Friday, April 8, 2011

Give it Up!

Sometimes life requires us to make a sacrifice. We have to give up something in order to get some other thing we really want (or think we want). The costs can be large.  

Here's your topic for this week: Write about something important that you gave up and explain why you did so. 

My response: There was a time when my daughter was a young teenager that I sacrificed her trust in exchange for our safety. She was away visiting my sister when my husband received a phone call from someone who mistook him for my ex-husband. My hubby went along with the mistake and learned that my ex had met the caller in jail and had convinced him it would be easy to burgle our home. They continued talking and agreed to talk again to disclose the address. When we tried to get assistance from the police department, we were told we were on our own because a crime hadn't been committed. Needless to say, we were extremely uncomfortable for our safety and the safety of our daughter. Since the caller didn't have our address, we decided to change the phone number to hopefully prevent any other action. When my daughter found out we had changed our home number without consulting her, there was no excuse we could give that would assuage her anger. It wasn't until many years later -- and many conversations about this issue -- that her feelings of having been ignored were healed and our trust was restored.

Your turn: Remember to post before midnight on Tuesday the 12th.