“Why does it always seem that we have to grapple over everything?” Jenny asked. “Spilling food in the dining room with three kids under eight is unavoidable and I won’t have carpet there. That’s line is not worth crossing.”
“You are so stubborn,” George said. “It’s like a light bulb turns on inside your head and blinds all reason.”
“Oh my god, George,” Jenny said, “all of the experts on HGTV are unanimous in their opinions that you never put carpeting down in the dining room. To do so would be a total clusterfu….”
“Shh,” George said. “The kids are in the next room.”
“Screw the kids, George,” Jenny retorted. “They’re the reason we shouldn’t have carpeting in the dining room.
Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (grapple), My Vivid Blog (unavoidable), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (carpet), Word of the Day Challenge (crossing), Your Daily Word Prompt (bulb), The Daily Spur (unanimous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (cluster).
For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is an old saying, something we’ve all heard.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
I have mixed thoughts about this old saying. On the one hand, it could be interpreted to mean that we should not dwell on evil thoughts. On the other hand, it may refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety by looking the other way or feigning ignorance.
It seems to me that the only one of the three monkeys that makes any sense is the one depicting “speak no evil.” The other two equate to turning a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong.
At the risk of getting political, a perfect example of seeing, hearing, and speaking no “evil” is the conservative Republican position on critical race theory, which is a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy. Republicans don’t want to talk about it and don’t want teachers to discuss it with their students. In fact, they don’t want to engage in any topic that makes white people feel uncomfortable, particularly when it comes to race. Some school districts even teach that the American Civil War was not about slavery, it was about states’ rights.
So when I see the “Three Wise Monkeys,” I think it is promoting the notion of being deaf, dumb, and blind to the harsh realities of life and the world around us. I think of an ostrich sticking its head in the sand. Or of two other old saying that I don’t agree with and believe both to be negative.
Ignorance is bliss.
What you don’t know won’t hurt you.
I am not sure I have any great insights into how to relate today’s quote specifically to blogging.
Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.
The photograph below is from NaughtyCupcakes at DeviantArt.com.
For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an old, abandoned church. The plaster is peeling from the walls and the ceiling and there is debris on the floor, but the five beautiful, arched stained glass window are intact.
If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.
Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.
It’s March 21, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).
Today’s word is “carpet.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.