Directions Please

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It is the one place in town everyone knows.  I guess you could say it was the town landmark.  It was the old Anderson house up on the hill looking over the whole town.  It has been there since the town was formed in 1894.  The original family was Emma and William Anderson and they, like many in those days, lost young children to disease and were never the same.

Their first born was a boy, Charles, who only survived a matter of hours when he was born premature.  Then their second child, a girl named Alexandra, died from pneumonia at an age of four.  And their third and final child was a boy named John, who succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of seven.  Each death tore them apart a little bit more so that by the time John died Emma was suffering greatly from depression and was briefly in a mental asylum to try to bring her back to reality.

William dealt better with the losses than Emma but was completely lost without her while she was institutionalized.  She came home after electro-shock treatments only to find William in worse shape than she was.  So, they hired a nurse to take care of both of them in the home.  The night they both died in their sleep is now looked at with suspicious but then they just felt they died of broken hearts.  The nurse was never seen again in town and was likely the cause of their deaths.

This was why most people avoided the house that sits there still in disrepair.  They left the house to a cousin who had no interest in it and he never visited it until towards the end of his life.  He left the house to his son who still owns the property but lives in a house in town.

The stories over the years about ghosts roaming the house and grounds looking for children kept most of them away.  Anytime a driver got lost and drove through town for directions, they were always told to drive towards the house and take a right just past it.  That is county road 16 and it will take them back to the interstate.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – landmark https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/08/fowc-with-fandango-landmark/

Musical Mix

I want to thank you all for being here to read and comment on my blog. So, the best way to say thanks is through a mix of music… I found more songs with thank you than thanks but you may know a couple of these….

First up a little old time Johnny Cash

Now I really wanted to put ZZ Top in here but that was just (I) Thank You, so we will look for a little Rock from Fall Out Boy for a song from this century…

And a special one for a friend recovering from surgery who loves Frank…

And a little rythm and blues from Ray…

Thanks again for taking the time for my blog, I promise more writing and less music next time. Stay safe everyone! (((HUGS)))

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – thanks https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/07/fowc-with-fandango-thanks/

The Promise

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“I did it, Dad!  I got a perfect score on my spelling test.  Can we go?” Tommy asked with a high level of excitement. He handed a piece of paper to his dad with a big grin.

His dad took the paper and looked over the words on it. “That is impressive Tommy.  Yes, we can go, not until you have had dinner though.”

As soon as the family finished their dinner Tommy turned to his dad, “Now Dad?”

“Yes Tommy.”

They arrived at the ice cream parlor and Tommy said, “Can I get a banana split?”

“Sure, you can,”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) split https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/06/fowc-with-fandango-split/

Perfect Family

It sits on the table

Right there

For everyone to see,

The perfect family;

But the frame

Began to tarnish.

It started when he

Picked up a bottle

Instead of turning to her.

He was troubled

By demons inside

That he tried to drown

With a little vodka.

The years proved

To make the situation worse,

Until the day

She left him.

The perfect family

Torn apart.

They just started

To work on

Patching up old wounds,

When she got the news.

He drank himself to death.

And now the perfect family

Is forever lost

Except in the frame.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – frame https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/05/fowc-with-fandango-frame/

Before He Hits Me

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She held the phone tightly and said, “I will meet you, but it has to be in public like at City Central Café.  I am off at two o’clock, so how about two thirty?”  She paused and you could see the tension growing in her posture.  Her entire body was stiff and still.  “Okay, see you then.  Yeah, I know that.”

Jennifer hung up the phone and speaking out loud to no one, she said, “Sure you still love me.  You just want to control me!  God I have been such a fool!”  She grabbed her bag, leaving  for work.

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – central https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/04/fowc-with-fandango-central/

Daddy Dearest

Frannie and Lance were best friends.  They had been inseparable since second grade.  As they began to plan for classes for their senior year of high school they got together at the local Starbucks with all their paperwork to fill out.  “What are you taking for a PE class?” Frannie asked.

“I am taking the easy way out, bowling.”

“I can’t believe that is an option.  I’m thinking about modern dance.”

“You are always bopping to some kind of music, I think that is a great idea for you.”

