OCCUPY THANKSGIVING Meets the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups

This week  marks the 20th 100 Word Challenge over at Julia’s Place. I think I have missed a couple, but it has been a wonderful journey through incredible writing.

Be sure to check out other entries.

As usual, Julia has set us an interesting challenge. In her words:

Now for this week we are going topical again. The King James bible celebrated it’s 400th birthday last week. Although it is a religious text is has formed our language across the years. It has some surprising phrases that we use often in  everyday conversations.

The prompt this week is to use at least one of these for inspiration.

…the powers that be  /  the apple of his eye  /   the writing on the wall…

You do not have to include the phrase if you don’t want to but the piece must indicate which it was in it’s content. As usual you have 100 words and it must be suitable for a PG certificate.

I, of course, have to make things even more difficult for myself, because I decided today that all my posts this week should fit into the OCCUPY THANKSGIVING movement started over at Jamie’s fabulous blog. So here is a non-fiction post that is very personal and might be just a smidge shy of an R rating (sorry Julia). I am also including a picture, because it seems right.

Daddy and daughter bonding over a video game.

I remember the day I read the writing on the wall, the spot of blood that indicated something was wrong. I fought against the reality for as long as I could, but the painful truth was that I briefly carried a child not meant to live. Less than a year passed when the powers that be granted me a gift that helped make up for the pain of that loss. I sit and watch my husband interacting with Sarah, the apple of his eye, and realize that even with the occasional battle of wills, this was the child I was meant to have, and I am forever grateful.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jfb57
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 04:17:28

    Beautiful Lisa and not a rant at all. The 100 word challenge is a space for all thoughts, moods emotions so feel free! I can see how you have been able to combine the sadness with the hope and future. Lovely personal post!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 08:08:39

      I didn’t think it was a rant Julia, just that it might have a slightly higher rating that PG. 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words.


  2. Sally-Jayne
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 08:16:36

    This is beautiful Lisa. It must have been hard for you to share such a personal story, So happy that it had a positive ending. Your daughter looks lovely!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 08:28:58

      Sally-Jayne, the interesting thing that I am learning the more I write and the more I share is the powerful ability of words to heal. I was a little nervous sharing this because I didn’t want to offend or hurt anyone who has their own painful memories of loss, but at the same time when we read stories of others that resonate for us, our stories become richer I think.

      On a humorous side note, I had just posted this when that lovely daughter had a meltdown of epic proportions over the fact that she didn’t eat dessert. Yay parenting!


  3. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:20:52

    Lisa, this will strike a chord with many. You wrote with great sensitivity and I admire your courage for writing so personally ((hug))


  4. Ronnie/Hurtled to 60
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 13:39:48

    Wow, breathtaking and emotional. A very personal piece of writing, very brave.


  5. Taochild
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 14:07:05

    Ditto! With all of the above. Sorry. tired brain still tired. Can’t do better than that 🙂


  6. Alison Green
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 14:31:30

    Thank you for this lovely honest tale. Writing from the heart is the most powerful.


  7. Lynda Dixon
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 14:55:28

    A lovely pice of writing, written from the heart. I too have been there (twice) so understand. Sometimes it pays not to question but to accept that there is a reason we may not understand just yet. Even when your daughter is naughty, you will still bless every day you have her.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 15:06:08

      I remember looking for answers and blaming myself for a long time, but then I recognized that if I hadn’t lost the first, I wouldn’t have found Sarah.


  8. midlife singlemum
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 15:22:34

    I also has a mis (or two) and I firmly believe that after all the sadness and even though you never forget the ones that didn’t make it, you bring home exactly the baby you wanted.


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  10. Dughall McCormick (@dughall)
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 16:07:39

    Wow. I am really moved by this. So poignant and heartfelt. As Anna has said and others imply, chords are being struck.
    Thank you.


  11. Him Up North
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 18:22:38

    If ever a piece of writing was bigger than its word count, this is it. Great piece.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 19:42:59

      Wow, that is probably the biggest and most wonderful comment I’ve ever received. Thank you.


  12. HerMelness Speaks
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 02:14:48

    Poignant. A beautiful piece of writing.


  13. circusmum
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 03:05:58

    Really amazing how something only 100 words long can tell such a huge story and be so moving.
    This is my first week taking part in the challenge and I’m blown away by the calibre of writing!


  14. Rose
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:47:38

    This is something so many people experience that seems to get so rarely acknowledged. You’ve done it beautifully, really.

    It seems that the posts you’ve been hesitant to post have been among your very best!


  15. wcdameron
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 18:45:43

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Lisa. I love that you gave us a glimpse of your life and shared something so personal and painful. And, you shared it so beautifully.


  16. susankmann
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 08:42:08

    Beautiful, such powerful and strong words. Yet with pain and sorrow with them. Thank you for sharing and happy thanksgiving. x


  17. ventahl
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:10:07

    Straight from the heart. What a thoughtful piece. Just the sort of caliber I’ve come to expect. A+


  18. Lorely
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 10:16:42

    Thoughtful piece that resonates with all of us who have been there. After losing a baby, you can only be more grateful than ever when you finally have a child. They are the most precious gift of all.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 26, 2011 @ 11:12:15

      Sometimes that’s hard to remember, because they are also human with all the annoyances that come with being human, but precious gift indeed.


  19. GSussex
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 16:47:21

    Full of meaning, pain and hope
    Thanks for write and sharing Lisa



  20. MOL
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 11:27:11

    I stumbled upon your blog entry from clicking related articles in another blog as a result of writing about 100 word challenges inky blog. What you wrote here is touching and inciteful. Do enjoy your daughter as she grows up. They grow up so quickly. Mine just graduated last year and started her first job. Time sure flies!


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