Except for the Exceptions

Midnight. Same as eleven. Same as ten. Same as nine eight seven six…
Except she yawned. She blinked a few more times than earlier.

Water the plants. Water the children. Water the trees vegetables flowers weeds…
Except for every other day. Except for the vegetables; they were every day.

Socks, folded. Same as shirts. Same as pants socks pajamas undies…
Except there were no exceptions.

“You should try a vacation,” they said. “I want you to be happy,” he said.
Except for when it affects me, he thought.

Except for when her happiness interferes with everyone else’s.

18 thoughts on “Except for the Exceptions

  1. Arjun August 17, 2019 / 11:18 pm

    Sad reality for many people. Well captured. Great post.

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  2. Bladud Fleas August 18, 2019 / 3:36 am

    Is it like a Zen thing, the folding of socks? Some things of least value may hold the greatest of rewards. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens August 18, 2019 / 3:49 am

      🙂 If not, your second sentence sounds very Zen.


  3. H.R.R. Gorman August 18, 2019 / 9:12 am

    That last line hits hard after a rather funny and ironic-toned story. “Water the children” made me laugh, though!

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  4. S. Chersis August 18, 2019 / 9:51 am

    I like the written piece, but not the situation 😦

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      • S. Chersis August 19, 2019 / 12:04 am

        I can’t really offer much than a hope for things to turn out alright–so, I hope things turn out alright :c

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  5. gregoryjoel August 18, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Powerful post! The 13th (or was it 12th?) century monk, Brother Lawrence, said that everything, even doing the dishes (which was his labor) was an act of worship. When I feel stuck (which occurs more than I would like) I try to remember the holiness of any act I do when I see its ultimate value…

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    • Chelsea Owens August 18, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      Good advice. Anyone doing repetitive, mundane work needs an outside perspective.


  6. masercot August 19, 2019 / 4:46 am

    My brain treats the mundane that same as the unusual. It’s a depression thing but it saves me a lot of money on travel…

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  7. Lisa Bradshaw August 23, 2019 / 1:31 am

    It sounds like you are really tired.. Take care of yourself..

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