Daily Prompt: Distance is the new Rainbow

Daily Prompt: ______ is the new ______

Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase:

“_____ is the new _____.”

There’s your post title. Now write!

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I thought today’s Daily Prompt was an interesting one. All I had to do was go to one of my favorite blogs, pick out the 4th and 14th word, plop them in the blanks and wham! I got my title for my blog today.

So off I went to tiny’s blog called “tiny lessons blog”.  She writes poetry and everything she writes is beautiful and full of joy, wonder and hope. I love her blog and consider her a true friend. So go on over and enjoy her words, after you finish mine that is.

Distance is the new Rainbow

 

When I left home many years ago I was young. Yet I had been so old in other ways. I was a strange mix of naive and wise, trusting and leery.

I had never dated. Didn’t have boyfriends. Not a lot of friends. I still lived at home with a few years living with a girlfriend. Living with my friend ended in tragedy so I moved back home. I hated living at home. My mother and I rarely got along and my dad did what my mom wanted. Or played referee.

I worked and paid board and usually bought my own food. So it wasn’t as if I was living there free. I wouldn’t have if I could. I was proud that way.

Anyway, I was corresponding with a man who lived in Mississippi for a long time. Decided to go for a one day visit and see how we hit it off. Flew down there early one morning (I lived in Wisconsin at the time) and after a really pleasant visit flew home that same night.

We wrote and phoned each other every day after that. He convinced me to move down there. So I did. Yeah, I did say I was naive. I had innocently told him about my savings (I had quite a bit) and I even owned some good land in upper Wisconsin.

To make a long story short. I moved down there. Stayed six months. Found out he was a momma’s boy asshole of the first degree. He was a man who liked to swing cats by their tales and kick small dogs. That wasn’t a lie. I actually saw him do these things!

So after six months of total assholiness (don’t think that’s a word but it fits!), and after he called me a whore (I knocked him off his feet on that one) I called my mom and asked if I could come back home. She said no.

I called my brother in Texas. Told him what was going on and I wanted out. He told me to come to Texas and he would help me find a job and a place to live. At the time my brother and I were really close, so I took a bus trip to Ft. Worth, Texas that same week. Little did I know my life was never going to be the same.

What I thought of with the guy in Mississippi was not going to compare to the hell I would go through for the next few years. But at the time I was full of optimism and hope.  My thoughts during the long 24 hour bus ride was this……….

Distance is the new Rainbow.

Good thing I never knew what was coming, or I would have laid down and had that Greyhound bus ride over me instead. But that’s another story.

 

(c) JLPhillips 2013,
(c) JLPhillips 2013,

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Distance is the new Rainbow

  1. Very intense, but great post – crazy how the “random” can really be true. Also, a small favor – I’d love to add the list of other participants at the bottom of my writing as well, hopefully spread out the links more, but I can’t figure it out! Any help would be great – and I can’t wait to read more.

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    1. JackieP

      There are two ways you can add the other links. One is when you write your posts before you publish there is the option toward the bottom right to add others posts. The other is too just go to the DailyPost website and copy/paste the list of blogs that have done it. I use both ways. Once you have your list I think you can put more space between the links just by hitting your return key.
      Thank you for reading and following. Appreciate it!
      If I can help anymore just let me know. 🙂

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  7. Hi Jackie – I have to say I am full of admiration of the kind of person you’ve become growing through all that you have experienced. I am sure the rainbow that is in the distance now will be real and bring good things to your life. Thanks also for your kind words, my true friend.

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  10. Isn’t it interesting how people can hide who they really are for so long? Then we get a clear view and run for the hills. Sorry that first rainbow had an empty pot at it’s end but I think you were meant to fill it with experience. To me, it’s all fodder for writing. If nothing happens, what we have to write about? And you absolutely must write.

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    1. JackieP

      As a good friend of mine suggested years ago. “You should write a book about your life!”
      I told her I would have to label it fiction because no one would believe it.
      Needless to say, it’s been an interesting ride and I absolutely will continue to write. I have to. It’s in my blood now. Thank you for always be so supportive. I appreciate it. 🙂

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