I hear the word pristine, and I can’t help but head back to my youth. The movie The Breakfast Club spoke for my generation and many more to follow. A timeless tale of stereotypes and the stress of teen life. It was a scene with Bender giving Clair a hard time and she flipped him the bird. His reply, “Obscene finger gestures from such a pristine girl.”
The movie had me relating with Allison (Ally Sheedy) who was desperately trying to be herself but fitting in nowhere. And Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) who was under a lot of pressure to get good grades. I was incredibly shy and wanted to belong somewhere and was in the shadow of my sister’s good grades.
The prom queen (Molly Ringwald) and the jock (Emilio Estevez) were not in my league. I was awful at sports, very uncoordinated, and like I said, I was shy, not a social butterfly. And I was far from Bender’s (Judd Nelson) character as I was the daughter of a cop and walked a straight and narrow line.
I have watched the movie numerous times and still today feel a wave of emotions from the film. It was quality film making and helped launch the members of the “Brat pack” into stardom. I randomly still quote lines from the movie and can pretty much follow along with the dialog now if I watch it. If you have not seen this John Hughes gem… I recommend you watch it!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – pristine
“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Communication is key in any relationship, but the communication must be honest too. When it is nothing but lies being told there is an erosion of trust that is so very hard to repair. Find someone willing to talk with all truth and you will have half the battle won.
For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – transitory
“I love the stories of changelings and the thought that the Fey were these ancient, capricious creatures who were tricky and dangerous. I’ve always preferred the Brothers Grimm faery tales to the Disney fairy tales.” – Julie Kagawa
Disney tales are fine, but a lot of the lore involved with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales has more realistic views of the unknown. There is both good and evil in most living things, it all depends on your point of view. While this is a picture of a cute innocent fairy, I can see someone who would think of a way to turn the tables on you for her own benefit. No one can be good all the time… ha, ha!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – capricious
That is an interesting thought to ponder… a happy poet. I do feel I tend to write better poems when I am dealing with an open wound so to speak. My hurt and pain seem to bleed right onto the page. But when it is a happy day, it seems harder to produce a sunshine and roses poem that doesn’t seem forced.
I have had my share of pain in the past and as I age there is definitely more loss in my life. These all carry strong emotions and are easier to get on paper. Having dealt with depression for many years, I find the joys just aren’t as high as the lows are deep.
So maybe there is a little truth to this quote. What do you think, can you be a happy poet?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – oxymoron
This one has me stumped. I have tried poems and stories and I don’t like where any of them are headed. Maybe I am just having a lackadaisical day after a busy week of doctor’s appointments and pool therapy. My flare is finally starting to wan a bit, not gone but better. The pain, fatigue and depression really can wear me out and zap my enthusiasm.
But I am still determined to get caught up within a day or two by the end of the month. So I hope to post at least twice a day and I can get back on track. I hope all of you readers in the United States have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for having patience with me!
If only I had a magic wand. I think I would start with about 6 to 8 extra hours a day. I could maybe get enough sleep and still have extra time to get things done. It seams I had another fibro flare with lots of fatigue and have missed posts the last couple of days. I was going good and down to only 5 days behind and then fibro struck! Now I am back to a week behind. I STILL am hoping to get caught up before June. So I may not have as many comments to make, but I promise to read all posts and hopefully be creative enough to come up with a few decent posts myself.
What would you want to do with a magic wand? Would they be world altering wishes or more individual? What would you do with more hours in a day?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wand
I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I (unfortunately) did not win the lottery either, but I have fallen behind. A little lack of momentum, too many things happening at once and just not enough hours in the day. But I am doing all I can to slowly catch up. I will state here my goal is to be on track by the start of June. I hope I am not reaching too far with that goal… I have a full two weeks yet.
But speaking of the lottery, what are three things you would do if you won a big jackpot? I would hire a construction crew to redo my house… it is 100 years old and needs a lot of TLC. I would give my daughter a share for their house and a new car. And the first thing I would do… hire a lawyer and financial advisor. You have to make sure the money doesn’t destroy you, as I have heard of other winners doing. What about you? Come on, dream a little!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lottery
Vagrant… it brings to mind a certain image and that image is often times wrong. I have now known two people who, through no fault of their own, ended up homeless, transient or vagrant.
A son kicked out by his parents was left to wander the streets in search of work and a low rent apartment. It is not easy to find work when you have no address to call home.
Another person unable to work with health conditions. He wanted to move and had to travel little by little to arrive at his destination. Living in a tent city while on a housing wait list.
Both homeless, both great people that needed someone to take a chance on them. I can say both of their stories have improved. My first friend fell in love and has a wonderful family now. My second friend just got the keys to his apartment.
I don’t know why there can’t be more low-income housing or better yet, higher paying jobs. People needing to sleep on park benches and in boxes… using all their money for a waterproof tent… making sure to sleep lightly so as not to be the victim of violence. There has to be an answer. I know there are those that abuse the good of mankind and take advantage. But there are so many who just need a chance. Remember vagrants are people too.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – vagrant
Ziggy Marley, ZZ Top, Zac Brown Band, (Frank) Zappa… Ziggy Stardust, Zero to Hero, Zebras and Airplanes… Zither, Zorro (musical 2008), Zombie Prom (musical 1997)… zany choices.
One music type I haven’t really talked about that I am a fan of is swing. One of my favorite songs is the song Zoot Suit Riot but Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. It is a great upbeat song. I had the pleasure of seeing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in concert before the pandemic hit. It was also one of the many music styles my Dad would listed to, and he had a couple of BBVD CDs. Take a minute to enjoy a musical riot…