Friday, July 5, 2013

In the Eyes of the Beholder

I rescued an abalone shell from the trash-

shocked that something so beautiful was deemed to be worthless. 

I placed my new-found treasure on display, on my front porch-

and someone stole it.

 

This week’s prompt.  33 words on anything we like.   True story, this one.

56 comments:

  1. Oh I hate when that happens. I guess it was never yours to have. Good job. B

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  2. Me too, B! I agree! I guess I was at least glad that the thief appreciated it too:)

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  3. Maybe the original owner had second thoughts...

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    1. p.s. those blue shoes are so you... don't leave them on the porch...

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    2. I think so Ted, once they saw how pretty the abalone shell really was! And I'll be sure to bring my shoes inside too. I'd hate to see them end up on someone else's front porch;) Thanks for your comments, by the way-they make my day:)

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  4. Oh the irony. Love it! (the poem...not the burglary)

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  5. Love this one. You are a gifted writer!

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  6. *snort* awwww well at least someone else appreciated the beauty :D

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    1. Draug, My consoling thought, too. That, and the fact that I could get another shell pretty cheap on ebay;)

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  7. Gosh, was certain I commented on Friday, Valerie.

    I am a fan of your writing. This is a lovely and unique piece; particularly enjoyed the humour in the last line which turns it bittersweet. So very well done!

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    1. Jo-Anne-I'm thrilled to have you visit here any time:) Thank you a million times over for your wonderful comment!

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  8. Oh I am so sad .. this is a true story? You are so good with words it makes the story even sadder....

    I had a really really cute copper snail sprinkler .. it would spin and little droplets would water the lawn. I had it in the front yard hooked to the hose .. it was on .. we went for a walk .. came back and it was gone. That was a bit of effort to steal that one.. humans can be pathetic souls sometimes...

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    1. Lisa-what happened to you makes me so mad. I'm so sorry that someone did that. Hopefully it's some consolation that we are good and decent people:) And as always, it makes my day to see your comments!

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  9. A wonderful 33 words, bittersweet.

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    1. Thanks Tara! I was bummed. I'd had that shell for many years!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you liked this one!

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  11. Hahah! There should be a special word for when that happens (the French probably have one.) Super Enjoyable post! :D

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    1. Thanks Linda! And I actually thought about finding a French word for the title! The French have a way with words!

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  13. I was going to say damn until I read lindavernon's comment and I decided on merde.

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    1. I like merde, Bill. I like it a lot! Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Love the title of this piece! Well-written and fun – even though I hate when that sort of thing happens. :)

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    1. Suzanne, I changed the title so many times before the phrase about beauty being in the eyes of the beholder popped into my head. Sometimes I think the title is the hardest part! Thanks for reading this one! :)

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  15. Clearly you were trendsetter in taste, however small that consolation may be. This is lovely--a visit to your blog is always time well-invested. :)

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    1. Kallan, I like your way of thinking! It did look rather cute on my porch;) And thank you for your generously kind comment, too!

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  16. Cheers to you. Very cool story. Maybe your shell thief was just borrowing it.

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    1. Hey, thanks, Trez! I appreciate that! I wonder if I should offer a small reward? ;)

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  17. putting it on the porch was elevating it to a piece of worth - sadly thieves ALWAYS take what is worthy. :(

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    1. So true, Barbara! I hope the thief will appreciate it:)

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  18. Ironic.. something rescued... something stolen Diane

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    1. Diane, irony is exactly what I was going for. It's almost funny:) Thank you so much for commenting!

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  19. Think of it more as sharing the beauty??? :-) Thanks for linking up. I love the depth you managed in such a short space.

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    1. I think you are right! I'm glad someone else saw the value in my abalone shell, even if that someone's values were a little misplaced. Thank you so much for your comment, and for giving us these fab challenges too:)

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  20. This was great!! 33 words that show exactly what life is like sometimes. I loved it.

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    1. Thank you for that! I appreciate it!

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  21. Reminded me of something that happened when I was little. A beautiful poem.

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    1. Thanks lum! It would be an even harder lesson for a kid to have to learn, and I'm sorry you had to learn it. I am so happy you read and commented though! :)

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  22. beauty is in the eyes (and hands) of the beholder! your 33 words reminded me of my vintage 50's yard flamingo's I found at a thrift store. they disappeared the day I put them in the yard :/ for shame!!

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    1. Oh Shawn! Now that really and truly is tragic!!! There is a special place reserved in hell for yard flamingo thieves!! If it's any consolation, I love yard flamingo's too:) I'm on my second pair, and they are so bleached they almost look like swans:)

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  23. That's a lot of story between the lines if you want to...

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  24. I could write a lot more than 33 words, Bjorn! I could use up 33 words alone on how shocked I was that someone actually stole my abalone shell;)

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  25. It was worthy of being stolen.. every component of nature is precious in my eyes, even a single grain of soil.
    I read irony in your words.. what was seen as worthless comes out to be worthy of being stolen.

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  26. I agree completely with what you said so beautifully!! There is no such thing as insignificant in nature. Every precious part of it is worthy of being deemed valuable:) Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment:)

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  27. Another who recognized the true beauty. Some get obsessed with having without concern for the void it might leave for another.

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  28. I guess someone else found beauty in the same thing you did. Too bad they had taken it from your porch instead of finding it in the trash. Wonderful use of 33 words.

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  29. Hahahahaha
    People are such assholes.
    But there is beauty in the world. Redemption!
    People are such assholes.
    lol
    I love this, Valerie. I'm sorry if it was painful but it is so funny. (I'm a big fan of irony.)

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  30. Ack. I love it.

    Not so worthless after all.

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  31. Hopefully it was off to be loved by someone else? Oh, the irony...

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    1. That was me, for the record. Silly Google account.

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