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“Look at life through the windshield … not the rear-view mirror.” – B. Baggett.


I have never run through a field of wildflowers screaming.
I have never enjoyed a cup of instant coffee.
I have never liked the look of liquid paper on a page.
I have never gotten blind drunk.
I have never liked the taste of raw tomato.
I have never thought I was good enough to be a writer.
I have never won a running race.
I have never liked the saying: “The grass is always greener on the other side”.
I have never liked the way I look.

I have been handed a bunch of wildflowers, that were mostly weeds, by a chubby handed little boy—and my heart screamed with happiness.

I have hand-ground freshly roasted coffee beans, brewed espresso shots and sipped that concoction with my eyes closed.

I have saved writing drafts, calling them version .1, then .2, then .3 and so on, then enjoyed looking back to see where I have come from.

I have experienced being drunk on life.

I have served raw tomato to my children from an early age. Because I do not presume just because they grew in my womb that they have the same tastes that I do.

I have realised that sometimes you just need to ignore your critics.

I have never won a running race but that doesn’t mean I feed my kids lame lines about participation being THE most important thing. No. Winning is important. Striving to do your best IS important. I don’t care if they win the running races of life, but I hope they win at the things that are important. Career. Love. Life.

I have always loved the saying “…that if you think the grass is greener on the other side, maybe you should be spending your time watering your own effing grass.”

I have really got to get over that. One day.





This post is dedicated to Bookboy. Thank you for a writing prompt that challenged my mind: I ran through a field of wildflowers screaming.

7 Responses to “the haves and the have nots”

  1. Quadelle says:

    Wow. I love it. Really.
    Also a wee bit jealous. You so can write.

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  3. bookboy says:

    Nice work! Glad to have played some part.

  4. Carla says:

    Thank you! I’m sure Quadelle agrees it was a challenging prompt! Had me stumped for awhile :) lol

  5. Kyle Flanigan says:

    “I have never enjoyed a cup of instant coffee … I have never gotten blind drunk” – so refreshing (no pun intended) to hear this! Love the final quote too, it really epitomizes pessimism and optimism in one.

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