I don’t recognize it any longer. I’m ashamed of it. I thought we had progressed beyond these issues. I know now that I have just been wearing rose-colored glasses. I’m so disheartened by it all. I feel like the past is repeating itself, did we learn nothing from the wars of the past, the intolerance of those who believed something different, who had different customs and ideals.
Why is it so difficult to learn from one another and accept one another. It isn’t necessary to agree or all believe in the same thing, but we can have respect for each other. This is a pretty big world we live in, there is room enough for all of us.
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.