She looked at me wistfully and shook her head, “Why did you blow up like that? He is just a kid.” I nod miserably. “It’s okay; go ahead and give him a hug. He will understand. And remember next time — patience and empathy, and you will glide through the difficult situation.” I muttered to myself, patience and empathy, patience and empathy, patience and empathy… as I went ahead to give my sulking child a hug with a sorry.

His face lit up. “It’s okay, ma! I promise not to trouble you when you are working.”

Thank you my alter ego!

As a part of the challenge on Corinne’s blog —

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61 Thoughts on “Quiet conversation — 100 word challenge!

  1. Aha! That’s a nice one!!
    Based on real life story!?! πŸ™‚

  2. janu on May 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm said:

    Cool….hug conveys a thousand words.

  3. Lovely! Kids are forgiving and learn fast. πŸ™‚

  4. πŸ™‚ good one

  5. natural conversations…you can hear it in every house and both of them will break their promises! Nice one!

  6. Self-talk makes the best conversations! πŸ˜‰

    • Trust you to catch the essence of the post, Corinne :). Indeed I find self-conversations fulfilling. Thanks for a great prompt. Couldn’t resist writing on this one.

  7. Beautiful.. we do it all the time and see what magic self talk does…very nice for the first try….:-)

  8. Best answers come from within.

  9. Sometimes your alter ego is so much wiser than you, isn’t it? Loved the way the mother-son duo patched up…a hug and a sorry can do wonders to a relationship! Beautifully written, Rachna πŸ™‚

  10. Ah, patience . . . something which eludes me all the time.

    Joy always,

  11. Dagny on May 5, 2013 at 10:59 am said:

    Awww… that’s so sweet. And replayed in my house so often. πŸ˜›

  12. Don’t you love that we have the answers? I quite like the visual of our conscience clad in whites, talking to us, sometimes being the devil’s advocate! πŸ˜€ I know I’ve had this particular conversation many times πŸ˜€ Hugs!

    • Indeed Vidya, what an interesting perspective! Never thought of it that way. I always love your comments. They have insight and joy!

  13. Than God for the alter ego!

  14. Wow! that was a superb take dear! πŸ™‚

  15. Nice little peek into the heart of things!

  16. Alter ego the best advisory πŸ™‚

  17. Nice gesture. It is true some promises are meant to be broken from both sides. And it is okay to do so, for the fun lies there only: rootana, phir manana is good it brings us closer.

  18. Sounds real-life. Good one. πŸ™‚

  19. Just a few words and so expressive

  20. Smita on May 6, 2013 at 10:51 am said:

    Hmmm don’t we all do this and regret later and then do again??
    Thank God that kids are forgiving!!!

  21. Patience and empathy works well for my naughty son too. Nice write up πŸ™‚

  22. insignia on May 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm said:

    Anger and sulk never works πŸ™‚ In all walks of life

  23. I have experienced this several times πŸ™‚

  24. I say, better alter ego than schizophrenia!
    Interesting concept for storytelling.

  25. Ah! people can manage to write within 100 words ? πŸ™‚ And so well – wouldn’t hv believed it πŸ™‚

  26. You are never too old, too right to apologize πŸ™‚

  27. I think children teach you a new definition of patience. πŸ™‚

  28. Sometimes we explode over the silliest things. Luckily children are so forgiving.

  29. Oh yes! I have had a few of these conversations too. It is only going to get worse. πŸ˜€

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