There are lessons learned that stick with you, sometimes for the strangest reasons. Oh, there are those lessons hard-earned, won from exhausted toil and sheer panic. But others…others come from media and stories, and are important enough to carry on. Observation matters, MacGyver taught me, because most people tend not to look up. Perspective can be shifted, Ender said, and is vital to understanding. Love and companionship arrives from unexpected sources, in a disaster of a dog named Marley.
Whether it’s intentional or no, our stories share a part of ourselves with the world, and carry these lessons and messages. It doesn’t need to be heavy-handed messaging. Even when we might think it’s fluff, mind candy for the best of reasons, dreams matter. Whatever your theme, there’s a prompt to help you along.
|Cedar Sanderson||The crystalline rose petals landed softly on the cake||Becky Jones|
|AC Young||The scanning techs jumped up and down with joy when they saw what the latest pass of the planetary scanner had picked up.||Leigh Kimmel|
|Becky Jones||The scent of oranges drifted in on the breeze.||nother Mike|
|nother Mike||The snake and the dragon eyed each other…||Padre|
|Fiona Grey||The ghost made a halfhearted effort to scare intruders away, but his heart wasn’t in it, until…||AC Young|
|Leigh Kimmel||Behind the cabinet she found a tiny door, complete with knob and doorbell.||Cedar Sanderson|
|Padre||The manger scene doesn’t normally look like that…||Fiona Grey|
Need a spare? We’ve got you covered! It’s certainly better than needing a spare tire.
|Spare||Well, that was disappointing.|
|Spare||There were frogs in the trash can.|
|Spare||The settlers had a hard time figuring out the correct dates for Christmas and Easter given their new planet’s year.|
|Spare||The skeleton shivered as it hung in the closet…|
|Spare||This year, Santa Claus had a new reindeer guiding the sleigh. It breathed fire!|
|Spare||The basil eruption in midwinter was unexpected|
Post your tales in the comments, and see you next week.
Header image by Fiona Grey