Welcome to another edition of #UseYourWords. This is a monthly challenge where I am given 5-7 words or phrases to use in a poem, story or some creative writing. Since February 2014 I have had an on going story. It is hard to believe it has been almost 2 years ago that I started this but it has and I do hope you have been enjoying this as much as I have.
First let me share these delicious super easy ribs with you. After Thanksgiving we had a mess of collards left over. So I decided to take a turkey break and prepare some ribs. So with our leftover collards and some deviled eggs we enjoyed these juicy ribs.
white ground pepper
Honey Bar-B-Que sauce (sweet baby rays)
I sprinkled the seasoning on both sides and placed the ribs in a large pan. Baked on 350 degrees for 1 hour, turned them over to brown the other side and coated them with bbq sauce. Baked about 10 minutes longer and served. SUPER simple!!
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Happy birthday ~ Sarah ~ gift card ~ Christmas ~ Santa Clause ~ Ho ho ho
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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
Cindy was lost in the diary, it was Sarah's birthday and Abe had given her a gold pin to wear on her collar for church. Such an extravagant gift. She was speechless. Cindy laid the diary down and thought about the last month. It had been a whirl wind romance. She and Dillion were inseparable. She loved him with every fiber of her being and he had already told her that he loved her. She was walking on cloud 9 most days. Her children, well adults, all seemed to like him and why not, he was a likable guy. Retired, money, a home, nice car and he treated her like a queen, something their father had never done.
Cindy stood and crossed the room. Looking out the front window she could see in her minds eye the events of the previous evening. There they stood, holding each other and not wanting to let go. Finally Dillion had said he HAD to go and she needed to go in before she caught a cold. He was so thoughtful. He had a trip to go see his new grand-baby coming up in the next few days so it would be ten days before they saw each other again. TEN days?? Good grief, could she survive ten days? She laughed out loud at her own thoughts, well of course she could last ten days, she had been without him for thirty five years and survived. But that was it, she had survived all these years. She had not lived. Loved. Laughed and enjoyed life like she had these last four weeks.
For the next week Cindy kept herself busy preparing for Christmas.Buying and wrapping gifts, mailing gift certificates, and watching the children at the mall while they told Santa Clause what they hoped to find under the tree Christmas morning.
Ten days passed and Dillion would be there for dinner. She was so excited. Why did she always feel like a school girl at the thought of him, the mention of his name or seeing him across the room? Love, that was it. A love so deep and real it took her breath away, it scared her, it thrilled her, it caused her to have many a sleepless night here lately.
The evening finally arrived and everyone was set to be there. All the kids, herself and Dillion. The gifts were wrapped, the food was prepared, the house was decorated, she was groomed like never before and now she waited. When the car pulled up in the yard she almost squealed but contained herself.
He walked up the front steps, placed his Santa Clause hat on his head and rang the door bell.
When Cindy opened the door, Dillion said "HO HO HO Merry Christmas lovely lady, have you been good this year?" and Cindy giggled like a school girl. Her children all stood watching this play out and looked at one another. WHO was this woman? Could this REALLY be their mom? There were many emotions passing through them. They were happy for her, freaked out by her strange behavior, suspicious of this man, questioning the motives,questions of had she totally lost it, was mom in love, and could they handle seeing her this happy but with someone who wasn't their dad? By the end of the evening, one thing was apparent, Dillion loved their mom, she loved him, they were happy and they were adults. Who were we, the kids, to stand in the way?
That night Cindy stood upstairs staring down at the front yard. She could see his tire tracks, smell his cologne, feel his kiss linger on her lips. She was a happy woman. A blessed woman. A woman whose children had come to her and said "Mom, we're okay with this" there were no words to describe how happy she was. Would she have continued to see Dillion without her children's blessings? She wasn't sure but she was ecstatic that she didn't have to find out!
What did the future hold? All Cindy knew was that she had experienced more happiness in the last seven weeks than in the last seven to ten years and if it all ended tomorrow she would not regret one single minute.
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado
http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com/ Not That Sarah Michelle
com/ Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
com Southern Belle Charm
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
blogspot.com/ The Bergham Chronicles
blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
com Never Ever Give Up Hope
com Someone Else’s Genius
blogspot.ch Confessions of a part time working mom