During the month of February, I am participating in Write ALM’s Prompt-a-Day daily writing challenge in the hopes that I find my inspiration and get myself back on track. Feel free to join us as we write together!
Today’s prompt is
Prompts like this one are usually why I don’t finish these types of writing challenges. I run into a prompt that I don’t particularly like or doesn’t speak to me and then I just sort of fade away. But. I’m committed to showing up and writing.
So. I think I tend to be a creature of the shadows. I’m not one to seek the limelight or clamor for recognition. I am content to work behind the scenes, in the shadows and set my colleagues or friends up for success. I like to work quietly and methodically and get things taken care of. In the shadows.
I married an extrovert, a man who has never met someone who isn’t a friend, and who becomes the life of every party he attends. I am swallowed by the long shadow he casts, and I am just fine with that. I’m much more of an introvert than I am an extrovert, and the social gatherings Sweet Husband lives for are events that drain me and leave me depleted. I hang back, listen, hover in the kitchen, have small conversations here and there, while he fills every room. It is part of why I love him – this gregarious part of his nature but it overwhelms me and I have to retreat to the shadows for respite.
We live in the shadows, Sweet Husband and I. He likes for the house to be dark – following behind me turning off lights, perfectly content to eat dinner in a room so black you can’t make out what is on your plate. His concession to me is a lamp – beside the bed or in the corner of the living room – that gives me enough light to see and leaves the rooms bathed in the dark shadows that perhaps he craves after time spent so animated.
In what ways do you play in the shadows?