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SoCS – Terra Firma

It’s time for another edition of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Our generous host, Linda Hill, has given us this prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun!

Today is all about the terra firma –  ground.

It’s Saturday morning and the first thing I am going to do is grind some good ole’ Kona coffee beans – decaf of course! It’s a nice way to start the day or else I would never be able to hit the ground running.

Last night I was FaceTiming with my almost-10-year-old granddaughter. She sent me a text of 20 ground-breaking videos she made with some video app she has on her phone. Well, she thinks they are ground-breaking at least! As her grandmother, I think they are cute.

Switching gears here – did you ever get grounded as a kid? I hear most children say on restriction these days, but I am not sure it means the same thing. It only happened to me once and I blame it fully on my sister. I was with some friends in the neighborhood and my good friend Cindy and I went to see a make-shift cabin two of the neighborhood boys built in the treed lot beside one of their houses. It was nearing dusk and we decided it was time to high tail it home. A car turned the corner and my friend said, “Is that your mom’s car?” I laughed and said, “No, her car doesn’t have sidelights.” Ha. I was wrong. My parents never gave me a curfew and I never abused it. This night my sister got my mom worked up and kept asking her “what would the neighbors think?” about me being out after dark with boys. It’s funny to think about it now. It was all perfectly innocent. That was my one and only experience with being grounded.

I like being retired. I do not have a daily grind any more — except for that coffee I talked about earlier. I do not miss it. I think grind implies the work might be tedious or boring. My profession was never boring. But I still don’t miss getting up and going to work every day.

I think I should stop here before I run this blog post into the ground. My mind is running wild and not well-grounded in thought. More coffee please.

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24 thoughts on “SoCS – Terra Firma”

  1. I was only ‘grounded’ once, though we never used the term here. I was told by my Dad, ‘You are staying in tonight, see how you like that’. That followed me overstaying my agreed time the night before. I was told to be home by 11, but got in around 1 am. My Mum was worried sick, especially as I hadn’t phoned. I was 14, and thought I was very grown up. 🙂

    I could never see the point of decaffeinated coffee. I drink it because of the caffeine! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We always think we are so grown up when we are young. I did not give my parents any cause for concern, but I was the baby so who knows how they felt. My sister was very proud that she managed to convince mom to ground me — for 2 weeks!

      The decaf is a medical thing for me. I do sneak a cup of caffeinated one in a while.

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  2. Great post, Maggie. One day my mom asked me to be home by midnight (Weekend I was 17) Well, I came through the door at 11:50 PM. My mom was sitting in the dark and gave me the scare of a lifetime. She said sternly “Just look at that clock and tell me what time it is young man.” I looked and it was 11:51 PM. I reported the time and all she said was “Nuts.” got up and went to bed. Obviously, she was almost sure I would be late. The next morning I had to ask and she admitted she thought I would break a rule which would give cause for a grounding. She then admitted she thought I was out of control. We discussed it further and then agreed to behavior that would make her comfortable. Since I wasn’t out of control it was easy to comply with her wishes. As a postscript, she read the clock and thought it was after one o’clock for some reason. I accused her of having a Freudian moment.

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    1. Why must moms worry so? My husband tells similar stories about he and his mom. I think it must be a peace of mind thing. He says he was thankful that God watched out for fools and little children. (He was a good kid, too, but that does not seem to quell a mother’s fear.)

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  3. I grew up with “grounded”. It’s weird I can’t remember if I was grounded a lot considering I had pretty strict parents…it’s not like I was the most well behaved of us kids, but I can’t for the life of me remember. Huh. Great post!

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    1. Yes, Lisa. We buy beans at Fresh Market and grind every morning so it is a good cup of coffee. Decaf is for health reasons but I now rather enjoy it — unless it is restaurant decaf.


  4. I think I got put on restriction once or twice, but don’t remember what for. There were times in my twenties when I needed to be grounded to give my guardian angels a rest, but I just kept running them ragged. Now, I am more grateful than words can say, for my guardian angels and for retirement.

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  5. I love that you do Facetime with your grand-daughter and humor her for her musical tastes – do you dance in the kitchen while you’re talking to her? Your memory of being grounded is precious. Your retirement style is inspiring to me, right up my alley! I hope your weekend is enjoyable!

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    1. Dan, the “sidelight” thing became a joke between my friend and I. Note to self: pay attention to details! Ha! It is interesting to look back as parents and grandparents and remember the ways our parents tried to protect us.

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      1. It’s also amazing to realize what they knew. We couldn’t do anything in our neighborhood that didn’t get back to them before we got home. The Internet has nothing on that old-school busy-body network.


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