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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y is for Yolk

Y is for yolk. The yellow moon inside an egg that he learned about in first grade, when they were incubating eggs in his classroom. For the one egg that never developed into any kind of chick at all – for his disappointment when his science teacher cracked it open like any store-bought egg his mother might crack into a bowl at home.

Disappointment is better than the great devastation he felt for the lone chick that did develop, but failed to poke its way through the air sac of its shell.

Y then is for yielding. A giving in to that devastation. A small bird perfectly formed. Died. Just because it failed at making its own way out into the world.

And he remembered then something his mother often said: "Don't expect life to be fair." In far less unfair situations, so far, in his seven years. As when the string on his first yo-yo broke for no good reason.

He'd made the best of it, the broken yo-yo. He couldn't yo-yo very well, anyway, so he tied it to a tree branch as a swing for the birds. He'd made the best of unfairness. And that was not something his mother had taught him. To survive himself, he would never yield to hopelessness.

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Lynn Proctor said...

life is full of small big things-wonderful y day

Jenni said...

what a wonderful take on todays letter ...thanks so much for sharing :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Yep. Life has never been nor will it ever be fair.

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Paula Martin said...

Great post, and a poignant lesson about life.

Kathy said...

Life. No there is nothing fair about life!! Great post!


ElizabethSheryl said...

Great post!

Daron Henson said...

@ Sandra - Interesting and inventive story in you A-Z challenge. It sounds like your having fun with the process of creating stories for the project.

Ricardo Miñana said...

have an interesting space, a great pleasure to read you.
if you like the poetry I invite you to my space.
happy day.
a greeting.

Damyanti said...

That's a whole lot of depth right there-- I'm glad I stopped by here today.

MCatherine said...

As far as I'm concerned making lemonade out of lemons is a life skill and when coupled with a sense of humor, one is armed for survival!

Thanks for also dropping by to comment on Hide A Heart's blog to let me know you and Michele from ByYourSide is FB friends with you too!

Abracadebra Designs said...

Great L post today. Like Forrest Gump says... Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get... Making the best of a bad situation certainly is a great life skill to have.

Jenn said...

I think one of the hardest lessons to learn is that life is NOT fair--and it seems that life keeps trying to teach us that lesson at times. It's a good lesson to learn..but the hardest of them all--especially when we're the yolk.


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