Grant me the serenity to change

Trifecta Week ย  # 71

Anna’s head rested upon crossed arms on the kitchen table.

The sleeves of her jumper soggy. She knew she had to face him, head on…again.

The kids were upstairs doing their homework, the clock on the wall marking the seconds, growing louder, as her thoughts bounced back and forth to the pursuing conversation or screaming match that was about to take place.

The car finally pulled into the driveway, he had finished work three hours ago.
She heard the garage door open and close, the engine stop, the door slam shut.

Anna tensed, listening to his footsteps as he walked into the house.

She held her breath and lifted her head, wiping the tears, smudging her mascara.

“Hi” Andrew, said, his voice quiet, withdrawn.

Anger crept through her gut, she wasn’t in the mood for the “How was your day?” routine.

“What’s up, you been crying”?

“Andrew… my credit card was declined at the Supermarket, the electric and gas companies phoned threatening to cut off the supply”.

“Is that what you’re worried about, hell Anna I get paid next week, it’s fine, I wish you would stop this shit”, his voice rising in anger.

“How many times can’t we pay our bloody bills. What if the utilities are cut off, we’re in bloody winter, the kids, how do we bath them without hot water, how do we feed them”?

“You have to stop”, she screamed.

“Oh for christ sake Anna, enough!”

“That’s why you’re late again, a little flutter on those bloody machines before you came home”?

“I just put a little in, I work bloody hard, I’m entitled to a little fun aren’t I?” he roared back.

Anna stood up from the table grabbing the small bundle of $1 notes from under her jumper, throwing them at her husbands face, to rain over him and scatter at his feet.

“That, she yelled, is what you may as well be doing with our money”.

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Footnote:

I wrote this due to the gambling addiction that so many people face over here and I assume all over the world. I have known of cases where children have not been bathed for 2 weeks, because the parents are gambling their money away and cannot afford the bills.

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The word is Rain (Transitive Verb) 3rd definition as below to be used.
3:ย to take a lot of money in bill form and toss it up in the air. This is most effectively done at a strip club for the effect of raining one dollar bills on the dancers (and it makes them feel so pretty), or to snub a hater by throwing money into their face that then falls to the floor like rain (use this when paying a debt to a punk bitch who keeps asking for their money to the point that they are ruining your friendship or when dumping someone who has been bankrolling you for a while now that you’re making money).

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The word itself needs to be included in your response.
You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.

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52 thoughts on “Grant me the serenity to change

    • Hi Kymm thanks for reading and advising, I have now altered, I read other posts that have said raining and rained, is it the definition that has to be correct not the exact word to be used?

      • Yeah, it’s gotta be both, correct definition and “You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above”. I think you’ll find that posts with raining and rained also have “rain” somewhere. You could ignore it, but it’s a disqualifier, which they ask you to put in the comments rather than link up. Also, as you’ve seen, it’s usually pretty easy to fix for us wordsmiths : )

      • Both, actually. The word needs to be used as stated, so in this case “rain” not “rained” or “raining.” It’s one of our trickier rules, but it’s consistent in all of our challenges.

      • I know a woman who lost her infant son because the nanny left him in a locked car while she gambled in a casino. Heartbreaking. That’s addiction for you. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  1. You’re from Australia right? I remember a show from New Zealand called We Once Were Warriors. Reminded me of the indigenous folks here in Western Canada and life on the reserves. They pack the Bingo halls on the weekends and the kid are left alone only some as young as 7 or 8 They used to roam the streets until they closed at 1:00 am its better now but still a huge problem in all our communities. Good story

    • Yes Sam I am. ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘We once were Warriors’ is indeed about indigenous people, the Maori and their battles within their own society. Like with many cultures and race, the show reflects what some families indeed suffer. Given that it IS a Movie there probably has been some embellishment to the story told, but none the less, gambling/drinking in some of the areas is definitely a huge issue, as in every country. Thank you for your comments really appreciate that you have taken the time to answer as you have done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a horrible situation to be in!I feel sorry for such people who have to fight the battle of life alone cos their partners are addicted to something ;like gambling or alcohol or drugs or whatever!An excellent piece:-)

  3. This is very intense, and it hit me quite hard because money issues was the main thing that broke up my father and step-mother a couple of years ago. I see addiction all the time in the form of the frequent lottery customers at my job. People on welfare or social security are spending hundreds of dollars a month on lottery. I just want to grab them and shake them into their senses!

    • Hi Draug, thanks for reading. I hoped that this was the emotion I would bring out in my readers and sorry that it brought up painful memories. I personally think buying a lottery ticket now and then (without as you say spending hundreds of dollars) is ok, if you have an addictive nature however, for some it is extremely difficult to stop at just one. Chasing the win, chasing the $’s can have disastrous effects within a family. x

  4. If there is one lesson I hope my daughter learns from me, it’s how to be independent. I wish your Anna here had the power to just take her kids and leave…

    Very powerfully done!

    • Valerie, I hope she does too. Too many women are ‘held’ within a relationship not knowing how to release themselves and being independent and strong is the only way they will manage it. I thank you so much for reading and your comments. x

  5. Great story. And I wrote a fairytale about the lottery when in fact you hit the issue square on. It’s an addiction. Nice build-up of tension. Well done.

  6. it is an endless circle for some though, the stress of unpaid bills, so little funds to pay them, hoping to see it grow with the pull of an arm.. and all life’s problems solved with a jackpot bell ringing. Of course instead of the bell ringing you hear the silence of the last pull and only lint left in your pocket and now one more bill goes unpaid. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Good Job Mumsy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That’s a bad situation for the family – especially if he doesn’t see the problem (like with any addiction.)

    I actually worked with a woman many years ago who had a bad gambling addiction. Actually left work during the day to gamble and served jail time for embezzling from the company. She was a wife and a mother with two young sons. Very sad.

    • Hi Janna
      That is extremely sad, I too have witnessed life being shattered, once you cross the bridge with any addiction though, very hard to return. Appreciate you reading and commenting. Thank you.

  8. Well written story. I had an acquaintance that slept with her purse under her head. Her husband was a gambler. It was so bad that thugs came by the house periodically.

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