Throwback Thursday ~ No: 25

Topic: Mentors and Role Models

I chose ‘three’ women from my past who believed in me,

encouraged me and reiterated over and over to ‘never give

up in life’.

The first is the ‘park lady’, a woman who during summer

months spent her days teaching youth who never had the

opportunity to go on an actual vacation with parents. an

assortment of crafts.

This young woman taught me how to sew. Two summers

in a row at the conclusion of the summer program’s special

event I won ‘first’ place ribbons for the skirts I’d hand-sewn.

It was the beginning of a fun hobbie for me. Several years

I took night courses at the local vocational high school

(Sewing101 thru Advanced Sewing & Tailoring).

‘What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to view dresses

I’d sewn for special occasions on display at the school’s craft fair’.

Later in life I pursued the art of quilting, an excellent

choice to use up one’s 100 percent cotton remnants.

The second person who influenced my life was a

business teacher who watched me, a young teen

with great potential, suddenly become a no-show

for class resulting in a drastic drop in grades.

She kept me after class one day and inquired to what

was different in my life. I had moved and started hanging

with the wrong crowd.

Her words were truly the wakeup call I needed to hear.

Someone actually cares about me.

From that day forward I vowed to never be truant again and

hand in ALL assignments on time.

Last on my list of whom to thank is an elementary teacher who

graduated with me each year. On Saturday mornings she taught

a French class from home and I was able to go ‘free of charge’.

She was there for me thru high school and beyond even attended

my wedding.

Each year she’d send me a beautiful Christmas card. Many times

she’d write words I so needed to hear with regard to perseverance

in my life.

“You’re such a smart young woman; please don’t ever give up on

yourself.”

My life has not been a bed of roses. On occasion I share bits and

pieces.

As I’m taking this trip down memory lane typing away tears are

streaming down my face.

I thank God for those ladies who influenced my life in a positive

manner.

Older and much wiser I know who does and doesn’t have my best

interests at heart.

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Sunday Writing Prompt “Life Changing”

I think back to elementary school years and a special teacher who took interest in

me and my home life situation. 

By today’s standards I definitely grew up in a dysfunctional family. 

This teacher graduated with me each year as she moved up to teach the next grade.

On Saturdays she held French classes in her home and I was able to attend free of

charge – yes, the poor of the parish with hand-me-down clothes, a father who 

drank away his weekly paycheck leaving only enough money for bare necessities  

and a mother who people referred to as different. 

Years later after graduation from high school I included this teacher on my 

wedding invitation list. 

She did attend the church ceremony; however she passed on the afternoon

reception.

For years each Christmas she sent me a beautiful card – inclusive were 

words of encouragement.

I presume she saw in me what I didn’t see within myself – power to succeed

and from best I can recall she wrote ‘never give up on your dreams no matter

your age’.

I managed to accomplish quite a bit within my life amid personal struggles.

In the early 70s while in conversation with the primary builder of my 

marital home I mentioned a dream goal I’d hope to attain in the future.

The man’s response was nearly the same wording as my favorite teacher

from elementary school. 

Sadly dreams don’t always come true; however, I learned to substitute and 

be thankful for that which I was able to accomplish. 

The alternative for my craft shop was a stay-at-home sewing venture that

supplemented my fixed income.

From 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. I’d sew dancewear and 

custom made-to-order outfits. 

The hand-made items were sold to people I knew, online and at my 

hometown’s yearly craft fair.

In year 2017 totally retired from crunching numbers and sewing for $$ I started

blogging more and during the past few years made some nice virtual friends.

Sitting at the kitchen table this morn eating breakfast I reflected on a few of the

morning reads.

At my age I’m not certain if I wish to continue blogging in hopes of publishing a

book before the Lord calls me home.

Perhaps blogging and being able to place the word ‘writer’ following my name is

as close to being an author that’s in God’s plans. 

It’s not that I’m giving up 100 percent – more like I need to do what makes

me happy.

Thus I have thought of returning to my love of crafts in hopes of earning a

few extra bucks.

Sunday Writing Prompt “Life Changing”

 

 

 

 

Writing Prompt Day 14: Writing Weirdos

Chosen photo
Image description fore'er me
Emotional prison n'er be escapee

Creative hobby
Free 30-day challenge media born
Thankful attendee gal sad 'n forlorn

Years therapy
Professional expensive
Discover penned words curb feelings apprehensive 

Writing whenever
Trail thoughts flow
Newfound places self go

Poetic preference
ABC, Acrostic, Haiku, Tanka
Rhyming ends this portion "Thank Ya".

GREAT RESPECT FOR:

Writers
Literary formats
Contributors various
Hermit-like thru gregarious  

Wordsmiths
Skillful
Expressionists
Fluent linguistics.

© 2019 June Quintin

July 2019 Writing Prompts

Followers: An ABC Poem

A ctual admirers considered   
B lessings time allot interact 
C ountless hours read 'n write
D evotees to blogging world 
E arn respect thru hard work daily 
F riendships treasure each and all 
G lad to read multitude of topics 
H ear meanings read between lines
I ncrease of followers slow okay
J oy brought via likes and comments
K indness express to senior citizen
L oyal weekly readers I 'Thank You'
M emories lifetime treasure
N aNoWriMo participant
O lder and younger inclusive
P urchase followers never 
Q uietly wait for numeric 
R ange increase higher
S upporters time of assistance
T rue friendships developed here
U niversal writers near and far
V arious comments leave on posts
W ise beyond years still young in age
X ceptional in number of attributes
Y earn for word 'author' following name
Z ealous search for knowledge

© June Quintin 2018

Cottonball Caricatures

Contrary boondoggle
Creative writing useful

Ladies' morning meeting fest
Topic discussions slight grotesque

Boast not 'bout own everyday life
Depart paperwork shopping ahead strife

Thoughts come'n go daily prompt write
Remain calm eventual conquer words blight

Popcorn kernels extreme hot pop
Enlarge transform figurative distorts

Pastas select boil surprises
Selection normal increase sizes

Bakery bread dough daily rises
Customers wait in line yum prizes

Found personal life happier be
Write combat depression and anxiety

Surprise find attain premium success
Organic followers count goal God Bless!

Picture search female head cottonball round
Available only require payment dollars found

Frugal gal wish not disappoint self'n newbies
Address conquer problem usage alphabetic series. 

© 2018 June Quintin

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Friendships Come – Friendships Go

Trustworthy pals
Opportunist casuals

Facial expressions
Camouflage deceptions

Hornswoggling hellos
Gut instincts follow

Routine dream players
Consistent heart-breakers

Doubtful succumb handsome charms
Watchful observation sound-off alarms

Flawless performances thou heed
Wary romantic semblances foresee

Insidious characters await opportunes
Stealthily vulnerable genuines consume

Empath's knowledgeability full intact
Dismissal routine requests pass-fail test

Once promises broken hurtful gut-wrenchers 
Unspokens possible signs potential betrayers

Think back high school days friends true versus fakes 
Some let go no regrets, faithful kept close no mistakes.

© 2018 June Quintin