Wordle #160 – Mundane


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.


Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/wordle-160/

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17 Responses to Wordle #160 – Mundane

  1. That’s lovely 🙂 I like that she was brave enough to act on opportunity and he was open enough to reciprocate.

    Thats how all good romances should start 🙂

  2. Lyn says:

    I cannot add anything to what Jules has already said – beautiful!

  3. scribblersdip says:

    Wonderful wordle-ing Michael 🙂
    I like how you’ve used repetition to reinforce, ahem, the mundane, while keeping it interesting – and of course, as others have said, a true “romance” story – gentle and lovely. Great job 🙂

    (I don’t know if you created a pingback, but I’m kind of minding the store some for Yves – and although I’m “in” admin. mode, I don’t see ping backs approval anywhere, so sorry 😦 )

    • Michael says:

      Thank you Pat, as I understand it pingbacks come to the person who has posted the prompt….the wordle has Yves name on it so that is where the pingbacks would be going…I know with TW pingbacks come to me on my week and to Lorraine on hers. I don’t know if Yves has an overriding pingback or not.

      • scribblersdip says:

        I have the pingbacks figured out now – so I can access them for her when she’s away etc. but thanks for confirming my initial thoughts – that’s what I remembered from when I hosted. 🙂

  4. A lovely tale. I guess many kids feel that way with or without reason. Feeling invisible until someone parts the cloud to reveal the light within.

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