Speaking Up is Hard to Do

Mama’s Losin’ It

Writing Prompt: A time you wish you had spoken up. 

At one point in my life I worked in a famous department store. One day I was standing near the cash register with another saleswoman I’ll call Patty.

On this day a woman and several children approached the register to ask us questions. A little boy said something that apparently his mother took exception to.


Suddenly the boy was on the floor.

It happened so fast and he was down before Patty and I realized what had happened. We were still trying to process this when the boy staggered to his feet and then again said something that his mother didn’t like.

Mother struck again.

He was on the floor again.

Patty and I stood there, jaws dropped. We glanced at each other. Should we call security? We had the funny feeling that security was only concerned about shoplifters. I knew that I would probably lose my job if I “caused trouble” – I live in an “at-will employment” state and they can use anything to fire you. Actually, they don’t have to give any reason at all.

I also was aware that that it would be my word against hers — and I’d also drag Patty into something that should might not want to get involved in. However, we both felt really bad and guilty for not doing anything about it.

This is why child abuse doesn’t get reported as it should. People are afraid to get involved, because YOU can get into trouble for doing the right thing.

In retrospect, I wish that I had called the police. Even though you could not get an outside line on the department phone, I did have my cell phone in my purse in the drawer.

We were also stunned that someone would knock down her child – twice – in front of total strangers. She seemed completely unconcerned about what happened and the whole group just wandered away.
We also wondered: if she did this in public to her children, what did she do in private?

This was written for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop

Difficult Times

I am sorry that I have not been posting on this blog but I have been going through some very difficult times lately.

My mother died. We were very close. In the last few years she did suffer from dementia, so I did have some time to prepare for her death, but it is still very hard.

I have found it difficult to find motivation for blogging. Lately I have found myself mostly reading lighthearted romance novels, but they are not the kind of books that I want to review. I just needed an escape.

Of course, then I feel guilty because I am not reviewing books!

I have also struggled with SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. This winter has been just miserable, and it affected me very negatively. If it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t know what I would have done.

Now that the spring is here, I have begun writing again, and I have also begun reading more difficult literature lately.

I also have struggled to find a direction for this blog. I really do hope to write some book reviews soon, and I will also write about freelance writing. I am a writer in addition to being a great reader, and I want to write about both – writing and books.

See you soon!