A Rose By Any Other Name…

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Carol was deep into her makeup routine when she noticed Mark behind her in the mirror.  He smiled when he caught her eye.

“Gilding the roses, I see.”

“Flattery will get you nowhere, mister, and the phrase is lilies, not roses.”

Mark’s smile widened. “But roses are so much more beautiful, like you, sweetie, and so need that gold edge even less.”

“Have you made the reservations?”

“Chez One-Months-Paycheck?  Yes.”

“Go get your suit on.  We need to go soon.”

Mark grumbled as he left the bathroom.

“Don’t blame me,” Carol said. “I wasn’t the one who forgot our anniversary.”

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Word count = 100

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51 thoughts on “A Rose By Any Other Name…

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      No, it doesn’t matter how much he tries to flatter. I’ll admit that I chuckled a little when I decided to have him call the restaurant by that name, but I’m surprised at how many people picked up on it. Thanks.

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  1. Rowena

    Loved your story, Trent. Mother’s Day was a non event here last year and my son managed to buy me a half dead potted plant but my husband and daughter did nothing and I was very hurt and fuming. I’d even volunteered selling flowers at the Scout hall the day before. The next night they all got a talking to. Even if you don’t know what to buy or do, just go with what people are doing around you. Buy the chrysanthemums. I can see a story in that one!
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Right, it doesn’t matter what the gift is, just the thought -a true “it’s the thought that counts” moment. With this story, he is literally paying for his thoughtlessness ;)

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    I’m not sure if it’s the forgotten anniversary she’s upset about or his indifference to something she feels is important. Too often men and even women think it’s about the amount of money spent when it’s really about appreciating the person whose chosen to live their lives with you. A handmade card or some other little personal gesture would probably have been enough. I made a coupon book for an anniversary one year with different things : ie – a favorite dish you want me to make 2: a drawn bath – I hope this isn’t too long but just not paying any concern for something a significant other loves seems lazy and selfish. WHEW … this is so well written it stirred emotions. Good job 👍
    Isadora 😎

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree, it isn’t the money she was concerned about, but that he forgot an event that was important to her. A simple card would have gotten him off of the hook, and a handmade one is even better!, but he blew it – the money is punishment so he doesn’t do it again… Thanks! :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      We really don’t do much either, and I’ve never forgotten. As I said in another comment, I think the bigger deal you make of it the more likely you are to forget…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m not sure. I’ve never forgotten ours, but we don’t make a big deal out of it either. But I know some people do make a huge deal, and it seems the bigger the expectations, the more likely the husband is to forget it ;) We’ve all been to restaurants that should have been named that, if there is truth in advertising ;) Thanks.

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  3. pennygadd51

    I enjoyed your reveal – beautifully done! Mark deserves the pain – his attempts to repair matters were almost worse than forgetting the anniversary in the first place! Nice writing, Trent!

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