100 Word Wednesday: Week 129 – In The Car With Dad

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Dad’s displeasure at the road closure was best described in the string of expletives uttered when he saw the road closed signs.

We would have to go the long way past the Houses of Parliament.

He had set opinions of politics. One was Politicians never knew what they were doing, apart from feathering their own nests and his opinions were correct.

An ominous silence settled over us as we drove past the Parliament and dad true to form let go his usual tirade.

We huddled in our seats, with no amount of placating from mum making any difference.

 

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13 Responses to 100 Word Wednesday: Week 129 – In The Car With Dad

  1. Sadje says:

    Very often the lot of kids to bear the ill-humor of adults.

  2. crimsonprose says:

    You know, to this day I’ve never heard my father swear. Or, I should say I’ve never heard him swear in English. He swears in German and Russian, languages learned during WWII. Though he says they’re not as expressive (he means offensive) as English but at least Mother wouldn’t chide him. 🙂

    • bikurgurl says:

      Clever! Teaching bilingualism 😉 📚🖤

      • crimsonprose says:

        Myself, despite a keen interest in the academic side of linguistics, I am useless at picking up languages. My mind tries to find the familiar in the strange. And so, eg, *if you please* in French is *silver plate*. My father says something (I think it’s Arabic but maybe not) which he tells me is *What’s the time*, but my mind translates it as *kick the budgie* 🙂

      • bikurgurl says:

        I just finished reading a book by Cal Newport called ‘Deep Work’ {he’s also written study tips for students}. One tip he gives is to memorize a deck of cards and gives reference to a top memory winner (I didn’t even realize there was a contest for that, who knew?) who memorizes decks by doing a walk through of his house memorizing 52 things on the walk, then when he’s given a deck of cards, associates each card to a person or thing and images that person or thing {related to each card, ie: Queen of Hearts may be Brenè Brown in my scenario} relating to the house object in the correct order, thereby, seemingly effortlessly memorizing decks of shuffled cards in minutes. The author says you can memorize other things, like language, using the same tools. I’d like to think so because I’d love to learn a new language – but I don’t have/take the time now to do so 🖤🖤🖤

      • Michael says:

        I find English is enough of a struggle 😀
        That sounds an interesting way of memorising

      • bikurgurl says:

        I’m intrigued as well — it’s not new, I’d heard it heard it years ago, but I couldn’t imagine how memorizing a deck could help with anything else. As I get older, I’m more intrigued by methods to remember things ❤

      • crimsonprose says:

        I have heard of this technique. But in reference to improving both memory and visualisation

      • bikurgurl says:

        Yes! It’s an interesting theory, but of course, you have to start by memorizing the 52 things first, then the 52 cards in the deck, then practice putting the two together….I got a set of notecards to start ❤

      • crimsonprose says:

        I wish you well with it. My exercise was to walking around inside an imaginary shell (whelk or the like) and post different objects through different doors, each being in some way related.

  3. bikurgurl says:

    I can picture it!!! Having running annoyances and feeling unheard by those in authority, both our parents and those in government, make us feel unworthy of being heard.

    As a child, I can remember my own parents grumbling, like the father in your story, about injustices and as an parent myself, I try to remember to advocate for change – not just grumble.

    Thank you so much for weaving your words again with us this week 🖤

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