Saturday, October 5, 2013

To Look With Love

This weekend's Trifextra challenge is to use the attached photo as the basis of our story.  So, I have attempted to do that below.  Please enjoy!


To Look With Love

He emerged from the water;
the cries of gulls mingled with
the screams of panicked beachgoers.

"Come, my Beautiful boy."
She whispered, soothingly.
"One day, they will look with love,
as I do."


Thanks to Gene's Musings, I have tried to add on a Soundcloud audio clip of this story, for your enjoyment.  Still working out the kinks when it comes to recording and presentation but, warts and all, here I am reading, "To Look With Love".  Thanks, Gene, for inspiring me to give this a try.

33 comments:

  1. Aw, this is kind of sweet! Poor, misunderstood monster. Nice take on the prompt Tom!

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    1. When we judge others by their looks, a lot of beautiful people go unrecognized.........even monsters, I suppose. :) Thanks for the kind words, Suzanne.

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  2. I like the Beauty and the Beast take. Monsters have feelings too :)

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    1. ....and, we are all beautiful, even monsters, in the eyes of our moms. Those two things were what I was going for. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. You struck just the right note, Tom. Glad you turned the cartoon into a meaningful story. Well done you!!

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    1. I was thinking of Frankenstein and The Beast and other misunderstood monster characters when I wrote this. Thanks for stopping by, Jo-Anne. Always great to hear from you. :)

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  4. Yes, even Jason Voorhees' mom loved him.

    well done

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    1. Of course she did! He was always her son, despite it all! THnaks for your comments, Lance! :)

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  5. I love the tone that you set with this one, then I listened to your reading of it. You did a really great job! Thanks for the link-back and keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Thanks for inspiring me to improve what I am able to offer others with my work. As for the link-back, I have always felt it important for creative people to be supportive of each other when possible. So, no problemo doing that. Glad to direct a little traffic your way. :)

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  6. Wow! This was really beautiful Tom! For a mother, no child is comparable to her kid. No matter how the world sees us, its reassuring to know that there is at least one person in d world who thinks we are beautiful :)

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  7. Dunno why its showing me as Anonymous there!

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    1. There is no love like a Mother's love, for sure. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. I appreciate your words very much, Neetika.

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  8. Can't be easy being a misunderstood monster.. really sweet.

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    1. Frankenstein and the Beast would know better than I. Thanks for your comments, Bjorn. :)

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  9. It seems we both wanted to give the monster a more human quality. I like this...well done.

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    1. Valuing the humanity in others, that we prize in ourselves, is one of the keys to a kinder, gentler planet, in my opinion. Thanks for your gracious, thoughtful comment. I appreciate it very much. :)

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  10. Aww, happy monster ending! :)

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  11. Awww! Wasn't expecting such a touching piece from that picture. Well done!

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    1. At home but, especially at school at this early stage of the school year, we talk a lot about treating each other kindly, playing together nicely, sharing, etc. so, when I saw our cartoon zombie, I immediately thought that everyone would run away from him and he would feel sad and who could he count on to give him the positive feedback he was seeking? Well, Monster Momma, of course! A momma usually loves you, no matter what so, there you have how this story came to be. Thanks for stopping by with your comment, Ivy. :)

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    2. This was a favorite book of my daughters: http://www.amazon.com/My-Monster-Mama-Loves-Me/dp/0060088605/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381149515&sr=1-1&keywords=my+monster+mama+loves+me+so (Hopefully that link works.) Your piece reminded me of it. My little monster is 11 now, so it's been a few years since we read it. Sigh. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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    3. I have that book in my classroom as we speak. It's a good one, for sure. Thanks for the link and the second message. :)

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    1. Aw, shucks, Steph! I'm a gonna be blushing soon! :)

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    1. ...and, monster mommies still love their little monsters. A mother's love is a powerful tonic against the cruel realities of social life in the real world. :)

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  14. Sweet, Tom. Ever the compassionate creature!

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    1. Who? Me or the zombie's mommy? :) Thanks for stopping by, Kymm.

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  15. In a mother's eyes,all kids are the most beautiful for it is her love that makes one so:-)A great perspective Tom-if only we could look inside the heart and not the physical beauty-maybe many of us would be surprised..

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for the wonderful comment and the wonderful perspective on life. You are, indeed, a gem, Atreyee! :)

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  16. you're awesome, you have the ability to just see GOOD STUFF and give it us.

    I loved this because as a mom, I know that you love your kids no matter what. Like Trifecta said, even monsters have mommies.

    you made me teary.

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  17. Thanks, Kir. I would probably be better served if I could give the bad and the ugly a little more often, too. Glad the post resonated with you. Thank you, as always for your wonderful comments and steadfast support. :)

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