“What is the possibility that we can reach an arrangement?” Alice asked her husband.
“By ‘arrangement,’ you mean that you want me to do something to placate you, don’t you, Alice?” Ralph said.
“Well, Ralph,” Alice said, “a little give and take is what is required in order to have a successful marriage.”
“I’m out driving a city bus twelve hours a day, Alice,” Ralph said, “and you’re talking about give and take? Sounds like you want me to do all the giving with you doing all the taking.”
“Well, Ralph,” Alice said, “happy wife, happy life.”
Ralph looked straight at his wife, raised a clenched fist, and said, “One of these days, straight to the moon, Alice.”
“Oh Ralph,” Alice said, “you’re the greatest.”
Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (arrangement), the Word of the Day Challenge (placate), the Ragtag Daily Prompt (moon), and Your Daily Word Prompt (possibility).
I used to hate it when my mother would advise me to “play nice” with someone. To me, what she really wanted me to do was to do whatever the other kid wanted to do, regardless of what I wanted. She was instructing me to behave in a kind, friendly, or polite way towards someone. Even towards my obnoxious cousin Arthur. I hated that guy.
It’s not that I’m a mean, nasty, difficult, or angry person. It’s just that I don’t think it’s always — or even often — necessary to placate to others.
When you placate to someone, what you’re doing is trying to pacify them. You’re appeasing, mollifying, or easing their anger. But that assumes that their anger or annoyance is justified…and perhaps yours is not.
So I guess the bottom line is that I’m not a placating kind of a guy, although I have been known to play nice occasionally.
Written for today’s One-Word Challenge. The word is “placate.”
Welcome to June 8, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.
I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).
Today’s word is “placate.” 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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.