100-Word Challenge: Pretty Princess

So, it’s week 54 for Julia’s 100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups, and we’ve got a relatively simple prompt:
LEGACY. Julia says, You don’t have to … include the word but I would like 100 words on what it says to you.

Legacy always conjures up the idea and ramifications of family, for me. I’m sure others can sympathize…and you’ll likely see more of this sort of legacy, this week. As for me, I’m venturing among the Nightingales, again:

“Pretty Princess”

Katie's Princess

Katie’s Princess

“Miss Trish asked what we’re to be when we grow up,” Billie said, smearing blue across her colouring book Clydesdale.

Sally smiled. “What did you say?”

“Starship captain,” Billie answered. She grabbed a green; the horse became a pegasus. “Or, dinosaur zookeeper.”

“That’s my girl,” Larry quipped.

Sally chuckled, turning to her quieter daughter. “And you?”

Katie dabbed red over her picture princess’s hair, murmuring, “Pretty.”

Sally and Larry stopped, frowning.

Billie gave her pegasus purple horns, declaring, “You’ll be pretty, just like Mummy! But, I have to do more. Because I look like Daddy.”

Larry sneered. “Thanks very much!”

Billie's Horse

Billie’s Horse

There are brutal truths of society that children understand even at an early age; the importance of beauty is one of them (I know I learned it very young). But I didn’t want to dwell too much on such a ponderous topic, so I figured outspoken little Billie could offer a slightly pragmatic turnaround. Hope you enjoy!

What legacy did you examine for this week?

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16 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge: Pretty Princess

  1. great story. I gasped with your line, “Sally and Larry stopped, frowning.” wondering what you would say or do. Then smiling, you brought me round…nice writing. Thanks, Randy The pics are terrific, too!

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    • Thanks, Randy. I originally had something much more “deep” in mind…but couldn’t make it work in just 100 words! I figured a slightly sillier twist was warranted. (Those coloring pages were probably my favorite part of writing this one, this week!)

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  2. You can always rely on children to say exactly what they think! I like the way you wove the children’s colouring in with the conversation – with their concentration more on their activity than the words coming out of their mouths. Love your pictures of their pictures too!

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    • Thank you, Sally-Jayne. I did want to try and capture the bold, bald honesty of children, here. There’s definitely a deeper sadness, especially with Katie, but they’re still young enough that the articulation is still difficult. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Thanks, Sandra. The older sister is definitely saying something more with that one word; it’s a young girl’s conundrum that continues to haunt through her life. I’m glad that came across as intended. :)

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  3. Ah, the innocent honesty of a child. It always has it’s own bite to it.
    I like the natural feel and familiar setting to it all. It feels comfortable and downright sublime.
    Excellent work!

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    • Thanks, Delft.
      Katie’s definitely growing up faster than I’d ever suspected, complete with self-conscious doubts. :/ As for Billie, even I don’t know how things will turn out for her. She just might end up being a starship captain or dinosaur zookeeper! :D

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  4. I love the practicality of Billie’s last line, perfectly timed and I chuckled along at the thought of this conversation taking place.

    It’s also interesting how siblings will view beauty differently, as you so smoothly showed in this piece. Nice job.

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    • Thank you, Kate.
      As much as I love playing with the parents in this series, the daughters have turned into little voiceboxes for my own girls, I think. The differences in their personalities and perceptions have created quite the interesting read, for me. They’re full of such clear, no-nonsense honesty. :)

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