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The Refusal


"No, no, no... you are not going to drag me into another one of your stupid wars," Bonnie texted to her sisters, fingers tapping angrily on the touchscreen alphabet of her phone. As the middle child, she had spent most of her life being the peacemaker between her two sisters.

 For the past couple of years things had gone more smoothly between them, but here they were once again, engaged in in a war of words and hurt feelings that mushroomed into an ugly drama with both sides attempting to secure Bonnie's allegiance. She couldn't believe that these two women, both in their sixties, were this angry with each other over one stating that the other had "issues" and the other one not stopping by to visit when she was in town. 

"Can't you just talk it out and then let it go," Bonnie pleaded to two sets of deaf ears, "forgive and forget and move on?"

Realizing that they fully intended to continue their verbal warfare, Bonnie decided to set personal boundaries that would keep her out of the fray, so she notified both sisters that she would no longer allow either of them to tell her something negative about the other, thereby refusing to be a party to their conflicts ever again.
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I'm linking up with Ivy Walker at "Uncharted" for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "refuse"
Come and read more Six Sentence Stories, and share one of your own!

16 comments:

  1. Wise...wise...wise....the key to emotional survival!!!

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    1. I agree, Ivy, learning to set boundaries is essential for peace of mind!

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  2. A wise solution...may it work. Great tale.

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    1. Thanks! It tends to work well if you are willing to stand behind those boundaries whenever the need arises. That's not always easy to do, but otherwise no one takes you seriously.

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  3. The sisters will (would) probably turn on Bonnie.

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    1. What I have seen happen is that if you get pulled into the fray you will inevitably become a target for their anger, that's why it is so essential to distance yourself and keep out of it!

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  4. I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of them contact your narrator to want to explain their side of the story. However as you say take no sides as it is much safer.

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    1. It does always seem to go that way, Old Egg, both sides clamoring for the outsider to agree with them and take up their banner. There are always two sides to a story, and the very best way of dealing with people who love to clash with each other is to maintain a healthy distance from their conflicts and issues. Getting sucked in is sure to lead to unhappiness!

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  5. Excellent! Those are some long, long sentences!

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    1. It's true that a couple of those sentences got fairly complicated but I think they fall within legal range of readable, at least I hope so! :-)

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  6. Well written, and just the right way to handle it.

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    1. Thank you Mimi, it took a lot of years for Bonnie to learn to refrain from getting involved. Some people are not seeking resolution, they like to wallow in self-pity and drama!

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  7. actually, and not to sound cynical, it would be interesting to hear how that strategy fared, over time… families and relationships are so incredibly powerful and persistent and pervasive (within each member's life.

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    1. I have it on good report Clark, that it is the only method Bonnie has found over the years to deal with her two warring sisters, that enables her to maintain her own sense of emotional balance and inner-harmony. However, as you note, relationships and learned behaviors are persistent, she often finds the need to redraw those lines in the sand for her sisters and make sure they understand that they must abide by her rules to have access to her life.

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  8. Well written and love the photos of the cats and papa bear.

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    1. Thank You! I love those furry faces too... especially Papa Bear's! :-)

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