A Good Cry

Let’s see. I think it was back in October in the early 80s when it first started, if I remember correctly. I was still very young at the time, maybe ten. It’s hard for me to describe the details of exactly what happened, since it was so long ago and it’s still painful to think about. But I remember when I told my mother about it, she soft-pedaled it. She said I must have imagined it, or that I was making it up.

It was years later, after I left home to go to college, graduated, and started working, that my mother, with whom I hadn’t spoken since leaving home, called me to tell me that my father had died. She begged me to come home for the funeral and said that, after all these years, she wanted to talk, face-to-face.

When I got to her place, with tears in her eyes, she finally admitted that something had actually happened. She found some things of my father’s in the attic, specifically some Polaroid pictures he had taken of me, that made her realize that I wasn’t making it all up.

She apologized profusely. The pathos she expressed for me was palpable. We talked about the discrimination toward children who accuse a parent of sexual abuse, because no one can imagine a father doing something like that to his own child. We talked about how that old adage about how children should be seen and not heard is so wrong.

We had a good cry together, my mother and I.

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (October), The Daily Spur (young), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (describe), Ragtag Daily Prompt (soft), Your Daily Word Prompt (later ), Word of the Day Challenge (pathos), and My Vivid Blog (discrimination).

Thinking Ahead

Some of you saw my One-Liner Wednesday post this morning and thought that, because it’s just Tuesday, Fandango really screwed up and scheduled his post to publish a day early.

Well, to that I say “Nay!” I was just thinking ahead. I was just ahead of my time.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

One-Liner Wednesday — Evil

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”

Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, and Catholic theologian

Blaise Pascal died in 1662, but some of us (like me) believe what he said four centuries ago is still true today.

Be kind — or at least courteous — in your comments, please.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

P is for The Pink Panther

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “The Pink Panther.”

“The Pink Panther” was a 1963 American comedy film directed by Blake Edwards. It was written by Maurice Richlin and Blake Edwards and starred David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale. My focus is on this first Pink Panther movie, not on the myriad sequels in what became a Pink Panther franchise.

In this film, a dashing European thief, Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), plans to steal a diamond, but he’s not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the “Pink Panther.” His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) intercedes, but finds his career — and his freedom — jeopardized.

In the film, Clouseau tries to stop the theft of the Pink Panther, but his clumsy attempts fail. He doesn’t realize that his wife, Simone (Capucine), is the Phantom’s lover, and throughout the movie, she is dodging her husband while trying both to carry out Sir Charles’ plans and to avoid George, who is smitten by her. Clouseau manages to capture Sir Charles and his accomplices, and a conviction looks inevitable until Sir Charles and Simone hatch a plan to frame Clouseau. The defense calls a surprised Clouseau to the stand as their lone witness. The barrister asks a series of questions that suggest Clouseau himself could be the Phantom. The unnerved Clouseau pulls his handkerchief out of his shirt pocket, revealing the jewel planted there by Madame Clouseau.

The cartoon Pink Panther then closes the film by holding the card reading THE END after getting run over by the police car carrying Clouseau to prison.

“The Pink Panther” was meant to be the first in a series of films based on David Niven’s character “The Phantom.” But despite the fact that Inspector Clouseau may not have been intended as the movie’s main character, Peter Sellers stole the show. The popularity of Sellers’ character, bumbling Inspector Clouseau, led to Clouseau, not the Phantom, headlining the rest of the series. The film also introduced the cartoon character of the same name, in an opening credits sequence, as well as a score from Henry Mancini.

As a side note, the 1964 sequel, “A Shot in the Dark,” where Peter Seller’s Inspector Clouseau becomes the focus of the movie, is arguably one of the greatest comedy films of all time. This was the film that introduced many of the most famous elements of The Pink Panther film series, such as the karate fights with Cato and Clouseau’s disgruntled boss Commissioner Dreyfus. Peter Sellers was at his best.

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Fandango’s Story Starter #42

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

I would have happily married Darlene if it weren’t for her…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.