In the blog world – just like in real life – peer pressure works. A couple of weeks ago I commented to my friend Lance at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog that we had a mutual blog friend, Tracy from Crazy As Normal. (Actually, what I told him was, “Tracy is in-real-life best friends with Sarah who is married to Chad who is in-real-life best friends with Dallas who is married to me!’) The comment was on his 100 Word Song Meme. He responded that I should try to do the meme. I declined. Lance is a real, published writer – we’re not in the same league. However, last week I got a tweet from Tracy, copied to Lance requesting I do the meme. They ganged up on me and it worked. For this exercise we have to listen to a song and then write 100 words – no more – inspired by the song.
Like I said, real writer stuff. It didn’t help that the song is cool and hip and nothing I had ever heard of because I am neither. But here it goes anyway. Tracy chose the song, “WHALE” by Yellow Ostrich. Listen first.
She knew everyone was looking at her. A girl her size shouldn’t be dieting. Everyone told her she was too thin. Maybe, but she felt anything but thin.
She grabbed a can and saw her fingers. Translucent skin with pulsing veins, bright and blue. Skinny fingers. A tiny, frail wrist. They looked like they might break under the weight of the Slim Fast.
It was not the pretty she wanted to be.
She left the aisle and filled her basket with food. Things she had denied herself for too long. Fruits, vegetables, bread, even chips and chocolate.
She felt beautiful.