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Ramblings of Frettings

by WalksWithBooks | Score: 3900

Dad just sits and cries. We're not really sure why. One moment everything was fine and then the next it was as if he'd seen something in the coals of the fire.

We had never known him to display much in the way of emotion. He was always so focused on his work. The stereotypical stoic image at whatever project captured his focus.

It's probably the stress of retirement and the ailings of his aging parents. Being front seat to the onset of age-related degenerative conditions can be intense. To watch a fully functional person be reduced to incapability by things even as simple as a packet of take-out soy sauce can keep you up with grief and worry for days.

I'm beginning to think that engineers just don't know how to retire. It's a whole mindset built around the idea of solvability of problems and the perspective of being needed by one's relations for that function. To put it in an analogy it's like living a life as a clamp only to find that there is no need for clamps. That's a horrible analogy, lol.

Sorry, had to shoehorn in  the challenge item and I did a crap job. How about this: it's like being a repairman in charge of the clamps, hearing a cry for help, then arriving to find that the only way to save the person crying is with a saw.

I'm done writing now. This is pure ramble and not really in a mood I'm enjoying.

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Event Dad just sits and cries
Begin Start typing to begin
Letter Use the letter O
Character A stoic craftsperson
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Prop Include a soy sauce packet
Event Your character hasn't slept in days
Letter Use the letter G
Character A popular engineer
Prop Include a clamp
Words Reach 200 words
Event Someone cries for help

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