Flash Fiction #253

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast  

FREE BIRD

It is so comforting to Know – to know no doubts – to have all the answers, even when they are not the right ones.

People feel safe when they can identify – apply labels to others – politics, religion, gender, language, nationality.  It gives the illusion of control of their lives.

Other folks, and their related social problems, are complex, and fully-formed.  They are not easy, one-dimensional, cookie-cutter simple.

It is usually better to make decisions and form opinions based on reality, rather than preconceived notions.  More people should try it.  They might find those feared – and hated – Others…. are quite sweet.

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #253

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Mmm… gingerbread. It’s so satisfying to literally bite someone’s head off once in a while.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      There’s a bit of that going on these days. I blame it on COVID cabin fever. 😳
      We used to decorate sugar cookies like this, and even fancier, but I can’t seem to find the photos, to show you. 😯

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  2. tony jones says:

    Thanks for sending me these posts. Hope you and wife are doing better than me. Any time you want to talk, I’m sure you have my email. Hope all is good old-timer. Tony

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Physically and medically, we’re doing well. We each get our first COVID shot on Sunday. Matrimonially, it’s still an armed standoff.
      Yeah, you leave your email address each time you comment. You have mine, don’t you?? Anything you want to talk about? 🙂

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  3. GHLearner says:

    Great story!

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  4. James McEwan says:

    Yep, there are two sides to every one, inside and outside–except politicians, they have so many faces that we can’t recognise them.

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  5. athling2001 says:

    True words. Well done.

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  6. Perfect. Well done!

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  7. granonine says:

    . Excellent use of the prompt

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  8. I like the last line!

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  9. msjadeli says:

    Well-said. Mindfulness and a smile can carry one far in this world.

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  10. elmowrites says:

    I like your piece of philosophy – it goes well with SillyFrog’s story too. https://sillyfrogsusan.com/2021/04/01/friday-fictioneers-diversity/

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get beyond the differences and see the things that unite us?

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