Daily Prompt: (Not so) far from normal.

I thought I’d have a go at this daily prompt before I jump into my bed!

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

1. I live with five snakes. I tend to forget they’re there until I realise I’ve lost a visitor on the way to the kitchen for coffee, then return to find them hiding behind a plant, gibbering.  Nine times out of ten, they leave having spent hours playing with one of them. The remaining case drinks their coffee in the garden.

2. I am a ridiculously easy person to please. The three L’s dictate my life: Love, Laughter and Literature. I get endless pleasure out of the simple things that you just can’t buy:  things like the smell of English breakfast teabags, a luminous, blue winter sky and the sun on my face, the thrill of jumping in autumn leaves, singing my lungs out and getting into a bed made up with fresh linen and reading a book before falling asleep. My high point last week was seeing Rugby-boy’s ecstatic reaction when he found out he was going to meet his favourite team and be on the pitch when they started the match. Priceless, unique, unforgettable joy.


This is enough to get M.M firing on all six cylinders.


3. I often delve into my memory and think back to when I was small and didn’t even realise that the world around me isn’t always pleasant. I often yearn to regain that childhood faith and innocence. To erase anything negative from my hard disk and unlearn certain harsh realities that have turned life’s experience sour for me on occasions. As I can’t, whether it’s right or wrong, I am trying to protect my children from these realities for as long as I can.


4. One day I would like to invent a full range of environmentally-friendly, disposable clothing for kids and break those damned shackles with Candy the washing machine. Answers on a postcard, please.


5. I’m a magician. All I have to do is look at a plant and it dies. All I have to do is clap eyes on a bag of peanuts and it disappears.


6. I finally worked out what I want to be when I grow up when I was 43. Now I’m 44, I  just have to grow up.

8 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: (Not so) far from normal.

  1. I have had a day where I seemed to get caught up in negativity and it all started with a phone call and spiralled out of control……WHY? I ask myself. I liked your point about looking at your life as other people may see it. I think I have had a change of heart about today…….

    • There are days like that, I sympathise 😉 Glad you had a change of heart, too! I can’t take credit for the idea of looking at my life through other peoples’ eyes because it was WordPress who set the openening lines, but I do believe that counting your blessings is a good way to deal with the blues 🙂

  2. 6. I finally worked out what I want to be when I grow up when I was 43. Now I’m 44, I just have to grow up.
    I know that one, although I’m not sure I’ve worked out precisely what I want to be when I grow up. I do feel more grown up than I used to though.

  3. I love the list of simple things that please you, Mrs Easily-pleased. 🙂

    “I’m a magician. All I have to do is look at a plant and it dies.” Snap!

  4. I can look at plants too and they die. My grandmother and both sisters had green thumbs but not me. For that reason, all the plants in my house are silk. I thought I knew what I wanted to be when I was 7. I held on to that dream and spent many years pursuing it. Now, I’m 53 and I don’t have a clue what I want to be when I grow up. Life is funny.

    • Looks like there must be some kind of genetic selection applied to green thumbs, otherwise humanity would be taken over by John Wyndham-style triffids. When I was seven I wanted to be an actor…. I was told at school that it wasn’t a real job, it was a hobby. Retrospectively, I think I should have tod them to get a life.

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