#SoCS Feb. 27, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-sty.” Find a word that ends in “-sty” or use the word “sty.” Enjoy!

There was a hillside behind our home, covered with trees, years
ago. The owners sold the land to someone and they sold it to someone else. Two years ago, the trees were cut down and the slope became a level land. Recently, work was going on from morning to evening and mud was being transported to some place.  The mud made the surroundings so dusty that we found it better to wear masks at home. There was a layer of dust inside too. The plants looked a sorry brown. Though we water the plants daily, it is not possible to remove the layer of dust on the leaves. Last Sunday, unexpectedly, it rained for more than an hour. It was raining in different parts of our state. Very unseasonal! The dusty leaves became green again. The mud is not being transported now but we do not know when work will start again.

Thinking of all the trees human beings are cutting down in the name of development I am reminded of Treebeard.

Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite books. I have read it many times in the past three decades. Last month I finished listening to its audio book. Through the course of the story, two hobbits, Merry and Pippin are carried away by orcs but they escape and flee into Fangorn, the most ancient of forests. They are thirsty and quench their thirst by drinking water from a stream. They walk on and meet Treebeard, an Ent. Ents are tree-herds like shepherds. Treebeard is the oldest ent. Treebeard says his motto is ‘do not be hasty’. The story goes on, involving trees and many other beings.

When I think of hasty, Twitter comes to mind. I do not have an account and I don’t think I will ever have one. We read in the newspaper about this person and that person posting their opinions on this platform. I feel many are so hasty in posting their thoughts without thinking whether it should be expressed or not. It has been said that it is not good to suppress our feelings but I think there should be some discretion. And if we express our opinions, we should be ready to listen to the opinions of others.

Today’s prompt has got me thinking about trees and they remind me of our visit to McLeod Ganj, a hill station in the Dhauladhar ranges, last January. We had a cold and wonderful time there. We could see the Himalayan peaks from our hotel window. They are awe inspiring. We enjoyed looking at them on misty mornings. They look different at different times of the day. But early mornings were special, the mist covered peaks looked ethereal. They will remain precious memories.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_Ganj

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 last year. 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.

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