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F is for FECKLESS


For Round 12 of ABC Wednesday I'm presenting a vocabulary word each week that we don't hear in everyday conversation, accompanied by a short story or verse. This week ABC Wednesday is all about the letter F, and my f-word of the day is...
feck·less
Adjective - 1. (of a person) Lacking in efficiency or vitality.  2. Unthinking and irresponsible.
Synonyms: powerless - ineffective - helpless

"You feckless piece of crap", Jake's mother snarled at him, followed shortly by his father denouncing him as a "total waste of skin."  This verbal assault, occurring because he had forgotten once again to pick up his younger brother after school, was not the first and was not to be the last.  Jake's parents were exasperated with his forgetfulness, his inability to follow through on even simple tasks like remembering to put gas in the car, or lock the front door when he left for school each morning.

The more they harangued him, the more withdrawn Jake became, spending all of his time sequestered in his room, and frequently complaining of headaches, which his parents attributed to his avoidance of helping out around the house.

It wasn't until Jake awoke one morning crying out from his bed that he was unable to see, that his parents realized there was something seriously wrong.  He was immediately taken to the hospital where doctors discovered and removed a tumor from his brain that had not only affected his vision, but also his ability to remember.

After a time of healing Jake's memory returned to what it once had been, though his vision remained permanently impaired.  He went on to graduate from high school and college with honors, earning a degree in psychology and becoming a renowned therapist that specialized in adolescent care.  One lesson he never failed to impart to parents was the importance of listening to what their children are trying to tell them and not to be hasty in drawing conclusions, that what is obvious is not always what is true.
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20 comments:

  1. Oooo I like it. I know a few feckless fellows at work.

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    1. Yes, it seems to be a rather common malady these days!

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  2. a FOUL thing to say to one's son!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Indeed Rog, Jake's parents were really a FINE pair, weren't they? I wish no child of any age ever had to hear words like this, and yet we know it happens. Cruel words cause permanent damage every bit as bad as physical abuse.

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  3. You did a great job with the story. I agree with Roger about the foul things the parents said to their child. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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    1. Thanks Carver! As far as I'm concerned, parents who talk to their children like this should be shot. Someone needs to be an adult and a role model of how stressful situations should be handled, and this clearly isn't the way.

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  4. I think you meant his vision was permantly "impaired"
    but I like the way you twisted it to come out on the plus side. It is not always easy to know the best thing to do when raising a child, although I've always tried to be on the positive side with mine. (notice the word tried)
    Feclless is a great word

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    1. Yes, I did mean to write impaired, GS, thanks for spotting that! As usual, I cannot proof my own writing effectively! I do understand that Jake's parents were reaching their limits on dealing with his forgetful behavior, and of course their verbal attacks only furthered the distance in their communication and probably made him more sullen. Parenting is a tough job, but there is NEVER need to call a child things like that to express your displeasure! The message can be conveyed without a personal attack. I like the word too, it sounds right for what it means.

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    2. please note how I spelled "feckless"
      I've always said that editing is like picking up dog poop in the back yard...no matter how hard you look, you always miss a pile...

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    3. I did note that GS, it made me smile! I love the dog poop analogy and will remember it for future use! :-)

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  5. "a total waste of skin" is harsh...these words can break the child's spirit. some parents ridicule their own children to make them feel good about themselves.

    i like your F word.:p

    Frangipani

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    1. It is a very harsh thing to say to anyone! I once knew a man who used this expression often for people he felt were beneath him. I felt great contempt for him and his expression, and included it here for that very effect, the saying of cruel things to belittle a child. This is not parenting, it is abuse, pure and simple. Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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  6. Poor Jake! Glad he showed his parents he wasn't a feckless fellow after all!

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    1. I know Robyn, how sad that they not only doubted his integrity but undermined his sense of self-worth too.

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  7. I've often shuddered when I'm out at the grocery or other public place and see parents berate their children. I've wanted to step in but haven't as yet. I've never heard this word before.
    Ann

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    1. Me too, Ann, I want to pull the parents aside and say "What are you doing to that child??" We see it on tv all the time too... parents and children talking to each other with no love or regard. Tragic.

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  8. That is so sad, glad that he turned out a fine man!

    Fitness... Fashion... Family

    Playing catch up again with F entries..
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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    1. The past doesn't have to define our present, no matter how cruel and heartless it may have been, Rose. That was the point of this story, taking what happened and building on that experience to work effectively with other young people and parents. We can't always help what life brings us, but we don't have to let it be our defeat!

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