Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Saturday Centus - and a favor, please!

I wrote this Saturday Centus after I read a post that Nancy over at Away we Go has featured on Blogher this week. It is a thought-provoking post and one well worth your time to visit.

If you get a chance, please click here to visit her and leave a comment. I know she would very much appreciate it.

And now, on to Judie's wonderful prompt for the week. The prompt is in bold and my story is 100 words!

To read other links to Saturday Centus, just click here.



It was impossible for her to wrap her mind around this ugly truth. “OhmyGodOhmyGod…we told her over and over again not to keep secrets…”

An evil, little voice spoke up from the confusion of her troubled brain. “Children learn by example. Did you show her not to keep secrets?”

Her shaking hands flew to her lips. She ran up the attic stairs. With trembling hands she lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest where she had hidden them years ago.

“OhmyGodOhmyGod,” she screamed in despair. “I showed her these letters. I told her we wouldn’t tell Daddy. OhmyGod. I showed her it was OK to keep secrets!”

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24 comments:

Dazee Dreamer said...

I loved it. I totally can't read anyone elses until I get mine done.

elysabeth said...

Didn't you already do one? - lol - the more the merrier? It was intriguing too - I did post one on my http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com blog - so check it out - E :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Uh oh. Parents can't afford to be human, can they? This was a fun and nerve wrecking post, Jenny.
xoRobyn

Kat said...

I just read her post, and I'm so glad I did. Such a simple, but brilliant idea. Surprises, not secrets. Your story proves how destructive secrets can be. This was heartbreaking Jenny, every parent's nightmare. Great use of the prompt.
Kat

Pat Tillett said...

Pretty darn powerful! Secrets are bad. Doing something that HAS to be kept secret is worse...

Judie said...

glad I burned those letters 25 years ago!! Whenever my mother said she wanted to tell me something but "don't tell Rod!" I told her not to tell me anything that I couldn't tell my husband.

Cherie said...

Secrets always come back to haunt you! Great take on the prompt.

Ames said...

Ok is this sort of like my momma bribing my little sister to not tell daddy she was sneaking ciggies in the outside laundry room?
I wonder what the secret is? Oh the curiosity.....~Ames

Sue said...

Well done, Jenny! Unsettling and thought-provoking.

I did go read the article, and that lady is right on.

No secrets!

Viki said...

Yep, secrets are not good. Good job and a lovely post you sent us over to read.

Bookie said...

Oh, the character sounds so undone! What things in our past can come back to bite us!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Riviting, Jenny...I held my breath. It took me somewhere I've been trying to avoid for years...

Judie said...

I read Nancy's post, but it is almost 11 p.m. and I have already had my NightyNight tea, so I didn't log in to whatever to leave a comment. It is,however, an excellent post. There were way too many secrets in my family.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You're good, Ms. Matlock! :-)

5thsister said...

Oh dear...just what my mom would tell me: "Don't tell Dad.." And it's taken me a lifetime to begin unraveling all those secrets.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is thought provoking Jenny.
I will head over and visit your friend.
xoxox

Tina said...

Oh yes, secrets and kids. Dangerous combination! Heading over to read the post you recommended.

Jo said...

Jenny ... i want more .... more, more more more more!!!!!

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I did read the blog post and it was an important reminder.

This centus is bone chilling, Matlock. Kudos for starting my day with an Arctic blast.

wheatgerm said...

i like the pancakes

Karen S. said...

Oh you are too good !!! especially with the OhmyGod! just love the cheerfulness in all your writing! No matter what, you always make a person smile! Thanks for putting these weekly writings together, I try to do as much as I can squeeze in! ;)

Rek said...

Secrets are good as long as they are kept hidden...enjoyed the post ....and yet "its a secret, don't tell" is the most effective way of revealing truths that don't effect us... :)

cj Schlottman said...

Jenny, This is so very disturbing and real, but I have learned to expect great writing from you. I actually got anxious reading about the terror in the heart of the mother. I could see and feel the whole thing

Thanks..........cj

gaelikaa said...

Lovely! The wrong things we do have a habit of comiing back to us isn't it true?