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One grave belongs to my cat, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The other is a grave in New Orleans

It’s funny how these places where we leave our dead remain the center of our lives for so long- we visit them, care for them and as time goes by we leave them to their new homes and say how beautiful their resting place is.

Besides:  They have a new family among the dead.

Maybe we stay away after a spell because we’re jealous of that.

I will be honest.

I am.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Daily Post: Center

 

It Really Was That Simple

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Now days when something goes wrong, we hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete- or we pull the plug and reset.

Back in the day- we jiggled it.

We jiggled electrical cords, Rabbit Ears ( google it ), we jiggled our loose teeth and the handles on vending machines and with the right touch you could jiggle a pinball machine and score points. We jiggled the dials and buttons on our TV sets and phones.

We even jiggled the loose change in our pockets.

Jiggling use to  solve a lot of  our problems.

Those were the good old days.

Daily Post: Jiggle

Snapdragon

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

” I liked  you better, ” my Dad said to me when I was a teenager and we were arguing about something- which was odd because I wasn’t the type of kid to argue, which when I think back on it is what probably made him even angrier- ” when you were small.”

” And I like you better when I don’t have to be in the same room with you! ” I shouted back.

Later on the freeze was still on and my Dad said as I walked by, ” You know, you used to wait up for me to come home from work. I’d look in at you and your eyes were always opened. Even when you were a baby.”

I couldn’t imagine being that sweet and adorable. I couldn’t imagine that I had ever really felt affection for anyone at that stage in my life.

” I hope I NEVER have kids. ” I snapped.

 

I still wonder what went through my Dad’s head when I said that- if he remembered it when I told him I had planned on adopting my stepsons because I had no plans to ever have any children ‘ of my own. ‘

My Dad and I weren’t close as I grew up but  in the last 6  years of his life I actually started to like him I enjoyed spending time with him, our talks about science .

He was actually a wonderful Grandfather.

So I hope he didn’t think about what I said that day.

I’ve done enough of that for the both of us.

 

Daily Prompt: Baby

 

 

Photo: A.M Moscoso

Photo: A.M Moscoso

 

 

Aria

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

” I don’t see the color of you skin, I see you. I see Anita ” some of my white Progressive friends have said to me.

” I’m not a racist, I hate everybody. ” some of my Republican friends have said to me.

” I’m tired of standing here and helping you feel better about your narrow views that you keep in your narrow little boxes buried deep in  your narrow little brain ” I want to say to them. ” Who do I look like, your Mommy? Your dog? Some other creature that loves you unconditionally no matter what falls out of your mouth and lands at my feet like some giant gross booger?”

But their words slur together – like musical notes-  waiting for their standing ovation when they are finished.

 

Daily Prompt: Slur

 

It Pretty Much Started Here

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When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be a Werewolf.

Not just any old werewolf.

I also  wanted to fly my own Spaceship, marry Captain Kirk and live in Transylvania.

 

I told just about anyone who would listen what my plans were- including my Kindergarten Teacher.

We were supposed to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up and so I did.

I thought it was a great picture.

So did  my best friends Linda, Bonnie and Laurie.

 

 

My teacher sent me home with a note pinned to my jacket.

 

My Mom read it and then she read it to me.

 

” Anita has some severe emotional and mental problems. Please schedule a conference as soon as possible “.

 

My Mom asked me what I did this time and I told her.

 

” She told us to tell her. So I did. ”

 

My Mom handed me the note and told me to draw what I drew at school. She wrote something under it and the next day she pinned the note to my jacket and sent me to school with my Archie lunchbox and umbrella- which I learned from one of my favorite tv shows ” The Avengers” could be used as a weapon.

I always carried my Umbrella even when the Sun was out.

Always prepared- that was me.

 

My Teacher unpinned the note when I got to school and I remember the look on her face when did it- she was smirking.

Though at the time I thought it was a mean face and I was sure I was about to get into trouble now.

 

My Teacher read the note and  on it was my little werewolf face and under it- my Mom told me later- was written:

” Anita is set on building  monsters in her kitchen. She’s pretty serious about it.  So don’t worry about the Werewolf thing.  I think She’s pulling your leg.”

 

My teacher folded the note, she pushed my desk from the middle of the room to the back of the room and  I’m pretty sure she ignored me from that day forward.

 

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Open My Eyes

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

This was painted on one of those temporary walls they put up at construction sights.

I’m not sure what is says, but it’s pink and the creature in it is fierce.

I like both of those things.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

This is my dog, Hamish Macbeth.

Hamish hates my phone- this is what he does to  me when I’m using it.

He reminds me of the looks my Mom gave me when I was laying on my bed  listening to my music full blast on my headphones and I’d open my eyes and…

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

I took this at Women’s March in Seattle in January.

I like the way everyone looks sort of ghostly except for the message.

I’m not sure if that is good or bad.