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I Didn’t Do Nothin’

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Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness.

Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us SECRET.

I’m sure I secretly did something nice once. I just don’t remember what.
Mr. Raven, he’s the nice one. He mowed our neighbor’s lawn; the neighbor with cancer. I had been wondering what I could do for her. He went over and did something.

Some months later, when I met her at the mailbox, the neighbor said she had something for me at the house. Whatever for? For being such good neighbors.

I felt wretched. I hadn’t done anything nice. I didn’t deserve a gift. It would be Mr. Raven’s gift. We walked to her house together and she gave me a lovely, rustic looking birdhouse.
I love birdhouses! It made me weepy. Sometimes I’m just soppy like that.

Today I gave her a Christmas card and two homemade felt bird ornaments. Tomorrow I’m going to walk her dog.


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Daily Prompt: Pastalessness

Daily Prompt: Moment of Kindness
Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us KINDNESS.

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Pastalessness

My daughter stopped by this morning with a surprise. Pasta Primavera with Turkey Sausage; my favorite dish in her culinary repertoire. I started eating right away. Second breakfast.

You see, I’m pasta deprived. My husband has a serious aversion to pasta in any form. It’s the texture, he says, comparing it to… well, I’d rather not say.
It’s a quirk I’ve learned to live with, since he’s the main cook and meal planner.

My kids remember eating noodles every night whenever Mr. Fussy was out of town. We still laugh about the time he came home and found a piece of spaghetti stuck to the kitchen wall. That’s how you know it’s done! we informed him. He was so disgusted, you’d have thought we’d thrown doggy-doo on the wall.

I get my pasta jollies when we go out, when I make it for guests, or when my daughter kindly offers me a bowl. I like it best when she makes it.

Here’s the recipe.

PASTA PRIMAVERA WITH TURKEY SAUSAGE

16 oz. farfalle pasta
1 lb. hot Italian turkey sausage
or ground turkey with Italian seasoning
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves diced garlic
1/2 diced onion
2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
2o basil leaves
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 cubes chicken boullion
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved or 6 romas
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Boil pasta 8-10 minutes. Cook sausage in large skillet, then set aside. Using half the olive oil, sautee
onion and garlic. Add boullion and veggies, cook until tender. Add pepper flakes. Mix well, add cheese and serve.
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