Day Seven: Give and Take
Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else.
Bringing together two different things — from the abstract and the inanimate to the living and breathing — creates a natural source of tension, and conflict drives writing forward. It makes your reader want to continue to the next sentence, to the next page. So, focus on your two starkly different siblings, or your competing love for tacos and macarons, or whether thoughts are more powerful than words, or…you get the idea.
Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue. You can create a strong opposition between the two speakers — a lovers’ quarrel or a fierce political debate, for example. Or you could aim to highlight the difference in tone and style between the two different speakers — your call!
“Paul, I don’t use the expression ‘getting old’, and please stop talking to me like that in front of your shop, for your employees could hear it,” said Robert. “I am 90 years young. Getting old is not my choice and I will be here for some more years.”
“Father, it is not your choice but nature’s design,” said Paul, looking down with contempt. “You are taking risks, and I am very concerned about your safety and health,” said Robert.
“You are arrogant. Do you think I can not take care of myself?” asked Paul. “Don’t treat me as if I am an invalid and useless man.” Paul raised his voice, and Robert realized that he was losing control.
“Father, I only want the best for you”, said Robert. “I am only asking you to work less and to stop driving your car. I will help you when you need me.” Robert was wrongly making a desperate plea to convince a proud man.
“My son, if you are lucky to be alive at my age, you will understand what is the meaning of getting old. You call people ‘old’ when you think they are not worth living,” murmured Paul, not anymore looking at Robert’s eyes. He gesticulated with his hands nervously, emphasizing the power of his conviction.
Robert was touched and afraid of what to say.
“The day you doubt my ability to take care of this business, to make my own decisions, to drive freely and to do what I want, will be the day that you are placing my body in a tomb.”
Paul spoke with so much force, that passers-by started paying attention to their conversation.
That is how Robert knew his father for as long as he lived. A strong-willed, determined and resilient self-made businessman, who would never take no for an answer, not even from death.
I wrote this piece inspired by my 87 years young father; a businessman who is planning to live 150 years…
I made this photo in Porto, Portugal, during a recent leisure trip.