#SoCS & #JusJoJan 2022 Daily Prompt – Jan. 15th

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “a rainy day.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “a rainy day.” Enjoy!

Today’s prompt took me to my childhood days. Panchantantra, Jataka Tales and Aesop’s Fables added magic to those days. Ant and the Grasshopper was a loved story. I checked in Google whether the ant stored for a rainy day or for winter. It stored for winter. But a rainy day is suitable to my place because we do not have a winter but do have  lots of rainy days. We see different types of ants here and they are always busy. I keep dishes with food on plates with water on the kitchen ledge. We can never tell when the ants feel like tasting the food or carry it away for hoarding. Twice I had to throw away bowls of rice. They were full of ants!

Like the ants we too save for the rainy day. It is scary to think about future without any savings. In the last two years, so many had to use their savings, there was no work. Now there is work, but very little savings. It is difficult to make ends meet. Coronavirus changed lives of people all over the world, in so many different ways.

Our monsoon season usually starts in June and stops by late October. But this year it was raining in early December too. Since then, they have stopped completely and a rainy day seems like a dream. There is construction work going on behind our house. Concrete mixers and other vehicles go to and fro the whole day. There is lot of dust and the green leaves of trees are no longer green. They have a layer of dust on them and I wonder whether they can breathe. They must be breathing because the plants have not died. We water them but that is not enough to clean all the leaves. They are in a sorry state and have to wait till June for a rainy day to get a really good bath😊.

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

10 comments

  1. We have a lot of ants and other bugs here in the summer when I can’t even leave cat food out for more than a few minutes. Now, during our winter, we get relief from bugs for a while. I’m sorry about the dust from construction and hope Muriel is right.

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