She padded down the stairs after reading Liam his bedtime story. Every step shook her stomach, which jiggled freely under the lightweight fabric of her nightshirt.
Will my body ever get back to normal? Two years of ab crunches had zero effect on the post-baby pouch. Or is this my new normal? Gwyneth Paltrow got her body back. So did Jessica Alba. Twice. The unfairness rankled her.
She flopped onto the couch, too discouraged to bother with sit ups. Her husband reached over and pulled her toward him. “You are so beautiful,” he murmured in her ear.
She pulled away so she could see his face. She saw no hint of mocking, only adoration. His love worked on her heart the same way hot fudge softened vanilla ice cream. Instead of her normal response of, ‘ick’ followed by a flippant comment about his apparent blindness, or worse, launching into a diatribe about her flaws, she decided to embrace his compliment.
“Thank you,” she said, leaning her head on his shoulder. “You know what sounds good?” she asked.
“A hot fudge sundae.”
The Trifecta challenge this week is to write a response between 33 and 333 words using the word “normal” as defined below. (Normal isn’t something I know much about, but I gave it the ‘ol college try, anyway :))
NORMAL (noun) – a form or state regarded as the norm : standard
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