Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
But eventually I did pick more. Usually only the strawberries from the top of the plant. Until I picked up one with a spider on it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This week, Mama Kat offered 5 awesome prompts. I could think of good stories for most of these:
1.) Write about a time a friend left you speechless.
2.) What would it take for you to pick up and move?
3.) A memorable neighbor.
4.) Write a poem about that time you were left behind.
5.) A song with significance.
So I'm going to start from the top today and save the rest to use later on.
Write about a time a friend left you speechless.
Immediately, one moment comes to mind....
I was in college, so I was probably 19 years old.
A group of us were out one night. There were maybe 5 or 6 of us.
We had been drinking (but I have no clue who got us our beer). Being the sneaky girls that we were, we poured our beer into empty McDonald's cups.
We ended up at a bowling alley. This was not something we normally did, but we had a blast. I was not the DD and was feeling pretty tipsy.
Two of us went to the bathroom, because teen age girls can't seem to ever go to the bathroom alone, right?
As we were finishing up and washing our hands, my friend sat up on the counter. She said, "I have to tell you something."
I was smiling & giggling from drinking the contents of my McDonald's cup, and I naively said, "Okay. What?"
"I had an abortion."
~~~ buzz kill~~~
I was speechless. I thought I knew this person but evidently I did not.
"My boyfriend & I went out of town last month & had it done. I wanted to tell you, but I knew I wouldn't have enough nerve unless we were drinking," she said.
Still, I stood in silence. All I could do was give her a hug.
I can't remember what was said next or even how we awkwardly left the restroom to rejoin our friends. I was so blown away with her news!
We never mentioned it again, and our relationship was never the same.
I have still, to this day, never told another person.
Remember my The "A" word post? I wonder how my friend feels about her decision now, 15 years later.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
But that day, the two of them were spending the day fishing with friends.
Some guys at school had told Justin about a hot spot along the river just outside of town. Sam & Justin usually fished in ponds, and the river wasn't a place they were familiar with. But they were excited to try something new.
The guys didn't waste any time once they got to 'the spot.' Hooks were baited. Lines were cast. Life was good. It nice for them to just hang out.
Everyone was standing barefoot in the shallow water.
It had rained the day before, and the river's current was strong.
They were only a few feet into the water, and Sam was standing right beside Justin.
Then Justin walked a little further into the water & stepped off of a sudden drop-off. In less than a split second, Justin was down in the water.
Sam felt Justin grab for his legs, but the current was too strong.
Justin was gone.
Water gives life. It also takes it away. Write a short piece - fiction or non-fiction - inspired by one or both of these statements.
*Unfortunately, this story was loosely inspired by a true story that happened last year here in town.