Visit to Dallas

A day before, we travelled to Dallas. My son had to attend a conference and not wanting to stay alone, my grandchildren and I came along with him. We are staying at Springhill Suites and straight ahead is the Dallas World Aquarium. Yesterday the kids and I, we were on our own. The younger two and I, left the elder one to his studies. The middle one, Sn did whisper to me, “He is not studying, he is playing games on his laptop.” I ignored it as H didn’t want to come with us.

We didn’t wait for the shuttle to take us, so we crossed over to the Mall on foot. This Mall also houses Legoland. Actually the younger one wanted to visit Legoland, but there was a rush of people and the tickets they were giving were for 5pm. Instead I bought the tickets for the Aquarium.





Sn is pressing a Star Fish with a finger.

After having lunch the kids wanted to go to the swimming pool. Although I was tired, I went along with them to keep an eye. I did well to accompany them, as later on they were hitting each other with towels, and I B being tired started crying.

I use my iPad for taking photos, but yesterday I also used my old Kodak for taking pictures. I can’t use those pictures because the cables for connecting are back home in Peshawar. I forgot to bring them as usual.



Daily Prompt: What’s the one luxury you can’t live without? Show Luxury.

You have everything in life
Money, house, expensive car
All those luxuries that go with life
But the greatest luxury
You cannot do without
Is Health

Health is a Luxury
You cannot do without
Other things pale
No health, you fadeout

Photo by Sheen

Regrets, I’ve had Few

View across the Hudson River. Photo by Sheen.

Regrets, there are always
They haunt me and pursue
Decisions that I made
They were quite a few

I was young and growing up
Not sure where it will lead to
At that time, it looked alright
Now I cannot redo

It happened for a reason
That only God knew
Now I try to reach for happiness
And hope it will continue, I’ve had Few


Before the schools opened, we went to an Outlet Mall on Tax Free Day. My daughter in law wanted new shoes, clothes for the children. We started a bit late. When we reached there it was full of people milling around. The sun was sweltering hot, and I was already regretting on coming along. Earlier I had done my shopping while visiting Newark, New York, Long Island and New Jersey.

I tagged my son and daughter in law while they bought the needful. I love shoes and sandals and never tire of getting new ones. It is a standing joke my children need to spout and say, “Mama by now you must be having more shoes than Imelda Marcos?”
” Not yet,” my reply.
Or they sarcastically remark, ” Have you broken the record yet?”

I was lucky that day and got two lovely sandals at throw away prices. 😊. The ones I bought were, at Macy’s, for eighty five dollars or so, plus they were tax exempted. Later on I kept sitting in a shoes shop while my grandsons were getting their shoes. My son and d in law went off to make their own purchases.

Bored and waiting I glanced at other people in the store. Two of them got my attention, because they sat next to me. One was a mother with her teenage son. The mother kept on making her son try different ones, never satisfied. I imagined myself in her place. She looked harried and there were worry lines on her face. I wondered where her husband was? Whether she was by herself bringing up her son? How lonely must be life for her and how tiring?

The second person sitting next to me was a girl, probably in her early twenties. She wore a mini, off shoulders dress. It was a sort of skin fitting one. Idly I wondered how she got into it. She was wearing very high heels and I kept thinking the heels must be killing her. She kept getting up and tried different ones. I imagined myself in her place and thanked my lucky stars I was not her. Wearing the type of dress she wore, which showed all her curves, if I was wearing one like that I would have sunk right through the floor. There was no boyfriend or parents with her. She was all by herself. 😞

I tried to imagine what life must be for her. A lonely life. There were no girls with her either. She must have come on her own.

Finally my family completed their shopping and had we had lunch at a place famed for it’s Middle East cooking.

Along the way. Photo by Sheen.

I Am a Rock

Photo by Sheen

Am I a rock?
Don’t think so
Maybe look like a rock
Inside soft like a shamrock

I need all the help
Children, friends give me
When they are not available
Turn to myself limply

Try to do things
All by myself
Sometimes succeeding
Other times not

It’s a sorry state of affairs
What can I do?
Hoping for the best
I tackle the issue

Image from Google Am a Rock



If my day to day responsibilities are taken care of and I have enough money I would try to set up an Orphanage for needy children. It will require a lot of work. I am a novice, so I will have to learn how to make it work. I will start with young kids. Moulding young minds will be easy for me. Grown up kids have a mind of their own. I will have to make sure that I admit genuine recipients, and not those kids dumped by parents who want to shelve their responsibilities.

I will name this Orphanage in my husband’s name. It will be a Sadqa Jariya for my husband. Sadqa Jariya means Charity which continues even when you are no longer alive. There are good deeds which continue when a person dies.

The second option will be to award two or three Scholarships to deserving students to continue their studies. While giving the Scholarships I will make it binding upon those who get them, that they will help two students when they are able to do so.

The third option for me in my present condition is to visit cancer patients in hospitals. Spending time and taking small gifts for them is in my mind. The one and a half year my husband suffered from stomach cancer is still fresh in front of me. I hope to do so in my spare time.

Below are cartoons. Thanks to Google.




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