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The sweet lure

http://gallery.yopriceville.com/Backgrounds/Lollipop_Candy_Background#.WXDf7OlLfIUIt was used as an enticement to lure her into doing the things she should when she was little. To eat all her food, to take a bath, to clean her room, sometimes even to go to school or take something to her aunt’s down the street. A lollipop of any form or taste was her temptation. Antonia could be drawn into doing almost anything if promised candy on a stick.

When she grew older though, the lollipops became less frequent. She had gained a sense of responsibility and obligation and didn’t really need a lure to do the things she knew she should. But at holidays and big events, she would always feel the urge to have one – to feel its stickiness on her fingers and its sweetness on her tongue. It was something she had associated with her childhood and with the innocence that came with it. And it was this that would accompany her own children when time came. It was a sweet lure that would progressively teach them to act without its necessity. Because everyone needs an incentive at first. And a sugary treat is something few can refuse.

 

Also part of Daily Prompt: Lollipop

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Hello world!

7 August 2012

Kermit the Frog says “it’s not easy being green”. It’s not being any colour actually. And in this day and age with the economic crisis looming over practically every nation globally, it is actually not easy being anything. Finding work is extremely hard, and keeping it is just as difficult. People end up working ridiculously long hours for a wage that is just as ridiculous, and in the end when “you pay peanuts you get monkeys!” (Sorry K, I’m stealing that! 🙂 ). It is becoming increasingly difficult not to be depressed or despaired and it’s at times like this when we just have to find the smaller things that make us smile. You don’t have to be happy all the time. But you should be smiling. Even if, as my friend says, smiling is a reflex to mask what you are feeling. Either way, people would feel better looking at smiling faces rather than gloomy ones.

So, with a smile on my face, I’ve decided to start a blog. It’s something I’ve been considering for a long time given that writing is my passion. And given the fact that I don’t have much of an opportunity to be creative with it professionally, I will be whispering my thoughts to all of you, who would honour me by listening to them, and even by sharing your own.

My inspiration for the name came from a most unusual source: a horse. Competing in the London 2012 Olympics Equestrian Dressage, Whisper is the name of the beautiful horse belonging to Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan, who is also the oldest athlete to ever compete in the Olympics, at 71 years of age. Not so much as a tribute to the man himself, but to the wonderful name for a horse, I’ve adopted it for my blog. Just for the sake of noting, Whisper ranked 40th in the Individual Dressage Grand Prix, but together with its rider made Olympic history.

There are many issues on our minds on a daily basis. However small or large they may be, significant or trivial, I believe it’s better to express them. Let your thoughts flow out, rather than keep them locked up and risk erupting like a volcano at some point. So it is here that I will be sharing my thoughts. And I do hope you will contribute too. Although I do agree that “it is better to stay silent unless what you have to say is better than silence”, I think that once you start talking, or typing for that matter, you will find there is a lot to say.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

N.B. This also answers the “Million-Dollar Question” of the Daily Prompt: Why do you blog? 

Also part of Daily Prompt: Origin Story

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