Friday, February 1, 2013

Combo Party: Imaginary Friends and Celebrations

This first half is part of Annalisa Crawford's Imaginary Friend Bloghop. Kyra Lennon is the co-host and they invited us to talk about our imaginary friends. So today I am sharing my experience with you.

Carl Sagan said people is made of stardust. Dragons are made of stardust too, but in different amounts. I believe stardust levels vary depending on the inner magic of a creature rather than its race. Although I was born among dragons, I was still different. A conversation with the moon or with Orion in the sky was easier for me than a chat with folks. My Grandfather, Father Dragon "The Great", fed my imagination and unleashed my creativity with extraordinary stories about humans.

Mother Dragon used to say "The fact something lives in your imagination doesn't mean it does not exist. You have created it, therefore it exist. Whether your creations have power on you or not depends on what you decide to do with them."

Mother Dragon didn't intend for me to go all crazy but it happened. Orion was not seven bright points in the sky but a human warrior. Royalty needed an escort and Orion was happy to serve me. Not sure when I decided I was dragon royalty. Blame my flamboyant tendencies.

Sir Orion was only the beginning. My dragon princedom needed hosts to command. I started with those that look well in a coat of arms; tigers, hawks, lions, eagles, cougars, and a bear (to hug of course). I also kept a couple ducks and five dogs of different sizes. I came to count up to 23 friendly subjects. I named them all and as a good sire, took care of them and had their loyalty.

One day my dearest playmate, my cousin, got suddenly ill. For what I knew, she had stomach ache but her parents took her to the hospital. I had to go to school so I didn't get to know what had happened with her. First chance I got, I hid in the restrooms and called one of my brave eagles. I commanded my imaginary friend to fly fast and swift and find my cousin wherever she was, then bring me the news. My gaze followed the route of my eagle through the window and I waited. It came back by recess and informed me my cousin stayed in the hospital and her condition was pretty bad, most likely she was going to stay several days. When I came home, Mother Dragon repeated my eagle's report almost word by word. I was dumbfounded.

That was centuries ago and it may have endless explanations but to this day, Mother Dragon's words still echo in my heart:


"The fact something lives in your imagination doesn't mean it does not exist. You have created it, therefore, it exist. Whether your creations have power on you or not depends on what you decide to do with them."








Friday of Celebrations is here and this meme has come out to be such a significant activity in my life that I want to start by celebrating VikLit from Sribblings of an Aspiring Author, who came up with this wonderful idea of a bloghop.  People is always waiting for big things to happen to give them a reason to celebrate, but hey! several small things can really make one big joy, or many.

Besides celebrating VikLit's idea, I am celebrating:

1. I set my goal this week to 1000 words on my WiP. I hit 1,517!
2. I celebrate I was blessed to live in the same time frame than my granddad, Father Dragon "The Great", and that I got the chance to learn from the best the meaning of hard core courage and fortitude. I am celebrating his legacy and the invaluable treasure he left me.
3. Last week I ran 3 miles on Monday and Wednesday. This week I got on that treadmill daily.
4. Yesterday I got on the treadmill in spite of feeling pretty bad. I set myself for one hour, whether I would reach the 3 miles goal or not. I felt sick and thought I wouldn't make it, but then thought on my grandfather, who always resisted to give up to ailments. I remembered the promise I did to him and my determination boosted over the ailment. Sweat ended up mixing with tears but I managed 3.5 miles. This is huge because there was a day I crawled my way over a simple flap of stairs.
5. I celebrate my dragon pride, or stubbornness to never give up. I didn't use to acknowledge my own achievements but this time I am allowing me a pat in the back. Dragon Ancestors know I deserve it.

What are you celebrating this week? The miracle of breathing is worth celebrating too! Join us in the party.

61 comments:

  1. Mother Dragon sounds very wise, and speaks the truth! Thanks for taking part :-)

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  2. They definitely exist! It was great to hear about your menagerie of subjects. And now I have a mental image of a dragon on a treadmill - interesting!

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  3. Something greater was at work there - your mother may have been right!
    Glad you stuck with the running even when you didn't feel like it. I run five miles three or four times a week, and some days, I really don't want to, but I feel better when I do.

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    1. Yes, one feels better. You know what day is tomorrow in Mexico? Tamales day, haha! I'll be eating one (or many) for you too. :)

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  4. I agree. We have to take the time to celebrate the smaller triumphs!

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    1. It feels good! Should be a daily practice.

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  5. I love that quote- If something lives in your imagination, it doesn't mean it does not exist- brilliant!!

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    1. Mother Dragon can get memorable quotes and some outright hilarious too.

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  6. Congratulations and pats on the back to you, Al! These are great accomplishments, and I love your grandma's quote!Have a great weekend, Sir Dragon! :)

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    1. Wonderful weekend to you too. Thank you very much! :D

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  7. Mother Dragon sounds very wise and your Grandfather sounds like a wonderful man. Congrats on your making your word count, and on getting in that exercise despite the odds!! Good job!

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  8. That's an awesome quote!

    Thanks for being part of the bloghop!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Kyra. :)

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  9. That quote gave me chills. Awesome!

    And congrats on having such a productive week. Have a great weekend coming up! :)

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    1. I am thinking I should write a book with all of Mother Dragon's quotes. Could be inspiring hahaha. Great weekend to you too, Julie!

