The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Joule, Journey, Joust, Jousting Contest, A Fable from The Child and The Prophet





“Jousting can be fun, Child. Let’s have a jousting contest and see how many joules you work up pulling Mr. Whale across the water,” said The Prophet as he looked at The Child lying on Mr. Whale.  She was complaining of boredom and not having anything to do.

“What’s jousting, Prophet?”

“Good question, Child."

“And joules too, Prophet? What are they?"



“What do you think?”

“No idea. Is it fun jousting and calculating joules?”

“Some people might say that?”

“Who, Prophet?”

“People who calculate.”

"Calculate what, Prophet?"

"Joules."

“So what is a joule? I’m lost.”

"You’re not lost, Child. You’re lying on Mr. Whale, suffering from a state called boredom.”

"Oh wow, what's a state, Prophet? You keep speaking strange words."


"You don't say, Child."

“My journey hasn't been easy since I hooked up with you.”

The Prophet chuckled.

“Do you want to joust or not Child?”

“If I knew what it meant, I’d say yes.”

“Say yes, and surprise yourself.”

“Okay, but if I don’t like this, I'm going to stop immediately.”

"Agreed."

“What must I do, Prophet?”

“Take this rope, I've made and tie it around the middle section of Mr. Whale's body.”

"For what?"

"So you can pull him across the water."

"And what's Mr. Whale going to do?"

"He's going to be on the other side of the water facing you."

"And then?"






"He's going to try to stop you from pulling him."

"Prophet, that sounds like work. Mr. Whale weighs a ton."

"Might be, but we can calculate the joules."

"And what are joules?"

"That's what you're about to find out, Child."



Shalom Aleichem,


Pat Garcia

38 comments:

  1. Saw you stopped by, so i visted again. Love yoour inquisitive child. reminds me of my grandkids.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Susanne. I love your blog postings also and will be dropping in again.
      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  2. Sounds like there will be some fun coming up for the Child! Who will win in this jousting contest?
    ~VanillaBean at Travelling Spoons

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    1. I believe the contest winner will remain a secret between The Child and The Prophet. Thanks so much for coming by.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  3. Lovely Pat! Say yes and surprise yourself!!! I love the banter as The Child continues on her journey ..

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  4. Brave child to venture into the unknown to meet what might turn out to be a whale of an experience. Thank you, Patricia.

    Shalom,
    Samantha

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    1. Yes, she is brave but she doesn't know it yet.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  5. I'm waiting for the child to discover the answer to her question.

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    1. I think The Child is waiting also. She gets pretty frustrated with The Prophet because he never tells her.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  6. This tale just keeps on getting more creative.

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    1. Thank you and I'm glad you came by.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  7. I have so many emotions when I read through this story. It is so thought provoking for me. I am loving it. I had to go back and read a few days that I missed, but now I am all caught up. Today's post made me think about how we often are scared of what we don't know. In reality though, some of those scariest things, are the things that allow us to grow the most! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. You have said that wonderfully and I love it. "Some of the scariest things are the things that allow us to grow the most." I would love to quote you in one of my articles on another blog that have, if you don't mind.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  8. Like with the child here, curiosity is key. Keep asking, keep questioning, and who knows ... the answer might surprise.
    Great post, and so very emotional.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for letting me know that the emotions came across.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  9. Ooh, interesting challenge. Boredom is a crummy thing. My mother taught me never to admit to it and keep busy. If I complained of the state she would tell me to go get the broom. :) I would rather play with a whale.
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
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    1. I would too. Boredom is something I don't deal with very well at all. I think many people have a problem with it. Thanks for coming by.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  10. The jousting is my nephew's favorite thing to watch when we go to the Renaissance Festival. Girl Who Reads

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    1. One of my favorite to watch also. We have a Renaissance Festival here near us and I enjoy it. Thanks for coming by.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  11. And here I always thought a joust was with horses and lances. Now that would have been fun to watch on the Whale.

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    1. It sure would have. I toyed with that combination and how to use it for a while before I decided to broaden the use and not limit it to horses and lances. A writer's privilege. Thank you so much for coming by. Your comment had me smiling.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  12. I'm glad you stopped by my Vintage Daze blog, so I can find you here. I'm going to have to go back to A and catch up.
    Have a wonderful day!
    PS. GORGEOUS Eagle photo on your page!
    Trisha Faye
    www.vintagedaze.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you and I will be stopping by again. I enjoyed your blog postings.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  13. Yes, it is interesting what we learn, if we simply try! I do chuckle at your little girl. I probably would want to know what I am getting into before I tried something too! A great post.

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    1. Thank you my dear Gwynn. I believe we all want to know what going to happen before we say yes, but unfortunately, life is not like that. The Child has a lot to learn.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  14. Keep asking questions, kid. That's how you learn things, like what a joust and joule are. =)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. And she will. She has questions and The Prophet enjoys her exploration and her questions. He doesn't mind.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  15. There's a renaissance faire in SoCal now that works well with your story :)


    Joy @ The Joyous Living

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting again, Joy. Have fun at the faire.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  16. Jousting and Joules. Excellent. What a mixture.

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  17. Love this Pat, boredom sometimes take imagination! But what a lovely site!

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    1. So true. Sometimes boredom steals imagination.
      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  18. What an lovely adventure this Child has begun -- with a mysterious Prophet to guide her. Curiosity and boredom create a kind of mental jousting . . . with curiosity vanquishing boredom even before the Whale and Child begin. Thank you for visiting my site as well. Can't believe we're truly making progress every day on this A2Z challenge. May the rest of the week go well for you.

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    1. Yes, we are making progress. I have been reading some fantastic blogs and it is hard for me not to go back and revisit them because they are blogs that I enjoy.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  19. The word 'boredom' caught my attention.
    Kids of today are quickly bored. I can't understand it. They always need something MORE, to occupy them.
    Just some thoughts...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Unfortunately, that is so. I think we as adults have somehow taken the excitement out of childhood with our demands that kids grow up before their time.

      Shalom,
      Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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