A picture speaks a thousand words

The Weekly Writing Challenge posted this picture and asked us to tell the story. Here is my version:

The fluorescent light flickers in the deadly quiet hallway. It’s late and everyone has gone home. The only two souls left are inside the lab. The board meeting was set for 8am and they still had a lot to do. For some reason they simple can not get the test results to match up with what was expected.

On the table is two plates. The first contains “pure” meat. Free range graze cattle – the nutritional values through the roof. The second contained their 8th test sample for the night. The first had simply melted into pink slime when introduced to heat. The second caused diarrhea in the lab rats within 30 minutes of consumption. The third caused internal bleeding. They have been trying all night, but simply could not succeed. Convinced that they finally had the correct combination of synthetic enzymes to grow the meat in the dish, the pushed on.

Hours later the “meat” was ready for the board meeting. The rats ate with no apparent problems. No vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea or bleeding. Satisfied that they had succeeded they called it a night and decided to stop at a local pub to celebrate. Tomorrow they produce their results to the board. They would be famous – the food industry revolutionized! No longer would they need acres of land to fill the ever growing consumer need for food; it could all be done in a lab.

The next morning as they were applauded by board, they were unaware of the genetic changes taking place in the rats. Irreversible changes which would only be seen in generations to come.

Moral of the story?
Scientists, please leave our food alone. Leave the cooking to the professionals, chefs knows what to do. PS, Mother Nature has been producing well enough for thousands of years, she does not need your help!

Four Stars

Write a review of your life as if it was a book or a movie.

I am going to skip today’s prompt for one simple reason:

GRADE 5 exams! Social Sciences (history and geography) to be specific.

All I will say is this: I don’t miss school! I took half the day off at work to study with Luke for tomorrow’s exam. Thanks to SevenPointFive Mindset it was a breeze for him, but right now I am exhausted! My brain is quite possibly fried.

Write a review of your life. I deserve about forty stars for what was accomplished today!

Happy Birthday Nonet to my sister, Cila!

I first heard about a Nonet via fellow blogger, Draliman. A Nonet is a poem with nine lines. The first line has 9 syllables, the second 8 and so on until the 9th line has only 1.

Today would have been my sister’s birthday, she would have been 33. In 2005 she was taken from us very suddenly and we miss her every day. She only ever drank Jack Daniels on the rocks, so every year now I have one on her birthday. This year I decided to add a Nonet in her honor.

This one is for Cila:

You were a naughty, crazy, wild one
Always laughing, full of passion
Happy birthday my sister
Taken away too soon
Your light shines on us
Each night and day