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Talisman


The writing  prompt for this week's Sunday Scribblings is "talisman"...

Razorblade.  In her teen years Winn kept a wrapped one inside her shoe. It gave her comfort and security, knowing the way out was always close at hand if things got too bad. From time to time she would unwrap the blade and test the edge against her finger, making sure it was still sharp enough for it's intended purpose.  It turned out to be her lucky charm, she never had to use it.

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  1. I feel sorry for that poor kid. But it gave her confidence and a sense of safety.

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    1. You are right Lotta Joy, it gave her a sense of security and control over her life.

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  2. Man, that's some deep thinking for a Sunday morning. Said an awful lot in those few words; very nice. Who said you were a rambler? ;-)

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    1. Once in awhile a thought comes to me in response to a word prompt, complete and ready to put down. This is what happens. :-)

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  3. This is a sad post but in it's few short sentences tells of a life of torment. Luckily her belief in herself won through. Great work.

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    1. Perseverence is the key, Old Egg! She perservered and she did indeed come thru to the other side where life was good... better than she ever believed it could be!:-)

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  4. Sometimes knowing you have a way out is all it takes to recommit to where you're at.

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  5. Wow. This is quite intense. I like that it still has this shining glimmer of hope that she never had to use it.

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    1. Sorry, Carrie, not my usual fare but every now and then I have to let my dark side express itself a bit. This story does have a happy ending, I know that! ;-)

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  6. love this and can totally relate. btw...love the furry kiddy pics too!

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy when I can tell a story with some depth in condensed form, I'm usually pretty wordy! Gla you liked the furkids, we love them a bunch, spoiled though they are! :-)

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  7. Josie, cutting is a huge topic, and you took in on concisely and with great care. This girl was so lucky, and I am GLAD you took on the "dark side" within. I'm all about inspecting the tricky bits, so... it's good to know others are doing the same. Speaking of which... Brava. Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/08/13/broken-angel-sun-scribs-dverse-first-half-for-bloomings/

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    1. Thank you Amy! This wasn't intended to be a sensationalist piece, it is a statemement of what someone's reality could be and was, even if it is difficult for some to understand.

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    1. Thank you, Kathe! I think it said what I wanted to convey.

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  9. What an insightful write..i understand fully how something seemingly unsafe can keep you safe..it comforted me to read that here..jae

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    1. Exactly, Jae! Not everything can be taken at face value. We tend to handle things better if we do not feel trapped, if we know we have a way out.

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  10. It's amazing how the things that could destroy us can also give us a weird kind of security. I have a friend who stashed several bottles of pills in her nightstand as a way out when she was going through a horrible and vicious divorce. She didn't take a single pill but did say that knowing she had the pills comforted her in an odd way. You really are spot on with your story!

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    1. Thank you Selma! I think that knowing we have a way out helps us feel more in control when situations in our lives our out of control, Selma. It reduces the level of desperation, knowing there is always that option available. It seems like a strange contradiction, but I know for a fact it is true.

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