It Wasn’t THAT Long Ago


1976 meant the bicentennial and marriage. We drove to Disney World without a second thought – nor preparation for that matter – and parked at the Contemporary Resort. In we strolled. “Do you have a reservation?” “No.” “OK, we have a room…” Yes, we were able to get a room, paid $50, left our suitcases in elegance and caught the monorail to a world of wonder. At night there were spectacular fireworks to celebrate becoming… well, other stuff too.


I don’t think you can just pull in to Disney World nowadays and find a room without a reservation… for only 50 bucks.







Prompt: “…looking back, I remember…”


What do you remember about 1976?


100wcgu #186 (100 Word Challenge For GrownUps)



Would You Like To Be A Star


With a little effort I wonder if I could do that. Basketball. My mom played in high school. At 5’4”, well, 5’3 & ¾” she was a star. I’m taller, 5’4 & ¼” would I do better… by ½ inch? Hmm. I watch the toddlers and preschoolers run around the gym and they ask “Miss Margaret can you make a basket?” I step back and give it a shot. In! Should I go a second time? In! I wonder…


Is there Olympic basketball? Maybe. Don’t know. Can’t stand to watch it. Too dull kind of like golf. There’s a sleeper.






 100 Word Challenge For Grownups


Prompt: “…With a little effort I wonder if could do that?…”






Well Muse you won’t let me sleep

So there’s something to write

Tell me


I’ve dragons to breed and eggs to hatch

Battles to compete

Food to grow and then to collect


Please not tonight


There is gold to gather and store

Any Scrooge would envy

Platinum too from an ancient world


Passing through time a cinch


Perhaps I’ll train for another skill

Just so much to do in a day

Up late I cannot stay


Was this the secret you will I reveal

Here comes a yawn

Now another one


Let me fade


Eyes water

Now they close

Hands still


Sleep tight I will







Here I sit while sweat drips

Why though?

AC’s on and no menopause to speak of

Been there done that

Will jump in the shower

Refresh, relax

Be ready for dawn

Then in to work with me

To be with people I’d rather not see

Have you ever had that on a job?

Look around and say no thanks

Bide my time until




Until remains to be seen


The journey is written, the future unknown

The Secret no secret, perspective’s all me


Cool, I like me

Speaking of which, about that shower…






What if I saved your life?

I went back to save his but it was for you

Effecting his, true

Over 100 years and you’re still here

Carrying this secret

I was able to go back and stop you

Change impulsive emotional state

How would I have changed time though?


To consider another fate


Would you have vanished from your hospital bed in front of her eyes?

Our friend the curator

After revealing what you’d done

Or would you not have lived here at all?

But elsewhere

Would you have left anyway but not changed your name?

No secrets to keep

A woman’s emotions beware


Let’s think


In a fit of passion you hated him

So unkind his words

Well not what you wanted to hear anyway

You shot him or would have

If your father missed with his pistol

Instead I stopped you

Alive he stayed

In my own time I would no longer remain


Or would I as old as you


What happens next?

Of this secret you’re free

Perhaps you just rested in peace

On your final day

As time changed you smiled

Exhaled relief

At the end of the movie it didn’t say

Maybe the book would give it away