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U is for Uriel


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.

Uriel:
Uriel, 25, was married to a Cottonwood Creek boy she met while they were in high school.  He was a mechanic at the local car dealership, hung out with the guys at the bar on Friday nights, and led what otherwise appeared to be a normal life with Uriel. Vanessa, who was sitting across the table from Uriel at Denise's baby shower, saw the signs and knew better.  It was a story she knew all to well from an earlier time in her life... the thick layer of makeup in an attempt to conceal a bruised face, the downcast eyes, the unlikely explanation about her broken wrist. 

Vanessa had gone out of her way to be friendly to Uriel at the shower, and decided to drop by her house the following day with a gift of fresh rolls and homemade blueberry jelly. When Uriel opened the door Vanessa could see that she'd been crying, and was glad when Uriel hesitantly complied with her request to come in and visit for a few minutes. 

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14 comments:

  1. I too have come across a few Uriels in my life. Though its terribly painful to see someone in so much distress, there's little we can do other than offering temporary respite. I wish them courage and strength . Very realistic portrayal .
    Love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. It makes me very sad too, Moon, we can offer our friendship and encouragement, but in the end each person much reach their own point of saying "enough" and be ready to make the needed changes in their lives to get them out of this situation. It took me far too long to finally walk away, but I am glad I did. It saved my life!

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  2. How awful! Just when I thought all was going to go well. I hope Uriel gets the help she needs to say enough.

    Finding Eliza

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    1. Sadly, this kind of domestic situation exists even in small towns, Kristin. Hopefully Vanessa will be able to encourage Uriel to make some changes in her life.

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  3. It's so difficult to get out of that life, so dangerous and difficult.

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    1. Yes it is, Mimi, it's hard to even think clearly after awhile of being so repressed. I'm hoping Vanessa can throw her a lifeline.

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  4. There are too many women like Uriel out there

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    1. Sadly, true, Jo-Anne. There are women like this among us everywhere, we don't always see the signs.

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  5. So many issues and troubles. So true to life. Thanks for having such caring characters in your tales.

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    1. Thank you, Marcy. There are as many people struggling in Cottonwood Creek, as there are in larger cities, Marcy. Perhaps the difference is that there is also a stronger sense of community and caring, and a better chance that someone will reach out to help them.

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  6. I hope Vanessa and the women in the Circle can lift Uriel up, help her find her strength and empower her to change her situation. This is a story we have all heard or lived. Physical and emotional abuse are very real in our society.

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    1. I hope so too, Val, one person who care can be a lifeline to someone who is at a point of feeling very hopeless about life. I know that for a fact. It is tragic that so many women live in situations like this unable or unsure of how to get out, or too beaten down to even care anymore.

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  7. What's that saying about walking a mile in my shoes? To me, that's the beauty God brings out of the ashes of our troubles, woes, failures,etc. He can use us to understand, lend a hand or a shoulder, encourage and support someone else who is going through the same thing. No one truly knows until one has been through a thing.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. You are absolutely right, Barbara. Vanessa is the perfect person to reach out to Ariel, because she understands not only the facts but the feelings of the situation from her own experience. Hopefully she can reach her.

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