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Simple. Angsty. Excruciating. Enchanted. Bold.

This post is prompted by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Need some inspiration? Check it Out. Just an FYI, this was the original assignment:

“This week I want you to write a post inspired entirely by one of these words:
1.) Simple.
2.) Angsty.
3.) Excruciating.
5.) Bold.”

Mama's Losin' ItDear Mama Kat,

I’ve been thinking about this prompt since I received the email a few days ago. I’ve considered many topics and even started writing a few posts, all of which met the fate of the delete button. Nothing flowed. The words wouldn’t come. Maybe I spent too much time writing about Christmas this week that I’m all out of words to write. This should be a SIMPLE task, right? It hasn’t been.

I’m not ANGSTY. Or at least I don’t think I am. Maybe my mom would have called me that when I was eleven. Maybe Hubs calls me that behind my back. I doubt it. However, this week’s Writer’s Workshop is bringing out my inner teenager. She’s a little irritated that a post won’t easily fall out of her head and onto the computer screen. She’s about to put on some black eyeliner, throw on some spiky bracelets, and listen to Emo music all while sitting in the corner with her bangs covering her eyes. One little post. That’s all I want.

It’s so EXCRUCIATING because word associations are usually my strong suit. I love them. I can take a word and run with it like Forrest Gump in an incessant barrage of beautiful sentences that sometimes seem roundabout but usually always get to the point. Not tonight. I even tried to come up with some word associations to use as an example at this very point in the post. None would come. Now I’m questioning all my abilities as a writer. Am I even good enough to participate in the Writer’s Workshop? I’m having my doubts.

Being a procrastinator, I chose to watch a dozen videos of flash mobs on youtube before getting serious about writing this post. I have been ENCHANTED by them ever since I saw Mitch on Modern Family do one. I think the most famous one in the states is the one done at Oprah’s last season kick-off party. Of all the ones I watched tonight this one in Belgium was my favorite (hang in there, it gets all techno-ish at the end):

Now, I want to do one. I’m concocting a plan to coordinate Moms with strollers in the middle of a busy shopping day at the mall. Wouldn’t that be fun? And we could choreograph it to Anita Renfroe’s Mom Song:

How does one go about organizing a flash mob? I don’t know. But I’d sure like to try.

I wonder if I’m even BOLD enough to do it. Probably. I’ve always been able to ham it up when need be. However, organization and planning are not my strong suits. So it may never come to fruition.

I feel like such a failure with this week’s Writer’s Workshop. What can a girl do when she is SIMPLY ANGSTY and in EXCRUCIATING denial that her usual ENCHANTED writing skills are more blah than BOLD?

I don’t know, Mama Kat. I just don’t know. The best thing that came from this post is that I have created a new item to add to my Bucket List (my imaginary Bucket List because I don’t actually have one). I aspire to organize and coordinate a flash mob. When, where, and how, I do not know. All I know is the who and what. But, that just doesn’t fit into any of the prompts you gave.

Maybe next week I’ll find a way to participate in the Writer’s Workshop. Maybe there will be a prompt that will cause the normal waterfall of words to cascade onto my blog in beautiful, natural harmony.

But for now, all I’ve got is this letter. I’m sorry I couldn’t follow through this week. I’m so sorry I let you down.

Many Apologies,


P.S. I’m also wondering if you’re into retro/vintage aprons? I’ve inherited quite a few and I’m not sure what to do with them all . . .

15 responses to “Simple. Angsty. Excruciating. Enchanted. Bold.

  1. Dumb Mom December 9, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Moms with strollers flashmob?! That would be SO awesome!

  2. Carrie December 9, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Clever πŸ™‚ And I’d join you in the flash mob. How fun would that be?

  3. Soccer Mom December 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Oh you can organize a flash mob…not a problem. Just tweet the location for practice after you decide where you’re going to hold it. Our city does weekly free concerts so someone held one there last year. Pretty cool πŸ™‚

  4. Mama Kat December 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    You clever little minx you! This letter contains ALL the words you need…not only does that make you NOT a procrastinator, but it makes you an OVER achiever! Yay you!!

    And I LOVE those flash mob videos! Is that the technical term for them or did you make that up? Anyways, it would be fun to do one, count me in!

    Vintage aprons? Love!

    • Mama Bear Ping December 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Wow. You stopped by. I feel so honored. I’m not an overachiever at all. But I’ll be anything you want me to be. πŸ™‚ I feel like my high school English teacher just handed my assignment back to me and said, “Good job, Christan.”
      I think that is the technical term for them. At least, that’s the only thing I’ve heard them called.
      Really. I have aprons. And when I re-discovered them the other day I thought of you – or at least how you said how much you loved them. They are all sorts of shapes and colors and patterns (one even has a detachable hand towel). My husband’s grandmother and great grandmother made them.

  5. Melinda December 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Love it! ;0) Clever and creative … both marks of a great writer! Thanks so much for coming by to visit me last week! I am so glad you found me and I’m so glad that now I’ve found you. We moms have to stick together. We can learn so much from each other. I love your blog name… πŸ™‚ I’ll be back!

  6. Carri December 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I liked this! It was very cleaver and you really stepped out of the box a lot of us stayed in.

  7. Donna December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, what an avalanche of emotions. The descriptions jump from the page. No need to apologize, however, your aspirations caused mine to flash before my eyes. Thanks for providing inspiration.

    Perhaps you can send Mama Kat your suggestions for future topics, just a suggestion!

  8. pegbur7 December 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Great job and I like those flash mob thinks too. I included one they did at the Atlanta airport. Here’s the post in case you’d like to see it.

  9. Amy @ Never-True Tales December 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Great use of all the prompts! I secretly want to do a flash mob thing too!

  10. Roo {NiceGirlNotes} December 14, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Did you see the pregnant mom flashmob? It was crazy. These pregnant moms were breakdancing.

    Please organize one! I wanna do it!

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