Posted in Décima, Empowerment, Family, Life, Love, Poetry, Prompt, Relationships, Uncategorized

Her Courage Matters (Décima)

Family doomed right from the start

Plain and simple, Dad likes to roam

Pain he causes pervades the home

And Mom contains her broken heart

Safety denied, she plays it smart

Tried to escape his angry scorn

Long before a third child was born

But now the coast and skies are clear

With turbo speed, they flee in fear

Reaching the runway plane next morn

Not every woman’s story can be told, so for this day in Women’s History Month I’m recognizing those whose plight remains unknown but their strength and courage is empowering.

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Family, Life, Love, Poetry, Prompt, Rispetto, Uncategorized

Mother-Son Love

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So thankful for videos and photographs

And the simple things that make mothers rejoice

Her baby boy gurgles whenever she laughs

Always livens up at the sound of her voice

His excitement shows just how much he misses

Her cuddles, as she leans in for sweet kisses

She knew his love was so unconditional

Unlike his dad’s, which was only seasonal

©2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by: MMA Storytime’s Rispetto Poetry Prompt #53 (season); Your Daily Word Prompt (Liven); Just Jot It January (gurgle); Three Things Challenge (knew, lean, show)

Posted in Family, Haiku, Life, Love, Motivation, Poetry, Prompt, Uncategorized

Love Wins (Haiku)

nurture a child and

embolden independence

to grow perspective

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Created for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge (child & grow); Daily Spur (independence)

Posted in Christmas, Family, Life, Love, Prompt, Uncategorized

Christmas Magic

This came to my mind as soon as I saw MMA Storytime’s Word of the Day – “Santa Claus” and I’m so glad I saved the meme to my phone. My mom and grandmother made the entire Christmas season seem magical for my brothers and me. Just like most kids, we tried to stay awake long enough to catch Santa Claus red-handed but failed every year. In the morning we’d awaken early and run downstairs with unrestrained jubilation, excited to see if Santa visited, then spend time opening our presents. Afterwards we would all spend quality time together at home before joining the rest of the family at my great-grandparent’s home.

When my son was a little boy I’d go to such extremes to maintain that same “Christmas magic.” Even after moving 600 miles away from home we’d fly back year after year to celebrate with family. Before heading out to the airport, my son would leave cookies and milk for Santa and we would set the train on its track under the tree, positioned coming toward the station. Before returning home I’d enlist friends to empty Santa’s plate and cup and reposition the train so it was leaving the station. Yeah, it was a lot of work!😓

My son and I laugh about my Christmas trickery often and till this day he smiles about it and knows a lot of love went into creating the magic.

©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

MMA Storytime’s Word of the Day (Santa Claus); Three Things Challenge/3TC (entire, out, save); Your Daily Word Prompt (celebrate); Word of the Day (jubilation)

Posted in Christmas, Family, Life, Love, Prompt, Uncategorized

My SONshine!!!

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

So much joy returned to my home the moment my son walked through the door. I couldn’t have asked for a better present this holiday season. He hasn’t just been great company; he’s been my personal chef. My son has cooked every day this week and all of his meals are healthy and centre on plant-based foods. That’ll probably continue up until Christmas Day, when I temporarily reclaim my kitchen to create a traditional spread with all the fixins.

There is one perplexing thing that’s occurred this visit and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. For more than half his life my son has challenged me in Scrabble and the other day he defeated me for his first win EVER! I trust I’ll continue to hear about this victory long after he leaves. I don’t think my son would use such guile against me but maybe….just maybe….his good cooking was all a ploy to get me to let my guard down. Hmm!

©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Daily Spur (trust); Three Things Challenge/3TC (Christmas Day, centre, door); Ragtag Daily Prompt/RDP (joy); Your Daily Word Prompt (present); Word of the Day/WOTD (perplex); Fandango’s One Word Challenge/FOWC (guile)