Reena’s Xploration Challenge- To My Granddaughters

I took the image and suggested prompt below and turned it on its head. As my blog’s primary purpose is to offer my views to my granddaughters, my interest is in their futures as truly strong women who believe in themselves. I would fail them if I suggested a vantage point, that I completely disagree with that suggests they should feel aggrieved or behave like entitled ‘victims’ of imaginary forces SO some may be offended. Hey… so be it.

The picture above seeks to capture your heart,
On terms now used more often to split us apart.
Women are special in their own beautiful design.
Their different abilities from men work just fine.
Equity tells us we need the same results,
It’s our diversity and efforts that term truly insults.
Our sizes and shapes don’t need to conform.
In Nature uneven potential’s the norm.
If you lift up a frog, it won’t learn to fly
Because all his value is swimming, that’s why.
Our potential is honored by being treated the same,
Not by deciding who gets a boost in the game.
Equality tries to promote sunny days
For everyone hoping to shine their own ways
But well-meaning people take an odd pride,
Thinking working achievements require a ‘ride’.
When fudging one’s gifts or in granting a perk,
Equity values no claim to your own work.
You’re not entitled to be all the same height.
It’s your equal chance to grow that’s your right.
The big no-brainer is we aren’t all the same.
Embrace your own talents for winning your game.
Equity enforces shortcuts chosen for some they enhance.
Equality promises you’ll all get a fair chance.

Simply Six Minutes- Mighty Me

Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

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Samson was a shy little guy.
The other kittens laughed at him, even hurt him, sometimes.
They made fun of his big strong name making him cower from pitiful shame.
Then one day he awoke with a new battle plan. He vowed to just be ‘whatever I am’.
He ignored all those bullies and didn’t recede by simply asking for the things he would need.
He got what he wanted and found their good grace with pride in his gentleness and awesome cute face.
It was no more fun to bother him now. They couldn’t decide who HE was ‘cuz “WOW”.
He’d done that.
You can click on the link in each post to enjoy what others did with the prompt.
Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 04/06/2021 – Stine Writing (

Big Kid Day… the Proposal

I believe there is a formative age group who needs a boost. Kids ages 5 through 10 are often overlooked until they act out.

I’d like to propose a Big Kid Day. It would coordinate with the very first day of school every September (or late August).

Special stickers could be handed out with a “Hurray for Big Kids!” theme.

  • Big kids help out little kids in need.
  • Big kids help parents with chores.
  • Big kids save older folks steps by being “go-fors”.
  • Big Kids have Big Kid Power!

That’s right! Kids from 5 through 10 can become super heroes if we encourage them.

                                 Big Kid Power

Not so long ago

I was just like you.

A little bit nervous

About what to do?

All was so different,

Kids everywhere.

I’d heard about bullies,

I hoped they weren’t there.

Some kids were shouting,

All of them tall,

I kept to myself

And walked down the hall.

One Big Kid stopped

And gave me a grin,

He walked me to class

And helped me get in.

Now on the first day

Of school ever year,

I look for a small one

With eyes full of fear.

I remember my moment,

Now I’m the Big Kid.

And pass on the kindness

That my Big Kid did.

Your Super Bowl moment…

Sports metaphors are my favorites. In my opinion, American football is the best sport! We can tackle a problem or punt. We can choose a good offense or a stiff defense in our approach to life and the idea of penalties for fouls (especially personal ones) speaks for itself.

Each of us have moments of which we are most proud. I call these my Super Bowl moments. A Super Bowl moment is defined by a daunting task that we take on and, against the odds, prevail. You know, like the New york Giants handing the New England Patriots their heads a few years ago 🙂 (I am a Giants fan!)

One of my Super Bowl moments came after my grandfather’s death. I wanted to speak grand words on his behalf, as well as, the behalf of my grandmother and mother. As it happened, I was on a summer retreat to our forest camp. I spent many tearful hours composing a memorial statement in the form of a poem. Finally, I found the right words. The only thing left was to find the calm and courage to recite it at the funeral. Talk about getting mentally prepared…I kept telling myself that this would be my personal Super Bowl moment and crying was NOT an option. The day came and when the pastor asked, “Does anyone want to speak?”, I stood up promptly and delivered a message that made everyone proud. I was even approached by the attendants from the funeral parlor who thought that I had done very well to memorialize a loved one. (Heck, they see so many services I was flattered!)

(I will add a copy of the poem to this post. I don’t have it handy.}

My goal is to remind my readers of their Super Bowl moments…I’d like to hear them. I expect to win another “ring” in my future. I’m sure I’ll know when the “game” is ON!