A bright, blank screen was staring back at me. The curser blinking, waiting, seeming to be impatient. I sat thinking about this prompt, smell, and how it might inspire me, meeting a block — a brick wall in my thoughts. I powered down my laptop and sat on the couch with my girls, watching and emotional episode of Dr. Who. My husband was in the kitchen preparing some bacon-wrapped onions for a Memorial Day cookout, and the smell of the bacon had seeped its way into the living room. I breathed it in, pondering the inspiration that might come from the hardwood smoked smell of uncooked bacon… nothing.
I lay back against the overstuffed cushion on the sofa, holding my youngest daughter in my arms, and we begin to doze off. The scent of her fruity shampoo tickling my nostrils. Still nothing… The sounds from the television were invading my mind in my half slumber. I hear sniffles coming from beside me, where my oldest daughter sits. I turn my head to look at her, curious about the cause of those sniffles, and realize that she is saddened by the death of a character on her favorite show. I doze back off to a light slumber, my dog now curled up beside me and my little angel. The sofa has become a little crowded.
Bright flashes of light entering through the open blinds slightly awakens me. In the next moment, I hear a gasp from beside me as the television and lamp suddenly go dark. There is no light in the house now, everything eerily dark until the next bolt of lightening lends us its illumination. My daughters and dogs both wearisome and frightened by the sudden storm.
My hands are blindly searching for the form of my cell phone, which must be laying nearby, hoping to use the flashlight feature to find some candles to light the room. Momentarily, my heart flutters with excitement. I love thunderstorms.Glowing cell phone now in hand, I make my way to the kitchen where there are oil lamps and candles saved for such an occasion, but I have to rummage around for a source of flame.
Once lit with a small glowing flame, the scent of burning oil fills the room and small tendrils of smoke rise up from the burning wick. I love this smell, it takes me back to a place in my childhood. Everyone gathered in the living room. Picture windows void of curtains, overlooking the valley with mountains jetting up toward the dark sky in all directions. Clouds so thick they appear to be a blanket laying atop the mountain peaks. Oil lamps softly glowing on the table in the center of the room, providing enough light to make us okay with the prolonged darkness.
I curl up now with my girls, my dog, and sit in quiet reverie as the sights and smells take me back to a happy place, if only for the time of a brief thunderstorm.
SoCS Prompt by Linda G. Hill : Here are the rules:1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun