Wednesday's Words on a Friday

 

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along to read it and add a few encouraging words.

This month the words/prompts are supplied by Wise Web Woman and can be found here

This week's words/prompts are: 

1. dispensation 

2. discretion 

3. displeasure 

4. placebo 

5. silhouette 

6. sergeant 

7. wardrobe 

8. sympathy

also an image of a cat silhouette against a window

Here is my story:

In the shadowy dark, she stumbled towards the bed. Catching sight of her image in the mirror of the wardrobe, a few silent tears fell. In the near dark, the image was nothing more than a silhouette, but oh, what a changed silhouette. The rounded belly and swollen legs a far cry from the pretty shape she once was. Would she ever be so again?

Wiping away the tears, she recalled her mother's words as she sat on the edge of the bed.

 "You'll get no sympathy from me young lady! I warned you many a time of your indiscretion, yet you chose not to listen. Time and time again you fluttered your eyelashes at that sergeant, asking him to grant dispensation for your young man and off you'd go the two of you. Now here you are, pregnant and alone, with the soldiers all gone off to fight and who knows how many will come home or even if your young man will be among them? Let's not even mention your father's displeasure! Not once did you bring your boyfriend home to meet us, your father says that shows a lack of respect from both of you that cannot be forgiven."

Sighing heavily, she rubbed her aching back and wondered how much longer before the baby was born. This home for unwed mothers was nice enough, but she missed the freedom she'd once had. Here there were chores and curfews and horror stories from some of the other girls of childbirth and having to find somewhere to live after if your parents didn't allow you to come home again. Then there was the biggest decision of all. To keep the baby or allow it to be adopted? 


Comments

  1. Oh, parents ... sometimes you think they were never young themselves.
    Well written story. I hope she keeps the baby ... and of course that her young man comes back home again. I am a sucker for happy endings!

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    1. Charlotte; thank you. I like happy endings too, but they don't always happen.

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  2. This seems kind of hopeful but I believe women are resilient creatures so she'll probably move forward and do what needs to be done.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Lissa; sometimes moving forward is the hardest decision.

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  3. Such a hard decision - and one that many a young woman was forced to make. Great use of the prompts.

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    1. Elephant's Child; thank you. Back in the days of homes for unwed mothers, far too many had to face that hard decision, especially if their parents were not supportive.

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  4. So feel for her and am sorry her parents have decided to cast out their daughter and grandchild. May they have a change of heart.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; a change of heart may very well happen.

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  5. My heart aches for her and all women who have ended up in this position. No matter her decision, she's got a hard row to hoe.

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    1. messymimi; a very hard row to hoe whatever her decision is. Raising a baby alone, or having to live knowing she will never see her child.

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  6. Being a human at any age isn't easy.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  7. Sad story. Can a mother really be so "mean" and throw out her pregnant daughter?
    This is a story of way back then, right? My mother went to the doc with me so I can have the pill and not get pregnant, we talked about this...

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    1. Iris Flavia; the mother isn't mean and probably misses her daughter, but this is set way back when unmarried young girls who were pregnant was something to be ashamed of. I'm glad things are different now.

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  8. Tough decisions. Hard to know now which one will lead to the least regret.

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    1. Val; I'm hoping her parents relent and help her out. At least with discussions about possible scenarios.

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