#SoCS May 21, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “clear.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

20-05-2022

Our monsoon season usually starts in the first week of June. We get occasional rains in May, they are pre-monsoon rains. But this time, the days have been cloudy since the 11th and it has been raining a little almost every day. We were all wondering why this was happening. There was a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal and it was said the cloudy weather and the rain were due to that. But the cyclone came and went and from 18th evening it has been raining heavily and almost continuously till today evening. We felt as if we were in the middle of the monsoon season. Then we read in the papers the explanation for these rains by a scientist from the meteorological centre. I needed a clear head to understand it 😊.

There was rain and wind. Many fronds of the coconut trees fell. The branches of many plants were bent due to the weight of water. My husband cleared the garden by keeping the fronds outside our garden wall. Some of our neighbours use them as fuel. But now they can be used only when they are completely dry.

Writing about clearing I remember my paternal grandfather. He was a teacher all his life. After retiring, he lived mostly with  my father’s elder brother and with us. I learnt to love books because he read aloud stories from the epics to us. This was almost fifty years ago but I can picture him sitting on the cane chair and us listening with great interest. He was a very methodical person and believed that there was a place for everything and things should be kept in their places 😊. My father’s books in the cupboard were always in order and his files neatly labelled. Something from them has come down to me too but I have not yet got around to labelling our files. 😊

It is interesting that one word can be used in so many ways. No wonder there are misunderstandings when people do not explain themselves clearly. A single problem which should have been as clear as the sky is blue, is interpreted differently by different people. Relationships turn sour, people lose contact and families break up, because of ego problems. Why don’t people sit together and talk frankly about the concerned issues? The air can be cleared so easily. Maybe this is too simplistic 😊.

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.

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