Out on the open field where mice and hedgehogs stay, four children are playing hide and seek whilst others sleep away. Darting in and out of shadows, stifling giggles and snorts, they watch for movement and quickly scuttle to the next place before they get caught.
Some children prefer to watch television, or play on their PS4s. Not mine, oh no, they prefer the dark where only the moon glows.
“Tell their father.” some might say, “He’ll take better control.”
Alas, he is the one hunting his little ones, sending them running into the unknown. Foxes run back into their holes; pigeons shuffle their feathers to block out the laughter; teenagers sitting quietly on the bench watch the craziness they are after. Unfortunately, their own parents are at home, not hunting children in the park. Sitting there, on their phones – it’s not quite the same as searching for Pokemon after dark.
There’s nowhere to hide that is safe – their faithful dog is always at bay. His panting as loud as a lark, showing the hunter the way. As we sprint this way and that, carefully avoiding the cats, we find another place to hide; under the hedgerow close to the slide. Chests heaving with hearts thumping, the children disperse, forgetting bites and grazes which we’ll later nurse, once our game ends for this night; once the clouds claim the moonlight.
Time is up, everyone is found. Someone says, “Heel!” to the hound. Black and white cats draw near, once they see his lead on and it’s clear. We all head back through the grass; a slight dented pathway we must pass. Then on down the lane to our house; that’s four children, four cats, a dog and probably a mouse!
Now who could possibly wish for more – a house with an open green next door? So, if by chance you hear a noise and see six figures frolicking in a haze – that might be my family playing there.
Come and join us, if you dare!
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The Modern Philosopher gives a hilarious rundown on what to look out for in a blind date.
The Return of the Modern Philosopher
Now that we have established that I’m not very good at reading women, and that women aren’t always direct when they have disappointing news after a date (That’s (Not) What She Said), I’ve decided I need to be better prepared before my next date.
Friends are always telling me to be more careful about meeting women via online dating. I didn’t think much of it as I didn’t see a blind date as much of a threat. However, now that my eyes have been opened to how naive I am, I realize I must fear for my life every time I go on a first date.
So, I decided to come up with various lists to prepare me for pretty much anything. I thought I’d share this one with you first, Modern Philosophers.
Please note, this is not meant to be sexist. Since I am a male who…
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Giving advice to a friend is as dangerous as loading a gun and pointing it at your head. Your opinions are loaded with your own personal regrets, flavoured with your life experiences and coloured with your jaded view of the world.
What makes your advice relevant to your friend’s pain and need for direction? Your own experience in the same vein? Does that mean you know it all or could give better life choices for him or her. Does it take in their character and natural response to things that happen in his or her life?