FIREBUG!  That as the name of a play that my class performed in high school about 1949.  My class was small, just over twenty students.  Apparently they tried to give a role to everybody since I was assigned the role of “Make-up” in spite of the fact I wore no make-up – not even lipstick!  They were apparently desperate by the time they got to me.  Didn’t really matter.  I had an excuse to be behind stage and someone must have handled the “make-up” for me.  I don’t remember

From that introduction of me, you will not be surprised that I do not have “old flames” from my high school days, but the subject of “flames” is interesting to me.  I connect flames with passion.  And in my long years there have been many things about which I have been very passionate.  I’ll start with some minor passions and move to those of more importance.

  •  Needle work, embroidery in particular.  I have a table cloth which I designed and embroidered sometime about 1965.  It is avocado green.  That dates it. It also explains why it is in a bag among the dried flowers which for some reason were important to keep..
  • Collecting books.  Passion for that went somewhat overboard.  Now I’m afraid I see them as white elephants.
  • Teaching.  I spent much time in creating new materials to show alternate ways of learning if the textbook style did not work.  Gone are the days, only memories remain.
  • My own home.  One we had built just our style, the other was sublime, designed by someone who knew what they were doing. After  I entered the door,  I sat on the carpet before the fireplace and thought that was my ultimate dream come true.  They are now nothing but pictures and memories.

Lest this post gets too long, I go to my conclusion about passion.  I find that “things” for which I felt passion are gone.  The passion that remains is my family, which has grown to the third generation;  my husband who still fills my need for stability and love; my church, the root of my social life; my country, whose freedom has been purchased by the blood of willing patriots; and my Lord, in whom I have hope, peace, faith and life eternal.  These are the flames which still burn and grow.  I’m thankful.

(written in response to Michelle W at The Daily Post, “Flames”)




About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Faye says:

    Absolute TRUTH. Thank you. The passionate flames in this life must be the ones of ‘eternal’ value.

  2. mandibelle16 says:


    I’m so pleased you still have things in your life to be passionate about such as your family. I’m happy you still find passion in Jesus. Have a great rest of your weekend. I hope you’re doing well 🙂

  3. dawnlizjones says:

    Passion, as opposed to enthusiasm (which can be fleeting and fickle), is incredibly powerful. Thus we must be very careful where we put it. Obviously, you have chosen well!

    • Oneta Hayes says:

      Hi, dear friend. Yes, I am blessed. Sort of goes with God giving us the desires of our hearts, doesn’t it? When we want what he wants us to want – well, that’s a nice place to be. Wise you are to point out that enthusiasm is different. Enthusiasm can get you into deep waters before you count the cost!

  4. Hayley says:

    I lovely insight into your passions Oneta, I too share some of your own! (although I am a complete rookie when it comes to embroidery) hehe I love collecting books, especially old classics like Dickens and Hemingway. I am also passionate about my faith in God, a higher consciousness who, at the core, is pure love energy and our central ticket to Truth. Thank you for sharing your passions with the world xx

  5. Roos Ruse says:

    What a lovely spin on the prompt, Oneta.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    FIrst & forever fan the flame of your faith…because all things are possible to them who believe! (Jeffrey Holland) Oneta, your faith shines through what you share everytime; fanning the hearts of all of those who read what you have written! Hugs and many warm blessings to you!

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