Territorial – A Haiku

Haiku - Just A Drop

“Just A Drop” Copyright Claudia H. Blanton

invading my space
an action you will regret
anticipating

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

I don’t think I have ever been as territorial, as I have been since I lived in this condo. We share our outdoor grounds with the other residence, yet everyone has their own private little area outdoors, at least those who live downstairs like we do. But we own a corner condo, directly across from the pool, which means everyone passes by right in front of our eyes. Which in itself is not a problem, expect that they ALL cut through our patio. It seems as if the highly decorated area does not exist, the pretty stone bench becomes a mere obstacle, rather than our place to relax. At one point, I had a pretty little flower garden on the edge of what is supposed to be our space. After it had been trampled by other residents and the maintenance crew, I gave up. What was supposed to be our little sanctuary, was disregarded by others.

I am glad we are moving, even if it is in a place that is for now not our own. At least that way I am not given the illusion of ownership and territory. It does not belong to me, and that is fine.

Messy Little Home Office – A Daily Prompt Post

Today, the Daily Prompt asks us about our messes:

What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

Well, to be honest, this morning, that was my home office. You see, I work from home – run our business, homeschool two children and write, all from the same space. That can get chaotic, and we have been working on increasing the space from which I can work out of (new house in the Hollywood Hills, here we come!). But until then, we have to make do with the space we have.

This morning – just like  every Tuesday during Fall show season, the desk is not at its finest. I would like to pretend that it would look like the following:

Nice Office space

but reality is, that it looks more something like this:

messy desk

You see, Monday evenings are not spend on cleaning. They are spend together as a family watching our favorite shows, and playing some video games. They are reserved for fun, for discussion, for moments we will remember. Because I have different goals for our family, not the goal of having a spotless home – which will happen once I can afford a maid – but the goal of togetherness, of reaching our potential, of setting and reaching our personal goals, and having a safe and warm space of connecting, that will have nothing to do with how organized my desk looked. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a neat, and clean space, but it is not the most important thing.

My family is.

Here is what other people wrote for today’s prompt:

http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/swimming-at-the-speed-of-sound/

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/if-2/

http://designersophisticate.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/neither-im-not-a-slob/

Sweeping Motions: What’s messier?

http://itsmatthewburgos.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/too-much-daily-prompt-short-story/