ABC Challenge #23: W for (Whomping) Willow

The featured picture is a Willow tree was shot near Pahalgam, during my Kashmir holiday in December 2012. 

When I look at this, I am reminded of the famous Whomping Willow.

For all those Muggles who are clueless about what this is, a Whomping willow is a magical plant which would attack anyone and anything that comes near its branches. You can find it in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Some days are good. Some days are mediocre. Some days are so bad that you can’t wait for it to end, for a brand new day to begin. Accordingly, our mood varies with each day. Some days we long to talk to people and on some days we wish the world would let us in peace, and let us alone. Invariably, it is on those days that everyone wants something or the other to tell us. Of course.

It is on such occasions that I feel like a Whomping willow. When I’m in a bad mood and my temper is on the surface I tend to be a little edgy and snap at everyone who might just want to say an innocent hi. I’m pretty sure this phenomenon is not subjective. Anyone in a bad mood would be liked to be left alone. When unnecessarily interrupted let’s say one shouldn’t expect to have the most pleasant conversation of their life. 

The problem is some people don’t understand this simple fact. If only people left them alone. There, I said it. Now is it that difficult? Or is it very tough to comprehend?  I understand people care about us and want to know what’s bothering us. But in the midst of all this, they should understand that it is best not to keep disturbing people who are cranky. We would eventually come around. But our impatient loved ones want to know everything then and there. And I’m talking of giving just a few minutes of privacy.

I’ve learnt to handle things pretty well now. Earlier I used to shout back at almost anyone in my vicinity and immediately apologize to them. Now I’ve learnt to shut up and keep calm for a few minutes before coming back to normalcy.  It takes every ounce of my will power to stay quiet, and even more when people are trying to bombard me with questions but I’ve mastered that art by now.

So, have you ever felt like you were a Whomping Willow?

To read other posts in this challenge, click here.

27 thoughts on “ABC Challenge #23: W for (Whomping) Willow

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  1. We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it– whether as a fleeting annoyance or as a full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But, I think, talking and sharing relieves stress. So, it is better to scream, shout and vent out your anger.
    I prefer to have my pet around when I am angry: one look at him makes all my negative emotions fly away.Try it!
    Enjoyed reading this article, Ashwini.


  2. Mood swings are not alien to people. You are no exception to be afflicted. And what you mentioned further are indeed true to all , I guess.
    There are days and moments when you feel that you have to shut out from the world and times you long for a word , a hug, a banter and to be in the midst.

    Alas if it was easy to harness one's emotions!


  3. The existence of a ” whomping willow ” is anew addition to my knowledge. Had heard of a ” weeping willow ” and also that cricket bats are made from wood from a willow tree , so much so that carrying a cricket bat is also referred to as wielding the willow ! Nice post as usual accompanied by equally appealing photographs !


  4. When somebody bugs me when I am not in the mood to respond, I either keep quiet or just ask them to shut up/ don't bother me, and continue doing my work.


  5. well mood swings are just common.. but what is un-common is people trying to tame it.. and kudos gal to you for trying to do that.. really requires lot of courage and patience to take a control of your own mind..knowing fully well that others may still continue to irritate you 🙂


  6. Ha!Ha! I was just watching “Harry Potter” on TV and saw this post 😀 😀 I liked reading it – I think that happens to everyone..Earlier when I was angry, I would just scream and scream and often say a lot of hurtful things…In between, I tried cutting down on that but found that I ended up feeling even more sorry for myself…So I just speak my mind – if others have an issue, it is their problem 🙂


  7. Oh well. I usually have people have it when they should know its coming. Recently, I am tried to reign in my temper. But it's real difficult.
    Btw thanks for reminding me of the Harry Potter days. Life hasn't been the same since :\


  8. Thank you Ma'am 🙂

    Yes, I agree with venting out, but If the energy can be focused on something else, it would avoid unnecessary problems, is what I feel.

    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  9. I scarce myself from people when I'm in cranky mood. Time allows me to get back to normal. Totally relatable post. And interesting choice for W.


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