My first time back at Carrot Ranch. I’m still collecting myself in the New Year and what a way to start but by writing about enrichment.

Enrichment probably means different things to different people. For me, it means growing as a person, finding the things that are important. Hopefully this story imparts that.

Centering (99 words)

Sara thought she was good.

She gave to charity, volunteered at soup kitchens, and walked dogs at the shelter. She belonged to a group who sang at hospices and nursing homes.

But two weeks with her prospective brother-in-law taught her maybe she wasn’t that good. After hearing his opinions on gays, tattoos, Asians, she thought she might throttle him until he begged for mercy.

Rather than attending the brewery event with her fiancé, she went to the vets. There she whispered endearments to the dogs and cats in the ICU. She welcomed kisses and purrs. The world spun right.


Sascha Darlington

12 thoughts on “Centering

  1. I had an interesting reaction to Sara–brought to mind something I read/heard many years ago. “Good” isn’t what you do; it’s who you are. You can substitute other qualities for “good” such as “kind” or whatever you’re trying to be. It’s a state of mind and your actions follow. Poor Sara needs to cut herself some slack.

  2. Very realistic, Sascha. Your protagonist chose not to speak out — which is what I do, just try to change the subject or get away as soon as possible. On a related topic, I just read that we have a high suicide rate amongst veterinarians in Australia. Apparently one reason is that people can be highly emotional about their pets, and unfortunately they take it out on the vets.

    1. Thanks, Steve. Yeah, my protagonist is nicer than me. 🙂

      I’ve heard lots of stories as to why it must be difficult to be a vet. I hadn’t heard that people take the loss of their pets out on the vet, but I can see that–not that I would or even condone it. But if people haven’t been constant in their pet care and cancer slips in and the pet is gone within a week, it’s a case of denial, I would presume. What makes it worse is that, unlike people doctors, vets go into the practice not to make money, but because they love animals and imagine the pressure of not feeling like you’ve done enough or been appreciated. And have I gone off onto a tangent? Can you tell I’m feeling 150% better? 🙂

      1. Haha, I’m sure you do your best like we all do, Sascha. I actually slipped up yesterday in that regard. Yes, you’re good, I agree, and your tangent on a tangent is spot on. Let’s face it, we do this for fun so we talk about whatever takes our fancy.

  3. It looks like you’ve collected yourself quite nicely. I love that a picture that looks like it’s something out of Scrooge McDuck’s vault inspired a story about personal growth.

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