One-Liner Wednesday — Windows and Mirrors


“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror, where all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.”

American singer-songwriter and musician Bill Withers

Last month we lost Bill Withers. He was a three-time Grammy Award winner, was nominated for six more, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Withers was known for such popular hit songs as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Just the Two of Us.”

His quote resonated with me, especially in these dark times. Many of us are looking out at the world through our windows because we are under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic. At the same time, some of our world leaders — I won’t name names, but one in particular acts like a total rump — seem to be so narcissistic that all they see of the world is their own reflection, as if they are looking in a mirror.

Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

#writephoto — True Nature

9E1BF740-AC0F-4023-85C2-93B5EEA070AAAs a child, the little princess had always been a handful for the king and queen. Once she turned eighteen, her parents decided that the best way to deal with her would be to find a suitable prince and to marry her off. “Let her be someone else’s problem,” her father, the king, lamented.

And so the king and queen sent the word out far and wide that they were seeking a suitable suitor for their daughter’s hand. She was, after all, royalty, and along with her came a royalty-sized dowry.

The princess, eager to get out from under the clutches of her controlling parents, welcomed the opportunity to be swept off of her feet by some charming prince from an exotic land far away. But as time went by, she was introduced to no potential suitors and grew quite impatient.

On her twenty-first birthday, the princess confronted her parents. “It’s been three years and you have yet to introduce me to a single suitor. Surely at least a few have been suitable.”

“We are looking for a young man of high moral character, integrity, honesty, who is pure of heart, and who possesses a strong and sense of responsibility. Only then can we determine who is worthy to be your husband,” the king explained. “But none of the potential suitors have met our requirements.”

“But how do you know these things after only one interview?” the princess asked.

“We have our ways,” the queen said. “You must trust us, daughter.”

The frustrated princess stomped off to her room and sat on her bed crying hysterically. Her lady in waiting came into the room and tried to comfort the anguished princess. The princess explained why she was so upset. “I probably shouldn’t tell you this,” the lady in waiting said, “but the king and queen take each prospective suitor to a secret pond deep into the woods and they make the suitor gaze into the pond’s still waters. The mystical pond is supposed to have a mirror-like surface and when anyone looks into the pond, what is reflected back shows the person’s true nature.”

The princess was livid that her parents could be so stupid as to manage her fate by using some mythological pond to screen potential suitors. The next morning, the king and queen were found dead in their bedroom, apparently the victim of poisoning. The princess was immediately crowned queen of the realm, and her first order of business was to be taken to this pond that could allegedly reveal the true nature of anyone who gazed upon its mirrored surface.

The knight of the queen’s guard reluctantly led her to the pond, but knowing the princess, he begged her not to look at her reflection in the pond water. She pushed him aside, stood at the edge of the pond, and looked down to see her reflection.

The new queen’s chilling screams could be heard for miles around.

Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

Share Your World — Judgmental Mirrors

SYWMonday is Melanie’s Share Your World day. She asks questions about us so we can share our answers with the world.

What happens if you stare at the mirror for too long in the dark? (Credit to Ursula of An Upturned Soul. If you haven’t read Ursula’s blog, go over and just wade in and enjoy. To me she’s fascinating and what she writes about is always worth the journey.)

If it’s dark? I probably won’t see much of anything if it’s dark, would I? So I’d turn on the light, look in the mirror, and wonder when it was that I became so old looking. Then I’d go take a nap.B4085D21-FA7C-42B0-84BF-BD595A482C57

Do you think you’re judgmental? What tends to bring it out in you? (Credit to Ashleyleia for this one.)

Of course I am. Who isn’t judgmental? You make judgments about everything all the time…what foods you like to eat, books you like to read, movies or TV shows you choose to watch. You’re judgmental about people…do you enjoy their company, are they nice, friendly, empathetic, sincere, genuine? We all make judgments, large and small, nearly every day of our lives.05C9F691-5C65-4562-B6F2-55C70C310B69

Do you work better with actual lists or with mental lists? (Credit to Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

Given that my mind is like a sieve these days, if I don’t put it on a list, it doesn’t get done.

Would you go streaking across a football field during a game for a million dollars (insert your own country’s currency), knowing there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get arrested for indecent exposure? (This one is mine. Yeah, my mind wanders to some highly strange places sometimes.)

For a million bucks? You bet your sweet, naked butt I would.

What has happened in your life that made you feel uplifted and happy, if only temporarily?

Whenever my favorite sports team (baseball, football, basketball) wins a championship. Woo hoo!0635C986-7EA6-42D1-88C9-35C777B1710A

JusJoJan — Mirror Mirror on the Wall

399f6eb0-c69c-4908-be1d-241bd380983bI woke up early this morning even for me.

I go to the bathroom because I have to pee.

I look in the mirror and wonder how this can be.

A reflection is there, but it’s simply not me.

A very old man, that’s who I see.

Is it he or me who is the reality?

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt. Today’s word is “reflection,” suggested by Janet at Janet’s Smiles. Stop by and say hello.

3TC — Witness for the Prosecution

0E6FF6D8-274D-46C0-A515-D86DF37A7855I received a summons to appear in court today as a witness for the prosecution in a breaking and entering trial. I didn’t see much of what happened, but I did hear the glass break and my neighbor’s home alarm go off, and I saw some guy wearing a hoodie running from the scene. But it was dark and I couldn’t see his face, so I’m not sure can offer much of value.

Still, I’m very excited about this. I’ve been summoned for jury duty three times in my life, but I’ve never been summoned to appear as a witness. I want to make sure I present myself well, so I spent a lot of time in the bathroom this morning. I showered, shaved, trimmed my mustache, brushed and flossed my teeth, and combed my hair.

I’m ready to leave my townhouse, but I need to check the mirror one last time. After all, I want to make a good impression in court today.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge. The three things are three, mirror, and summons.