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This poem was inspired by the story "Hello, Rachel Eastwitch" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "parent" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] bairnsidhe. This poem belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: The backstory includes serious abuse.


"Why I Named My Pet Rock 'Mom'
or, 10 Ways a Smooth Stone Is Better Than an Abusive Parent"



A pet rock is old and has seen it all before.

A pet rock will always be there for me.

A pet rock will listen to anything I tell it.

A pet rock can't stalk me and my family.

A pet rock will never let me down.

A pet rock will never call me useless.

A pet rock will never badmouth me to other people.

A pet rock will never mess with my education.

A pet rock will never hit me, or hit anyone I love.

A pet rock will never pretend to love me and then hurt me.

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Date: 2019-02-20 08:49 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Ouch, only, DESERVED for the people it's pointed at (as opposed to the people it is in sympathy of)...

Of course, there do exist folk who are at least as much better than a pet rock than a pet rock is better than certain excuses for parents. (Yes, Mama, I am looking at you.) (serves her up a bowl of chunky matzoh ball soup, because one HONOURS one's mama regardless of the genetics.)

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2019-02-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
She reminds me a lot of certain orange ferret headed piles of Scottish invective.. A bully who doesn't know when to keep their big mouth SHUT...

Good job showing Jules’ perspective

Date: 2019-02-21 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
This just makes me want to go after Rachel even more. *snarls in virtuous anger*

Am now--

Date: 2019-02-21 07:40 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Picturing this poem making the rounds at the school. Pinned inside lockers, taped to the outside of lockers, on teachers' doors, and so on... Not to bother Jules, but to make the point that abuse is SUBTLE sometimes, and it takes people willing to SPOT IT as well as stand up to it.

Re: Am now--

Date: 2019-02-22 01:54 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Of the four notes left on the truck, one was a 'flying monkey' statement. That's pretty typical right now, since it's less likely that those involved in taking depositions will BLAB-- because of the ages of Bennett when he left and Jules when she tried to go for a direct attack. HERE, yeah, people let things slip and shrug off the violation of privacy.

Re: Am now--

Date: 2019-02-22 03:18 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Exactly-- after a week or two in Italy, people in Mercedes will have had time to THINK, and fewer of the flying monkey ideas will hold water.

JUST the fact that Rachel never paid a penny of child support will tear away a lot of the AUTOMATIC "side with the woman" thinking. SHE is the deadbeat parent in this case, and it shows.

Re: Am now--

Date: 2019-02-22 02:35 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Which is NOT like L-America in so MANY ways!

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