Q is for Quinn


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Quinn
Quinn, 57, lived on the farm across the road from Opal and her husband, and the couples had been friends for many years. Belle enlisted Quinn's help to talk some sense into Opal about attending the surprise baby shower at the church for her daughter-in-law, Denise. 

The big question was whether or not to tell Opal that Denise's mother was going to be there; Quinn knew that might encourage her to attend, but she also didn't want Opal to accidentally spoil the surprise by spilling the beans to her her son.

Rather than initiate a confrontation about the shower, Quinn cleverly told Opal that she needed to drive to the city on the morning of the baby shower to pick up a friend at the airport who was flying in for the weekend; she asked Opal to go along to keep her company.

Quinn knew that once Opal found out who they were picking up she would do her best to save face and act like she had always intended to attend the shower. The three of them walking in to the baby shower together would save Denise the humiliation of having her mother-in-law be a no show, and Opal could act like she was in on the plan all along.

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27 comments:

  1. That's such a wonderful plan. Quinn is smart, beyond words. So happy for Denise. Thanks for yet another lovely story .
    Love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! I think she wants to keep her friendship with Opal and would rather do it this way than get into an argument about Opal attending the baby shower. Hopefully it will work out ok.

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  2. Opal is getting a chance she doesn't really deserve.....a lot like God's grace.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Exactly, Barabara! I often contemplate what our lives would be like if we got what we deserved, and only that!

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  3. Sounds like a plan that can't fail!

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    1. Hopefully Opal will come around and decide to be nice about the whole situation, even if only for appearances sake.

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  4. Where there is a will, there is a way! Great plan and great SSS.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Quinn thinks Opal should attend the shower, but this is a nicer way to "convince" her rather than a confrontation. Quinn is a peacekeeper, my kind of person. :-)

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    1. Fingers crossed, Keith. Now if Opal decides to go along without causing a fuss all will turn out ok.

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  6. Plan your work, and work your plan. Good post!

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    1. Thank you, UP! Quinn put some thought into this, she didn't want to bully Opal into going, this way she is allowing her to "save face".

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  7. I like the way your mind works, everyone is saving face and there's a win/win outcome. Maybe. There's a part of me that doubts Opal will be so amenable when the surprise is on her, but maybe I'm thinking of that "other mother".

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    1. I suspect that Opal won't have the best reasons for attending, but at least she will be there, and that's important in a small community where everyone knows everyone else's business. She needs to be there for Denise. Hopefully she will behave and act graciously, unlike the situation you are familiar with. One of my points with these stories is that if women put their heads together they can come up with plans that are win/win and no one has to lose. We both know that some people are just incorrigible though and no amount of kindness and effort will win their cooperation.

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    1. Hopefully, it will work, Brenda. Denise doesn't need more hurt feelings because of her unyielding mother-in-law.

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  9. More than one way to skin a cat, as the saying goes.

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    1. Oh dear! There is truth in the thought, the expression is an old one I heard growing up, but now that I think about it... ewwww!!

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    1. She is definitely a caring friend, trying hard to work everything out peacefully.

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  11. excellent plan.... you people* have such an innate ability to link parts in ways that not only do not require mutual acknowledgement, but may, as is the case of this week's post, leverage the effects of (eventual) recognition of the 'linking' to the benefit of all!
    (whew! no, there was a moment where I lost myself in the process of writing this comment)

    good Six!

    * the other half of the population who hail from land of Y Chromia

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    1. Thanks, Clark! :-) It didn't take long for me to realize that weaving 26 women into a very short series was going to be a bit messy. Traditionally, we would get to meet them over a gradual period instead of daily. I'm trying to include them and still maintain a simple story line to keep it flowing. I think it's working out somewhat ok.

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  12. Tricky stuff, helping people to show their best side. Great serial you've got going, Josie :)

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    1. Thanks, RL! Most of the ladies in the Women's Circle want to be their best, but there are always a few who can't quite grasp that concept. Maybe with some encouragement in time they will.

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  13. Now that is some kind of psychologically brilliant "warfare"!! Opal is no match for Quinn, and I'm sure I wouldn't be either! lol

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  14. Okay, now I see how the mother-in-law ended up at the shower acting like she had some sense!
    Finding Eliza

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