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RDP Saturday 4/1/23- Capricious Anchor

The prompt word for today, 1st April 2023, is “Spin”! (I fool you not)!

Sarah stood waiting for her mom who was currently fully focused on her cellphone. She’d asked Mom if she’d like to play a guessing game and had gotten a too familiar ‘index finger in the air’ response.
After what seemed like an hour to her, the child started to spin in place releasing her impatient overflowing energy in an explosion.
When she stilled her feet to try to regain her balance the world kept turning with furious inertia and she instinctively flailed for anything she might anchor to. Somewhere beyond the blur she was startled by her mother’s hand intervening with her immanent faceplant on the wooden floor.
A lucky but capricious anchor for Sarah made available between phone texts.


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

8 thoughts on “RDP Saturday 4/1/23- Capricious Anchor

  1. This story evokes a sense of nostalgia and empathy for the character of Sarah. It’s a familiar scene that many of us have experienced as children, waiting impatiently for a parent who seems too preoccupied with their phone to pay attention to us. We can relate to Sarah’s restlessness and the way she tries to release her energy by spinning in place.

    The moment where she loses her balance and instinctively flails for something to anchor to is also relatable, as is the relief she feels when her mother intervenes to prevent her from falling. It’s a reminder of the way that parents can sometimes be absent-minded, but also how they can be a source of comfort and safety when we need it most.

    I must say, this story is a poignant reminder of the importance of being present for our loved ones, especially children. It’s a call to action to put down our devices and pay attention to the people around us and be there for them when they need us most.

    1. Thanks so much for your insightful comment. You touched upon every single message that I had hoped to convey. Your attention and observations are most appreciated!
      Parents are their children’s anchors and this hopes to remind them of that.

  2. Nice picture. Very nice interesting sharing sarh waiting her mother. Parents are their children’s Anchor and this hope to remind that .

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