It seemed like a good idea at the time…. It was my turn to set the topic for Romance Writers Weekly, and I chose this:
Pick a day or event in your life (ordinary or unusual) and describe it from a different point of view. This could be another person who was there, a stranger watching from a far, a pet - whatever you like.
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome.
It was a lot harder than I thought to figure out how to do this. It’s difficult to see yourself from the ‘outside!' But I had to give it a shot, of course.
She is not a tall woman. When she pushes the grocery cart her hands are at chest-level. In the produce section she weaves back and forth, wasting no time on choosing the lettuce and peppers and fruit from the bins. The list she consults every couple minutes is illegible to anyone else, but she has no problem deciphering it. In the international foods aisle, she takes her time selecting the soya sauce. You can hear her muttering to herself as she reads the labels closely and discards those with higher sodium. “As if any soya sauce is low in sodium,” she can be heard to say. She continues talking to herself as she strides up and down the aisles, filling her green bins methodically. In front of the shelves holding popcorn and popcorn toppings, she must stand on the bottom shelf, cling to one of the middle shelves, and strain to reach the Ketchup flavour. It’s always on the very highest shelf and always almost gone, so the last small containers are barely within fingertip reach. At the till she unloads quickly, and as the items are scanned through by the cashier she refills her bins, tapping her fingers impatiently as she waits for the conveyor belt to bring them to her. She is done loading before the till finishes compiling the final total and whisks out the door, not to be seen until the following Saturday.
I’m not sure how successful this experiment was, but there you go. I’d love to hear your comments – and then be sure to hop on over to A.S. Fenichel who is next in line!
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