What’s His Story

This week’s 1st Writesphoto prompt.

My Response:

Looking at you, I have more questions than answers.

When were you made? Who made you? Why were you built here?

At first I asked you these questions everyday I passed you, but you remained silent. Eventually, I quit wondering. Eventually, you just blended into the scenery. But here I am looking at you again and wondering what in the world is your story. But maybe you’ve been answering me all along. Maybe the clues to your story are staring me in the face. Maybe it’s like with charcoal rubbings on tombstones, a technique my mom told me about a few days ago as we meandered through the town cemetery. Maybe if I take a piece of paper and put it over the blue part in the middle of your body the words of your story will appear as charcoal darkens the paper; then again, maybe your story is whatever I want it to be.

Maybe you were a school project. Maybe the older kids built you for the younger kids to play on. Maybe you were meant to be a symbol. All I can say for sure is that only the core of your body is rusted out; your swings are still in tact. Maybe that’s a clue to your story. Maybe that means that your past doesn’t mattter. Whatever brought you here to this place is less important than the fact that you are here today and still offering children an opportunity to swing. You are a symbol of how the past is gone and what matters is the present. However we get to where we are, what matters the most is what we do while we’re here.

This Little Piggy

My Number 1 tip to new bloggers is to take part in blogfests and blog challenges. They provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch writing muscles, find inspiration, meet new bloggers, gain new readers, and grow as a blogger.

I mention this because today’s scheduled topic is blogging and my writer’s-group blog, 1st Writes, is now offering our own weekly challenge! (I’ll call it 1st Challenge for now.) Every Monday a new photograph is posted and readers are encouraged to share their response (if they are inspired) in a post on their blog. Everyone is welcome to participate. All we ask is that you leave a link to your response on the 1st Challenge post.

Do you know of a blog or blogger that keeps track of upcoming blogfests and/or challenges? If so, please share in the comments! Having a one-stop blogshop for blogfests and/or challenges would be very handy!


Speaking of  1st Challenge, here is my response to this week’s photo!



What an interesting little creature!

He’s short and pink just like me!

I wonder if he smells like me too? I move in as close as I can to the wires separating us.

He must have the same idea because he’s also right up against the fence.

We’re nose to nose now. He smells a lot different. I’m not sure I like it.

As I contemplate his smell, shifting and sorting the different scents, he suddenly sticks his tongue out and licks my snout!

What a daring little human!

I’m not sure how to deal with this. Is it rude if I don’t lick him back?