Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve had a few

What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TURNING POINT.

Cows, Field in Solothurn

Regrets are not something I do in life. I just get on with things. Do I regret leaving London to live in a country where the cows and farmers say good night to each other? Look at the photo and do I still have to give an answer? Of course I did not leave England for the cows, I discovered them after living in Switzerland. My first two years were in Zürich and there are not many cows living there, just bankers and gnomes to keep the Swiss bank accounts alive and prosperous.

I moved into the countryside of Switzerland, near Bern and then I realised this is it. This is what I had been looking for all my life. To arise in the morning to the smell of country and not the smell of the last two ton truck that had just driven along the main road. Mr. Swiss was included in the bargain, although I did not realise this until some years later and then my fate was sealed. Did I have regrets?

I might have written my first novel if I had not been busy feeding my children, sending them off to school, washing, ironing and cooking for the family, but that was my choice. It was either becoming famous as a writer, perhaps even an undiscovered film star (what does Sophia Loren have that I have not?) or prolonging my family branch hoping that I might have time for my fame later. I now have the time perhaps, but no longer the energy.

I know if I had not made this decision I would have stayed in the East End of London, met Mr. Right, had a family and been busy feeding my kids, sending them off to school, washing, ironing and cooking for the family. The difference being that this was in a London I do not know any more. A London of traffic, markets, streets smelling of dust after the rain. I now smell streets with the scent of cow manure after the rain, especially if the farmer has fertilised his fields.

There is not so much to write for me on this subject – I do not have any regrets.

There is something that hangs a little in my mind. I remember my grandparents. There was a time when I was quite into genealogy, tracing my family to find who was who, perhaps hoping that I was related somehow to royalty and could claim my rightful heritage in the shape of jewels, a nice little palace, a lovely numbered bank account in Zürich (back to Zürich again). However this was not to be. I found a group of French refugees, Huguenots, living in London who had fled from their country of France due to religious persecution. This was some time in the 17th century and all belongs to history. Some of them were actually rich, but not my direct branch. Mine were shoe menders, furniture makers, nothing special and definitely not rich. There were even a couple that died in the workhouse.

My grandmother, on the paternal side, had eleven brothers. I delved into this and found there were a few more that died at birth or quite young. I asked my father if he knew them. The answer was I remember …., he liked his drink, then there was ….. he liked a good gamble and so the story of my famous remarkable ancestors continued. I gave up, it seemed they were not remembered for their brave deeds in war or special honours for their work. They were a group of drunkards, gamblers and who knows what else. I just wish I could have asked gran what they were really like. I also wish I could have asked my grandfather on my maternal side about his family. I discovered he had a few sisters and brothers when examining his family background. No-one in the family ever mentioned them. Did they really exist as people; I only found their names in the records. They remained faceless for me.

Granddad liked his drink, a gamble and smoked like a trooper, so I think it is perhaps better when I do not discover more about this branch of the family. Or perhaps the secret of who actually was Jack the Ripper may be surfaced. His murders occurred in the same area of London where I grew up. Granddad might even have known him, perhaps granddad was ……no, he would have been too young at the time.

And so I can only say “Je ne regrette rien” – would be a good name for a song. Of course, if I would win a Pulitzer prize or Nobel prize for blog, I would not be unhappy. Perhaps that is my biggest regret or?

