This week’s words: Mundane Neat Vent Spine Wrapper La gaudiere (n.)) the glint of goodness inside people, which you can only find by sloshing them back and forth in your mind until everything dark and gray and common falls away, leaving behind a constellation at the bottom of the pan—a rare element trapped in exposed bedrock, washed there by a storm somewhere upstream.) Nudge Partial Tentative Backwards Oppose Smile
He had been labelled mundane from an early age. Though a neat and tidy boy there was something about his character that left you wishing there was more.
As a result, he went through life as a person on the edge of people’s attention and was often forgotten when it came to being recognised or for that matter thanked.
For the most part very few if anyone noticed anything la gaudiere about him. Even his parents sometimes forgot he was there except when the firewood ran out, and they remembered he was in charge of keeping the fire box full.
It was then they would vent their displeasure at him. Lazy, inconsequential and overall so mundane that if he had any spine would have done something about himself long ago.
He would smile at them, he had the ability to pass himself off as impervious to their taunts and would, once they were gone, step backwards into his own little world.
He wrapped around him a fantasy in which he was happy to live. There was little point he reasoned in opposing anything said to him as he didn’t have the skills to fight back, he lacked the where with all to think quickly and so to everyone’s observations always appeared tentative when put on the spot.
It took him forty years to realise he did something to offer. A small woman out walking her dog had watched him as he hurried by each day. She saw something in him that if maybe, she gave him a gentle nudge might allow them both to strike up some conversation.
So she gathered her wits about her and with a bit of cajoling, some encouragement and a lot of hope discovered his la gaudiere, if only partially at first but in time he allowed her to see it. She was impressed, there was more than she anticipated and nothing she saw said anything mundane about this man.
He had the rarest of elements within his person, she kept nudging him to loosen up and in time found a partner she loved and whom she discovered was not as tentative he might have believed.
So, each with a smile a mile-wide walked hand in hand off into the sunset, wrapped in each other’s love, never to take a backwards step.