This week’s bonus words:
- Cagestruck (via Yves) to be clueless of the customs, dialect/language/slang, and haunts of an unfamiliar city.
- Ardle (via Michael) a person who urinates whenever and wherever the mood strikes them.
- Shiprighteous (via KO) A smugly moralistic ship.
- Figimaled (via Jules) Primarily Farklempt; distressed, confused, annoyed, dismayed.
- Aarambham (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for the beginning.
- Avasaanam (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for the end.
- Punarjanmam (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for rebirth or reincarnation.
- Teekva (via a darkened house) Russian for a pumpkin.
- Skuddling (via a darkened house) side-ways, skitterish motion
- Maganda (via Ladyleemanila) Filipino word for beauty, refers to the beauty of both form and spirit.
- Sayang (via Hank) Malay/Indonesian word referring to a loved one. Also used to express one’s affectionate feelings to a lady – whispered softly while nibbling the ear lobe.
- Appraisal (via Ranted Crow); The act or result of judging the worth or value of something or someone.
What started out as a holiday to remember ended up a holiday that was far more interesting than anyone ever imagined.
Mr. Bristow had decided that in the interests of his family and their education he would take them on an overseas holiday. Jimmy with his ardling affliction was to go as well and the family had grown used to their son’s peculiarities and so didn’t think twice about packing for Jimmy.
Mr. Bristow decided that they would go on a cruise to begin with and booked passage on the Star of India, a floating skyscraper as a way of beginning the holiday.
Now the ship they chose unbeknownst to Mr. Bristow was the most shiprighteous ship around and trouble started at the dock when Jimmy was observed emptying his bladder onto the side of the ship. There was a real sense of the cagestruck about the Bristow’s who were so used to Jimmy’s eccentricities they had long ceased being aware of social mores.
The Indian ship’s captain decided that the family needed a new beginning and as they boarded the ship he performed an aarambham ceremony used in such circumstances when a new beginning was being called for.
The Bristow’s were impressed that they were being afforded such a personalized welcome. Mrs. Bristow somewhat figimaled by the mornings events stood back and kept her fingers crossed as she knew this was only the start of the holiday and Jimmy, she knew, was just warming up to this holiday idea. At least she thought if he gets the urge on the ship he’ll do it over the side and inconvenience very few. But within hours Jimmy was in trouble once again this time ardling over the starboard side when the prevailing wind was blowing against the starboard side and the first class passengers in the private rooms copped a good spray.
As a result a lot of scuddling happened among the Bristow’s and pretending nothing had happened. All the family went into a figimale of their own only to be greeted that night by the ships captain who informed them that an appraisal of their presence had been done and their avasaanam had arrived sooner than they had hoped and that he expected in some new life Jimmy would undergo a punarjanmam and so begin a new and more productive life.
Their final meal was a delicious teekva soup made specially by the ships chef for the first night of the voyage, though in the Bristow’s case it was more a last supper.
The teekva soup had interesting effects on those who ate it and the Bristow’s feeling downcast at the news they were about to be ejected from the cruise fell under the soups spell and before long oblivious to all around them Mr and Mrs Bristow were engaged in a furious bout of sayang forgoing all decency at one stage as Mr Bristow found himself and his good wife in the clutches of amorousness they had not felt in many years.
Jimmy felt the teekva soup having strange effect on him as well. His ardling urge diminished, he asked if there was a toilet nearby, this announced brought the dining room to instant silence.
The ships captain feeling a moment of magenda had arrived called for an instant toast to Jimmy’s recovery…..all the dining room rose and toasted the new found punarjanmam occurring before their eyes.
Mr Bristow was by now moving onto Mrs Bristow’s left ear lobe, she was feeling more than she’d had in more years than she felt like remembering. Under the table they sayanged away at each other unaware that life above the table had changed forever.