. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. 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.


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