Writing 101

SERIALY LOST

SERIALLY LOST

HAS ANYONE SEEN MY RINGS?

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PART TWO  

THE NIEBOURHOOD MOMS AND THEIR KIDS

In our homeowners insurance policy, the pool in our back yard had to be securely fenced, with a lockable gate, and it was. It also stated that in order to avoid any unnecessary lawsuits, all children in our pool must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian over 19. I tried very hard to stand by that rule, but, of course, there is always the exception.

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Next door to us lived a single mother and her two boys that just happened to be roughly the same age as the younger siblings visiting for the summer. They were all old enough to be somewhat responsible for taking care of the younger ones, so that I didn’t have to actually get in the pool with them, giving me the opportunity to get other household chores done. Everyone had a great time and made some great friends.

On this particular day, the pestering to be in the pool began early. I had a fair amount of activities to complete for the day so I agreed. The older kids helped the younger ones get ready and the next thing I knew the water is splashing and everyone is laughing and playing about in the pool. The sound of water splashing onto the deck and the kids laughter echoed through the house.

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As the morning rolled on into the afternoon, the temperature began to rise. Most of the nieghbourhood moms knew our rules for the pool and didn’t want to come supervise their kids, so it was just mostly the nieghbour boys and the two kids I babysat, that we’re the extras in the pool with out thier moms. Never was there a time when they were all in the pool at the same time. My ability to supervise was limited and I was unwilling to have that responsiblety.

While sitting on the deck that afternoon watching the kids, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, this little face pearing in between the bars of the gate. It was a young girl about 7 or 8 years old and I did not recognize her. By this time we had lived in the neighbourhood long enough to know who all the nieghbourhood kids were.  I wondered if she might be new to the nieghbourhood, or maybe one of the kids from a different nieghbourhood. I didn’t remember seeing any moving vans lately and normally nieghbourhood kids stay in their own nieghbourhoods, unless invited by friends from school.

I went over to the gate and began talking to the girl. I asked her waht her name was and where she was from and where her mom was. As soon as she started speaking, I knew something was just not right…

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NEXT MONDAY, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LITTLE GIRL, AND WHAT RELLY HAPPENED TO MY RINGS!

Writing 101

SERIALLY LOST

writing 101

  • Write about a loss
  • It does not need to be depressing
  • reflecting on the experience
  • What it means to me
  • How it felt
  • Why it happened
  • What changed because of it

Now here is the twist….  This post must be wrote in a 3-post series.

SERIALLY LOST

PART ONE

HAS ANYONE SEEN MY RINGS?

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The day my rings went missing.

I was standing at my kitchen sink, peering out the window while doing dishes, the  morning sun was reflecting off the water on the pool and I remember thinking that it was going to be another beautiful hot summer day. Today is going to be one of those days were I spend my entire afternoon supervising my kids and the neighbourhood kids in our pool.

Along with the neighbourhood kids, came the neighbourhood moms…

pool rules

  • If you want to swim in the pool you have to have a parent with you
  • I can only be responsible for my own kids
  • You have to follow MY pool rules, as it is MY pool
  • When I say, “it’s time to get out of the pool” that means, get out of the pool!
  • Neighbourhood kids can only be in the pool from noon till 4pm

Needless to say, I didn’t get a whole lot done during those beautiful hot summer days. Many of the summers in those years, we would have our youngest family members come and stay while they were on their school summer vacation. They were much older than my kids and in a lot of ways I surely appreciated their help and their company. We have developed great relationships with those kids, because of those hot summer days…

to be continued

NEXT MONDAY, WE’LL GET TO MEET THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THEIR MOMS!!!