Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

This post is inspired by Red Writing Hood. Red Writing Hood is a writing meme. It is  fiction or non-fiction with a word limit of 600. This writing prompt is sponsored by The Red Dress Club. The topic this week was Sloth: laziness of the spirit, apathy.



“So you finally decided to take a shower. What has it been? Like three days? Except you hit the snooze button so many times this morning, you won’t be able to do your hair and makeup. Not that it matters, you never wear makeup anymore and I’m not sure why you bother coloring the grey since you wear a pony-tail most of the time.”

“Hey! Look at me when I’m talking to you. Don’t pretend like you can’t hear me over the buzzing of the hair dryer either. I saw what you picked out to wear, such a fashion statement you are, in your jeans and t-shirt. Your closet is full of beautiful clothes that you never wear. Oh, that’s right. You can’t fit into most of them anymore and the rest, well, aren’t exactly appropriate for sorting papers in the classroom. There’s this really cool gadget down in your basement you know – it’s called a treadmill. Maybe you should try using it one of these days. I couldn’t help but notice the empty wine glass still sitting on your nightstand either. I don’t think that was exactly what was meant by a “liquid diet” although you continue to try night after night.”

“Sure, pretend like your husband doesn’t mind. I know he loves you for your inner beauty, but come on, that wasn’t what first attracted him, now was it? Besides, you think he likes asking you how your day was and hearing, “the same as yesterday”. What was that he said last week? Oh yeah: Is there something fundamentally wrong with you lately or are you just bored?”

“Yep, there goes the pony-tail again. Nice. What’s on your agenda today? That’s what I thought, nothing, just more laundry, more bill paying, more errands, and more cleaning house. It’s a good thing you have a college degree. I can see it really comes in handy making grocery lists and meal planning. Yes…yes, I know, you’ve told me many times that the kids still need you and that’s why you stay home. But before you know it they will both be off to college and then what? It’ll just be you and the dog. All day. Every day. And those big plans you had for yourself will stop being plans and just be dreams, unfulfilled.”

“Take the plunge. Go back to school. Do something. God, I’m so sick of hearing the same old excuses: I’m still paying my undergraduate…when would I make timeI’m too old to start a careerwho’ll make dinner for everyone…blah, blah, blah. You’re just scared, that’s all. Or maybe you’ve just given up, succumbed to motherhood and forgotten what it was like to be a woman, a woman with goals and desires of her own. Be the woman you want your daughters to be and start living your life again.”

Knock. Knock.

“Mom, are you almost done in the bathroom? I need help with breakfast and we need to leave for school a little earlier today. Mom?”

“Yeah…yeah, I’ll be right out honey. I just need to figure out what I’m going to wear.”

9 thoughts on “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

  1. Ok, now I’m convinced that you are my doppelganger; between the treadmill, no make-up, wine swigging, college educated, PTA drop-out that lives in yoga pants……yep. I’ve found my cyber-sister 🙂

  2. Wow. What a great post. A very interesting take on the prompt.

    Love this line – “There’s this really cool gadget down in your basement you know – it’s called a treadmill.” Is that what that thing is for? I thought it was to put my wet clothes on to dry!

    Visiting fron TDRC

  3. This line made me laugh out loud, “There’s this really cool gadget down in your basement you know – it’s called a treadmill.”

    I think we can all relate to bits and pieces of this one 🙂

  4. I have had many similar conversations with myself, but I have to differ with you on one thing. I don’t mind spending my days with my dog.

    I never finished my education and now that my kids are grown I have dreams of going but I’m a “sloth” so I have done nothing about it yet.

    Loved your post and very much related to it. Stopping by from trdc.

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