Daily Propt: Regrets, I’ve had a few

Regretful Pingbacks

  1. The Living Eulogy Experiment | contrailsonmyheart
  2. The last time I lied | Miss Moiety
  3. Regrets: Repost and Share | J. M. Tompkins
  4. Who Are These People? | Conversations
  5. Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Well you don’t know till you try, right? | thoughtsofrkh
  7. What I was and what I am | Right Down My Alley
  8. Two Wolves | Spirit Lights The Way
  9. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few – I miss you FeeFee | littlegirlstory
  10. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. Regrets: I’ve had a few – The mistake which changed my life.. | storyofmylife1993
  12. A Train Named “Regret” | The Jittery Goat
  13. Daily Prompt:Regrets,I’ve Had a Few | Motherhood and Beyond
  14. Turning to life or death? Regrets… | alienorajt
  15. Art Institute Woes… | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  16. A bittersweet thank you – a letter | walkin’ on sunshine
  17. Regrets (Huitain) | Liars, Hypocrites & The Development of Human Emotion
  18. About My Dog | Anchors Aweigh
  19. Daily Prompt: Turning Point | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  20. Daily Prompt: Non, je ne regrette rien … Well, not much, anyhow | SERENDIPITY
  21. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few « Mama Bear Musings
  22. Regrets, I’ve had a few: Where Do I Belong? | The Story of a Guy
  23. Regrets? « RPMAS
  24. Regrets, I’ve had Few | Flowers and Breezes
  25. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | On My Front Porch
  26. The Road I Should Have Taken | Creative Mysteries
  27. Reflections [Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few] | unknowinglee
  28. Ain’t Got No Time for That. | unblockedwriter
  29. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Kim, Who Lives at Home
  30. Daily Prompt : Regrets ….I’ve had a few | Valley Girl Gone Country
  31. University Knocks | The Magic Black Book
  32. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve had a few | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  33. REGRET OR IS IT CALLED EXPERIENCE | dandelionsinwind
  34. Forehead Slap – Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Reinvention of Mama
  35. Daily Prompt: Regrets? None. | My Atheist Blog
  36. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | LADYBOY PROMPT
  37. Daily Promts: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Photos and writings
  38. “Regrets, I’ve Had a Few” | Relax
  39. The Road Less Traveled | Just Visiting This Planet
  40. Crash & Turn | Good2begone
  41. Oh No, She Didn’t! Wow, She Really Didn’t… | Molly Greye
  42. No regrets with love | Life is great
  43. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | ellie azure
  44. I’m not what I was | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  45. Your Regrets Sing I Told You So | Bullets and Hearts
  46. points turning | Her Broken Nibs
  47. Regrets; I have it all the time. | Testimonies of a Liar
  48. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | cinnwriterblog
  49. I Did it My Way | Girlie Groove
  50. Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | The Nameless One
  51. Birthday thoughts
  52. Out of the Comfort Zone | Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Being a Huntress
  53. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few « The Blogging Path
  54. El otro camino (Another way) | Neva Samaki
  55. Daily Prompt: Regrets | Winding Road
  56. How I Lost My Virginity | Must Be This Tall To Ride
  57. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | GG’s World
  58. Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda | CurTales
  59. The Shadow of Regret | Wife Lies
  60. Regrets? Yeh, I’ve Had a Few | Cheri Speak
  61. I wish I didn’t, I wish I did. | Nekoruchii: Life of a Commoner
  62. A knapsack full… | notsinglebutnothappy
  63. I Could’ve Been An Astronaut! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  64. A gross underestimation | Life & Times
  65. Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | I solemnly swear i am upto no good!
  66. Regrets? I Have but One | Cold Coffee Curse
  67. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: AN UNUSUAL POV OF A TURNING POINT | Colonialist’s Blog
  68. What If? | meanderedwanderings
  69. Boredom is Dangerous | A Girl Divided
  70. Daily Prompts September 6th Regrets | awritersfountain
  71. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  72. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  73. YOUR KIND OF LOVE ENDED TRUST FOR ME | hastywords
  74. the turning point is | y
  75. Of regrets in life — Over Cups of Coffee
  76. Do I really need to say it again? | Rob’s Surf Report
  77. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few » My Life, My Way, My Words
  78. Top 7 – Regrets | My thought exactly…!
  79. Daily Prompt: TURNING POINT « Equitherapy
  80. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | lizardsonthelanai
  81. Write Now! 6 September 2013 Meets the Daily Prompt: Turn Turn Turn | One Starving Activist
  82. Earliest Regret | readingwithafeather
  83. “It Takes a Life to Learn How to Live” | Kami’s Beautiful Morning
  84. Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda | My OCD Diaries
  85. No regrets, No translation #poetry #children | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  86. Daily post – Regrets: Nnah! | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  87. What if I was a regretful guy? | Okay, what if ?
  88. Regret Wears Your Smile | loveletterstoaghost
  89. If I Had Gone to Color Wars | A Day in the Life
  90. The Thing That Lives Beyond the Silver Lake – By: NCBEK (Daily Post Response) | Incessant Ramblings
  91. The Thing That Lives Beyond the Silver Lake – By: NCBEK | Incessant Ramblings
  92. Faith in the Future | Wiley’s Wisdom
  93. Daily Prompt:Staying in Focus: Writing Regrets | Staying in Focus
  94. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Heron There & Everywhere
  95. Regrets: I’ve Had a Few | Club 30
  96. Year 23 B.B. – Reflections and Regrets of a Teen Mom | Farfetched Friends
  97. Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | Freeing My Random Thoughts
  98. Why Did I hate Snape? | Journey to the Centre of My Heart
  99. 31 to 22 Day 20: Something was different about this time… | TheLiteraryHeaux
  100. Regrets I’ve Had | My [redacted] Journey
 
 

18 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve had a few

  1. Pingback: Regrets, I’ve had a few: Where Do I Belong? | The Story of a Guy

  2. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Regrets? None. | My Atheist Blog

  3. Great post!

    I LOVE those cows … really. 🙂

    It’s wonderful to hear some say they have “found what clicked for them.”

    Inspiring. 🙂

    Like

  4. Pingback: The Road Less Traveled | Just Visiting This Planet

  5. Pingback: Oh No, She Didn’t! Wow, She Really Didn’t… | Molly Greye

  6. Pingback: I’m not what I was | I Didn't Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving

  7. Pingback: Regrets? Yeh, I’ve Had a Few | Cheri Speak

  8. Pingback: I Could’ve Been An Astronaut! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog

  9. Pingback: A gross underestimation | Life & Times

  10. Pingback: YOUR KIND OF LOVE ENDED TRUST FOR ME | hastywords

  11. Pingback: No regrets with love | Life is great

  12. Pingback: Do I really need to say it again? | Rob's Surf Report

  13. Pingback: What if I was a regretful guy? | Okay, what if ?

  14. Pingback: Regrets I’ve Had | My [redacted] Journey

  15. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few | flow of my soul

  16. Yours is a good life. That prize may come along soon – you never know – as we say in the States “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” 😉

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s