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11/04/2010

100 Word Challenge - Harsh



What follows is in response to the 100 Word Challenge, authored by the soothing Velvet Verbosity. The word this week is "Harsh".


100 Word Challenge



The Father


"Don't you think you were a bit harsh?", she asked.

"I suppose maybe I was."

"Why? What happened to 'Love, Kindness and Understanding'?"

"There's a time and a place for everything. This wasn't it."

"But you've always said .."

"I know what I've always said. Don't throw my words back at me."

"It just seemed a bit hypocritical, that's all."

"No, it was not hypocritical. It was Kindness. He has so many lessons to learn - I needed to teach him this one before he learned it the hard way. Better me than someone with no kindness in their heart for him."

10 comments:

Shadow said...

he's got a point there...

evenstarwen said...

VERY TRUE! It takes wisdom to know when "tough love" must be used.

Nan Sheppard said...

Ahhh... parenting adolescents, I get this.

Kim - Mommycosm said...

Love this. My husband would agree. I think we've had a similar conversation many times over;)

Mags said...

Hmmm...tough love indeed! This makes me want to hear what the father said to the son.

lifebythecreek said...

Came over from Becky's blog and found this; it's exactly what I needed to read today. You have so many talents, Lou, or perhaps it's that you have so MUCH talent and the ability to express it in so many ways. I will enjoy visiting, reading, and learning from you...

Grandmother said...

We all want to keep our kids from learning things the hard way. Sometimes we can.

Big Mark 243 said...

I keep hearing the Father from 'the walton's' as I read this... very good!!

Tara R. said...

Sometimes a little 'tough love' is exactly what's needed. Nice dialogue.

Velvet Verbosity said...

Sometimes being kind means coming down hard. We always end up experiencing this at some point in parenting.