Brenda: I stared at my best friend, unsure of what to say. Our friendship began with a shared PB&J forty years ago. Marriage… affair… divorce- she knew all my mistakes.
Like that, it’s over.
JoAnne: For ten years, Meredith’s been my strength. The only one who knew my guilt that sentenced me to homeless hell- nearly took my life. That unborn child still haunts me.
Now, I’m alone.
Meredith: I tried to be a good confidante. I carried burdens and prayed for souls. My friends were dear to me. I took their secrets to my grave.
Just as I promised I would.
This ends my Trifecta entry. Details on the prompt and a link to the Trifecta site will be included at the end of this post.
The Trifecta prompts are a funny thing. With the recent prompts about scandals and betraying confidences, my mind needed a trip to the sunny side. The sunny side is where you can take people at face value. You don’t have to back away from them because you suspect they have knife ready to drive into your back. You can confide in them and trust they wouldn’t turn your secret against you or betray you by discussing with others. The sunny side is a warm place to be, but not too warm. No sweating is involved.
I thought about my own friends. I know a couple people I trust as my Merediths. For that, I know I’m blessed, because some people don’t even have one. I have old friends and I have new friends – each brought into my life for a reason.
It’s not a one way street. I want to be a Meredith to my friends. I want them to feel comfortable in ditching the fake smile used to cover their pain. I want them to give me an honest answer about how they’re doing – not the socially accepted expected “fine.” I want to share their joy and successes, too. (This note added to clarify I’m not asking to be a toxic dumping ground for truckloads of negative emotions without the good stuff to neutralize them :))
Do you have a Meredith in your life? Are you a Meredith to someone else?
Have a beautiful Sunday, everyone! I’ll leave you with some interesting bits on friendship from the book of Proverbs in the Bible:
Proverbs 26:22 – The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.
Proverbs 26:28 – A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 27: 19 – As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.
This weekend, we return to the 33-word prompt, but this time, a 33-word prompt with a twist. Your task, should you choose to accept, is to take a scene that involves (or affects) at least three people. You should then write this scene from the point of view of three of the characters, using 33 words for each character.