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100 Word Challenge: Ruby

This week’s prompt is “RUBY”. I found myself being influenced by some Stones. Sorry the theme is similar to my last story. I think they complement each other.

Goodbye Ruby

Monday, she’s the office executive, toiling long after the others have left.

Tuesday, she’s the doting mother, kissing away pain and remembering to listen.

Wednesday, she’s the caring daughter, running errands for those who no longer can.

Thursday, she’s the volunteer, giving to society for no financial gain.

Friday, she’s the exercise freak, working out to work off all the excess grams.

Weekend, she’s the cleaner, the cook, the hostess, the party-goer.

They’re full of praises. They say she’s wonderful. They’re amazed she manages to do so much. I know one role she’s forgotten about. Goodbye Ruby. I’ll miss you.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

16 replies on “100 Word Challenge: Ruby”

What is the one role that she’s forgotten? I’m guessing it’s friend or sister? Very good description of many of our lives even if most of us don’t have all the roles going on at once. I’d love to be able to compartmentalize into this neat one day – one role arrangement though.

This is really good. A clever take on the prompt. My guess is that Ruby has focussed on everything except the one who loves her – which may be a spouse, partner or family member. Doesn’t it just remind us that we women try to be the perfect everything all the time?

Great piece of writing – and as Lynda says, a real reminder that we women try to be all things for all people and sometimes forget to slow down and find time for our partners – not just to love, but to take the time to be loved as well, rather than just admired.

Beautiful description of all of the ways women try to please others, even if they enjoy doing a lot of it. And, how easy it is to forget those who are close to us, sitting on the periphery. Husband or lover, perhaps?

Nicely done!

Very clever, sounds like a partner is being neglected while she tries to be everything to everyone. Love the addition of the stones video.

I love the diary and how it illustrates the many roles we have to play each week. I suspect it is herself she has forgotten but then – don’t we all!

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