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Day 7: "Who" Writing

Balloon man, homeless child, and trucker

By Denise E LindquistPublished 24 days ago Updated 24 days ago 4 min read
Day 7: "Who" Writing
Photo by Marius Muresan on Unsplash

This challenge is meant to help me to be a lyricist. I was introduced by KJ Aartila, to this challenge. Her inspiration is Pat Pattison’s book “SONG-WRITING WITHOUT BOUNDARIES”. I ordered the book and started this challenge.

The picture above is for the 5-minute timed writing. When I typed in balloon man this was the one I related to.

Starting on day seven we are continuing our work on “Who” writing. It is good to make small changes to keep from getting too bored if you read all of these!

The focus is being timed and the idea is to include as many of these as I can; sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, body, motion! Now I tell you!

Remember that the timer can go off in the middle of a sentence, or word. Please complete it the best you can! Thank you.

This is day seven prompts:

Timed for 5 minutes: Balloon man.

The hubby and I attended our youngest daughter's wedding in August. It was a destination wedding as many are today. We thought it would be okay until everything that could go wrong did for us.

Upon returning home, our youngest son picked us up at the airport. He was anxious to talk about the mountains and Colorado. We could relate to him the beauty, the wedding was great with the music, the decor, the food was delicious, and then the majesty of the mountains.

He then told us that he and his fiancé thought they may have a mountain wedding as they both love the mountains.

We told him that he can't expect us to be there unless time helps heal our experience. After talking a bit more, he said, "Well, we have thought about getting married in a hot air balloon." He liked the idea of being a balloon man in a balloon wedding.

I can't picture ever missing any child's wedding we are invited to. So, I will at least go. Another engaged son is thinking of a cruise. I get seasick. His dad will probably have to go without me!

I remember men selling balloons as a child....

Timed for 10 minutes: Homeless child.

It is heartbreaking to think about children who are homeless. I know many teens find themselves in that place. Being on the streets or in shelters with no family to go to. Fear of the streets. My grandson left with a friend one year.

A friend said, many boys need to do that. It used to be important in our culture. He helped me to be more accepting of the idea. They left with a vehicle, had some money, and were safe until they weren't.

Good thing his older sister was living in Florida and that is where they landed. They shared some of their stories later. It sounded like for the most part they thought days were okay until they were alone nights without a vehicle or place to go.

He called his sister to go and get him. And his friend called his dad to go and get him.

Everyone was so happy to know they were safe that I don't think much happened.

Then one year my niece went missing, and we were putting up posters all over south Minneapolis. We were stopped by some Spanish-speaking women and told that our niece was safe and with a respected elder. She was back with her mother soon after.

I am sure that plastering posters all over was not good for any people who may have been considered illegal. Her boyfriend was not legal and sometime later, after she had their child, he was sent back to Mexico.

He now has a wife and family in Mexico.

She is not married yet and her mother is raising her son. Maybe not typical homeless child stories.

I know there are a whole lot more homeless children that don't have the same stories as my grandson and niece. I think there is way too much homelessness. When I hear the cost of housing, I don't know why we aren't all homeless.

Well, we currently have taxes for land, and we plunked a double-wide mobile home on the land. That is paid for, and my husband complains about the taxes. The property was purchased many years ago.

Will we be homeless someday? Maybe!

Timed for 90 seconds: Trucker.

In my early twenties, I got a license to drive a truck over the road. In other words, I was a trucker. My husband started driving after leaving the cattle ranch where he worked.

I went with him, and it was fun until he climbed out of the driver seat and put me in it, showed me neutral, and said, "Put it in neutral and pull over when you want to stop."


Note: KJ Aartila’s Day 7 writing challenge!

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About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran23 days ago

    I don't even go to normal weddings, lol. If I was invited to a wedding on a hot air balloon, I'd say that I'll be okay looking at their photographs, lol. Also yes, I think one day, we would be homeless

  • “M”23 days ago

    Great work as usual, all the best to you ♡

  • Babs Iverson24 days ago

    Heartfelt life stories!!! Wonderfully written!!!❤️❤️💕

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