“Faith or Fear”

      (A Short Story)

         Recently on a family vacation, I noticed the peaceful, relaxing

Polynesian style wallpaper in our hotel bathroom.  It looked like turtles

which always remind me that it’s safe to be myself, relax and take things

slow, knowing my true Home is with me wherever I go.

         It turns out, my young son didn’t have quite the same reaction.  

He jumped and yelled saying, “Mommy, that wallpaper is scary!”  

For my life I couldn’t understand why?  I asked, “Son, are you afraid of turtles?”

        He said, “No, it’s a Tiki man!”  When he pointed out the scary faces he saw to

me, I finally noticed them on the backs of the turtle’s shells.  

      “Oh, now I see it!”  I said in surprise and amazement.

Right away I got the impromptu lesson…Whether choosing to live in faith or

fear…life is really how we look at it.

 

-Gilda Patricia

Family United

Short Story:

        Reading the book, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stand Together!” as a family, my husband asks, “What’s the difference between wisdom and knowledge?” Not really asking, per se, but thinking they are one and the same.  

      “Oh no!” I said, “Wisdom is spiritual and knowledge is technical.”

      To which he said, “Oh well then, you’re the wise guy, Leonardo and I’m the smart ass, Donatello.  

      “Okay, yes!” I said, laughing.

      Our son then wanted to know who he was.  

      I said, “Oh, who do you think you are?”

      He looked down at the book and quickly smiled saying, “I’m Raphael the strong one!”  He kept reading innocently, “…He has big muscles-and an even bigger attitude.”

     My husband and I glanced over at each other, nodding in instant agreement, hiding our chuckles.  

    “Yes son,” I said, “you are very strong, and funny as well, like Michelangelo!”

 

A family unit,

 Of individual strengths and weaknesses,

Learning from each other,

Standing STRONG together,

And sometimes bent over from a good belly laugh.

 

-Gilda Patricia

 

Day 25-Word of the day-kinaadman (n.) meaning knowledge, wisdom.

Word High July-30 Beautiful Filipino Words

challenge set by A Reading Writer’s blog and Doodles and Scribbles

https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/word-high-july-welcome/