This week the prompt is: “Her crumpled up list of resolutions…”

She sat with a thoughtful expression on her face as she wrote in her notebook. He looked at her and knew he couldn’t live the lie another year. “I’m leaving you.” he blurted out that New Year’s Eve.

She didn’t say a word, just ripped out the page from her notebook, tossed it in the garbage and walked out of the room. Puzzled, he walked over and picked her crumpled up list of resolutions from the wastebasket. She just had one resolution but it took up the entire page describing how she would achieve her goal of being a perfect wife.

Word Count:  96
Written for  Saturday Centus

16 responses to “Resolutions

  1. Well, you know…she’s better off without him then. She needs to take this time and get rid of notions of perfection. Great take on the prompt which made for a most interesting read!

  2. If only we could solve things so easily by a ripping out a page!!! But the crumpled page was only the beginning for her I fear.

  3. Oh this was good!
    To be perfect at anything you have to be yourself…….

  4. Sounds like someone never heard the words “marital counseling.” She’s better off without him, the worm!!!

  5. Nice, ironic twist to the prompt. She needs to quit worrying about being perfect, and start finding someone who loves her the way she is! Hopefully, that will be her NEW resolution. Kat

  6. Oh how sad!! Brill post!

  7. I agree with Polly (5th sister) on this one. Great use of the prompt. Well-built plot! Wonderful text.
    Yes, she should stop thinking about perfection. But who gave all of these thoughts about perfection? Who told her that she wasn’t good enough? She seeks solutions to their problems by trying to improve herself, becoming perfect for him, when he is the worst problem in this relationship. He is very cold and uncaring. He doesn’t deserve her. He doesn’t see her. He doesn’t want her anymore. It’s too late.
    I just hope that she doesn’t meet up with another similar ego-tripping man and fall into the same pattern. I hope she understands that she is perfectly alright the way she is. She just need to find someone who appreciates her as she is, rather than wanting to redo her.
    Been there. Done that!
    Excellent centus!
    Best wishes for the new year!
    Anna’s SC#35

  8. I just realized that you already have visited my SC-post. Thank you!
    I have written a second text and would like to invite you to visit my SC-post again, if you have the time.
    Best wishes,
    Anna’s SC#35 plus second text

  9. oh this hurts me deep 😦 so very sad. so poignant.

  10. Isn’t it interesting how two people look at the same situation with different responses? “living a lie” versus “trying harder”.

    Well done!

  11. Ouch!! Poor her but it sounds like she’s probably better off. Great job on this.

  12. oh dear. well more fool him for not giving things a chance!!

    Happy new year 🙂

  13. This little story is so well written, visual and concrete! Your blending of hope and on her part and his total willingness to give up and leave is fine writing.


  14. You painted that picture so well, well written and a really good use of the prompt.

    Happy new year to you. 🙂

  15. Gut-wrenching. AND good.


  16. Oh, this is good! More than good. I love irony and twisty-turny-gut-wrenching posts.

    This was clever and wonderfully written.

    What a wonderful start for 2011 this weeks SC’s have been!

    Thanks for linking.

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