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  10. I love Mother Dragon's quote and think it's really freaky about your cousin.

    I'm amazed by your accomplishments. You make me feel so lazy, but you have every right to be proud. :-)

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    1. Yes, it was freaky. One more of the mysteries of the dragon world. I am glad you liked Mother Dragon's wisdom. Happy weekend! :)

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  11. Here's to Mother Dragon and her wisdom. And, yes, you should write that book. Here's to Saturday and Sunday and breathing deeply.

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    1. Hahaha, I might make a poster of the picture you had and put it on my walls. Cheers, milady. :)

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  12. There's a dragon constellation, you know. Draco. It may be too north for you to see where you are, but thought I'd mention it.

    Yay on your word count and exercise. I didn't miss any of my workouts this week. Happy weekend!

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    1. There was a time I could pin point constellations on the sky. Now because of pollution you can hardly find the moon sometimes. Good for you don't missing workouts! :)

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  13. What a great and inspiring list of reasons to celebrate. I'm impressed by your running, and by your grit to keep going at it! Thank you for joining in celebrating.

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    1. It has been my pleasure since the hop started. Cannot thank you enough. :)

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  14. Love your dragon menagerie and all the words of wisdom in the post. And congrats on reaching your goals with running--that's absolutely something to celebrate!

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    1. They were great subjects. Pity I had to let them go one day, but then came the dwarves. :D

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  15. What wonderful achievements. Perseverance is a great trait!

    PS: I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. I will be posting more details about it on my blog tomorrow morning so be sure to check back! (www.jawardwrites.com)

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    1. Oh my! I am honored. Thank you very much. You bet I'll be dropping by. Happy weekend. :)

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  16. That is one awesome eagle friend. Your imaginary friend rocked! Thank you so much for stopping by and for following my blog. I am very grateful.

    I think it is so fantastic that you got on the treadmill even when you were feeling bad. I find it hard to follow through with any kind of exercise in the long run, which make your achievements just so inspiring.

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    1. Be welcomed to the Dragon Cave, Murees. I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  17. Awesome running, fabulous wordsmithing - but your best accomplishment was sharing time and space with your granddad. It's odd when you realize how fortunate you are - especially if they are still there to be appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful post!

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    1. My granddad went to join the Dragon Ancestors last December but I did have time to let him know how much he meant to me. Thank you for your comment Diana! :)

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  18. You were definitely blessed to be able to live and learn for one of the greats. Exercise! Don't let it kill you. I'm glad you reached your goals, and I hope you give yourself a true celebration for doing so. Maybe chomp on a couple extra clowns. I would ask you to save some for me, but I'm not into 'em.

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    1. I can save you the red noses. You may have fun with those. ;)

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    2. I figured you'd save those for the dwarfs.

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  19. Mother Dragon is wise. And you've had a fantastic week. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you very much, Christine. Have a great weekend and we go for more next week! :)

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  20. So true, and of course there is the theory that everything only exists in our minds, or that we all exist in the mind of a god.

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    1. The one that everything exists in our minds like in Matrix? The other one is new to me. Welcome to the Dragon Cave, Charmaine!

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  21. Awesome story. Loved it. Your mother was very wise. I only remember one of my grandfathers, but he was a hard working, dedicated man like your grandfather dragon. I learned a lot from that man. And I should start better living by his example and get my lazy buns on the treadmill!

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    1. Yes, do that and be my treadmill partner! :) I'm glad you liked the story.

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  22. A toast to all your Dragonly celebrations!
    ... and now the image of a dragon on the treadmill is burned onto my brain...

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  23. Wonderful story of intuition and belief beyond the known. It is what guides all writers. Lovely reasons for gratefulness!

    I love dragons by the way, and seeing one on the treadmill made my day, too bad all I have is a unidyne cycle, but I'll spare you the visual. :)

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    1. I am glad you liked the story, Yolanda. You're always welcome in this dragon's cave. :D

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  24. Ohhhh... what a lovely quote! I was the same way as a child. Love the magic to this story...

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  25. I don't think I can say it better than Yolanda did above. Where would we be without life's magic? So happy for you that you exceeded your goal and did 3.5 miles. Even more, it's fantastic you knew you had to exercise and motivated yourself to get on the tread mill. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you very much Kittie. I am really happy you enjoyed the story. :)

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  26. Hi Al. I simply had to nominate your blog for the Premio Cutie Pie award, after receiving it today on my crochet blog. http://lotsofcrochetstitches.blogspot.com/ Have an amazing weekend, dear dragon!

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    1. And here I thought I couldn't get any redder than I am already, but seems you have just proved me wrong. Thanks M.J. Thank you, very much!

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  27. Wonderful post today! Inspirational and encouraging. I'm glad you had someone phenomenal to look up to. It's unfortunate that not everyone gets that. Just think how many lives would go in different directions if someone provided them something to look up to and aspire to.

    Way to go on your achievements this week!! I hope you continue to make progress. Love the section in quotes next to the dragon pic.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Thank you, Shannon. Yes, my granddad was phenomenal. :D Glad you liked it!

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    1. It is! Thank you, Sherry and welcome to the Dragon Cave! :)

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  29. I am amazed each time I stop by, Sir Dragon. Resonating with your message in droves, here. :)

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    1. Thrilled each time you visit, Sir David! I'm happy you keep returning. :D

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  30. Love Mother dragons quote.
    Good job on your WIP goal!

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