#SoCS-Jan. 2nd

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “in the corner.” Write about whatever the image or thought of “in the corner” brings to mind. Have fun!

2-1-2021

I usually associate the words ‘in the corner’ with squares, rectangles and other such figures which have corners. But when we think about desires or wishes deep in our mind or heart, we use the phrase ‘in the corner of our mind’. It is not wrong but I find it a little amusing because I cannot think of the mind as having corners.

Anyway, for long a wish in the corner of my mind was to see New Zealand. In the seventies, in school, my friends and I devoured Mills and Boons 😊. At that age we took them so seriously. One of my favourite authors was Essie Summers. Later while going to college in Mumbai, life was heaven because of the many lending libraries. We had to pay a minimal amount for the books. I had to travel for an hour in the local train from home to college. In those three years, in the train, I read countless books. In the libraries I got the Essie Summers which I had not got earlier. All her stories are set in New Zealand. And the place seemed like heaven on earth. I could never go to New Zealand but it did not really matter because I got to see so many other places. And I think it is good if some dreams remain as dreams. It teaches us that we cannot get all that we want 😊.

Last year, at this time we were in Amritsar, in the Golden temple. We had long wanted to see it. We reached there on the 2nd. Our hotel was very near the temple. That day happened to be GuruPurab of Guru Gobind Singh, his Birth anniversary. and we were lucky to be part of the celebrations. Eating Kada Prasad and Langar was an amazing experience. We will always remember those days. We left home on the 1st and returned on the 9th. And in those days, there was not even an inkling in the corner of our minds that life would change so much and  a virus would show us, that humans are not the supreme beings they think they are.  The new year has started and we will all be praying for better days.

I would not like to end without mentioning Dennis the Menace 😊 How I loved his antics and he was always sitting in the corner as punishment. He made life very difficult for his parents. Today’s prompt reminded me of him. Dennis the menace, Phantom, Mandrake and other such comic books were precious parts of childhood.

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. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. 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.

10 comments

  1. Reading is a great way to travel, and I remember comic books, too! 🙂

    I am hopeful this new year will be better for everyone. This past year brought so much pain to so many. Things will take time to heal, and there are still many adjustments to make.

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  2. I have so many fond memories of reading on vehicles. Even last January I would read books on the subway and buses here on the way to work. There’s something so nice about traveling in a book in one’s mind while one’s body travels somewhere else. As it is below zero and snowy here I think riding a Mumbai local train sounds so lovely now.

    Not long after the pandemic started here Sage and I missed riding the subway and reading so much we found some audio from a subway ride and put that on and then would sit on the couch and read with that audio playing. It felt comforting.

    I really enjoyed looking at your photos from Amritsar last year. I felt like my own trip had ended too soon so it was nice to be able to keep going in my mind. Like you I also didn’t see this coming. And then when it did I thought it would be quick. I remember thinking our government was really strange to think that schools would start again in just a couple of weeks – I thought things would take at least 4-5 weeks to get back to normal. I thought I was being a pessimist but I was, as usual, being an optimist.

    Funny – “In the corner” also made me think of Dennis the Menace style punishment. I knew that some people did that but that kind of punishment wasn’t something I had to do. Instead I was often sent to my room. That didn’t seem like punishment though – I’d just go read a book!

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