“I just have to come up with a way to ask Mom about the fee, that won’t be easy.”

“Your mom is golden, she will get it for you.”

“I know that but it probably means more overtime for her and I hate when she has to work so much.”

“Do you want me to get you the money so you don’t have to ask her?”

“No, Lance you know I can’t take money from you.  Do you remember what happened when Mom found out about it before?  I was grounded for a week because she said we don’t take handouts.”

“I still don’t understand why helping you is so bad,”

“My Mom is a very proud person and she works damn hard to keep food on our table.  Ever since Dad left she has been so determine to make it on her own.  God knows that man wants nothing to do with us now, so she didn’t have much of a choice left.  She doesn’t want to give him the satisfaction of watching her struggle, so she is doing all she can to stay away from handouts.”

“Your Dad sounds like such a prick!”

“Yeah, he is.”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lance https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/03/fowc-with-fandango-lance/

Working The Skein

She sat next to her mom on the couch.  Her mom was crocheting an afghan and she was holding the skein of yarn, pulling more out when needed.  She liked to “help” her mom crochet.  She could get underneath the afghan as it grew longer and make silly patterns with the yarn as she pulled it out.  But she had to be careful not to get it tangled up, mom did not like that.

That memory was crystal clear this cold winter night.  Sharon was missing the warmth of the afghan but not as much as she missed her mom.

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – yarn https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/02/fowc-with-fandango-yarn/

Mumbles … Lovebirds

I love to watch my daughter and her fiancé.  Twenty-year-old’s in love.  They have worked hard to get their new home put together the way they like it.  My daughter just posted pictures of the two of them with a Home Sweet Home plaque, the keys to their new house and pictures of the before and after work on the hardwood floors and the painting of the walls.  They both seem really happy and although they are not the kind of lovebirds that are constantly holding hands or cannot be apart for more than five minutes… they have a very mature love.  Now lets just hope this Coronavirus is all out of our systems by January when they are planning on getting married…. If her dress, we ordered back in March ever gets here.

On a completely different note.  I am sorry I got so behind.  You see… my daughter bought me a video game (Animal Crossing) and I am hooked.  Plus, I have spent the last three nights watching the peaceful protests deteriorate into riots and looting about 35 miles south of us.  There has got to be justice.  There has got to be CHANGE.  So, I have been destressing with Animal Crossing and playing with a friend and it is so easy to lose track of the time.  I just have not been on WordPress much the last few days.  But I am trying to catch up.  Slowly but surely, I will get it done.

Everyone out there stay safe… from the virus and the violence.  We need to come together and support one another right now.  Peace be with you!  (((HUGS)))

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lovebirds https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/01/fowc-with-fandango-lovebirds/

Life In The Time Of Corona virus and George Floyd

It has been a thief

Stealing away things

Minute by minute

The hours are gone

In the blink of an eye

First the pain and fever

Then it steals your very breath

It has consumed my bravery

And taken away my freedoms

And does not seem to be slowing

Leaving me tense angry

And a little confused each night

Another sleepless night

Another tear shed

We must slowly return

To as normal as we can

Or the thief will return

And take more days

Steal more lives

Make us weary of others

And put those we love in danger

We must hear the cries

Feel the anguish

And recognize the needs

There is anger there

And rightly so

He was too young

It was just SO WRONG

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – thief https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/31/fowc-with-fandango-thief/

Stella

It had been too early.  She came into the world so small.  She was only 5 pounds and 4 ounces.  She was about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.  Her mom had been released from the hospital, but it had been Stella’s first home for 3 weeks while she grew a little bit more.

Today was the day though.  She would be coming home, and mom and dad couldn’t be happier.  The nursery was ready and waiting.  They had to finish it in the weeks after she was born while waiting for this moment.  Dad was putting the car seat into the car while Mom was gathering the first clothes Stella would be wearing.

They arrived at the hospital and were so happy to be able to hold their daughter.  The doctor and nurses talked to them about all they should know and filled out the discharge paperwork.  This was it, finally, Mom, Dad and Stella all walked out of the hospital.  A happy family on homecoming day!

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – homecoming https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/30/fowc-with-fandango-homecoming/