Emotional Protection

Prompt: Kindness


Hello Wednesday!

Today I pressed the pedestrian walk button at a busy intersection, just so the poor SUV waiting to make a left turn would not die while waiting. Was that an act of kindness? He thought so, and will go back to Texas with the impression that Canadians are kind and decent people.

Whatever we do, we represent. Whether we are white, First Nation, female, male, tall, short, Canadian, Mexican… how we behave reflects on others of the same tribe. Is that fair? No. So I pick and choose which tribes to represent and which I would rather not, and under which circumstances. I don’t care how my whiteness is interpreted— it’s too large a tribe with too many assholes. As a woman I can’t say I represent all feminists, just this one here tapping at her laptop. As a Canadian… well, I will forever help to the best of my ability any Texans who are driving around small town Canada.

May I now present a few of my favourite cartoons, the first one cynically relating to today’s self-prompt, kindness?

cartoon act of kindness

cartoon emotional protection

cartoon garlic bread

Happy Wednesday!



Hope and Promise

Prompt: Cowardice

cowardly lion

For many years, when Lily-Rose Roades watched The Wizard of Oz, she did not identify with Dorothy. She saw herself in the Cowardly Lion, the character who recognized his timidness and cowardice and sought courage from the Wizard in the Emerald City.

Lily-Rose never stood up for herself as a child. She let herself be bullied and abused. She felt rage and injustice and pain but did not fight back. She should have shouted at her father-impostor, or run away from home, or somehow been clever enough to make things right for her mother and herself.

But she never did. She was a coward. She failed. This knowledge was a large dead animal that she dragged behind her for nine years, until she met a teacher, or a teacher met her. A person who saw worth in a cowardly young girl past hope.

But what did the Wizard of Oz say to the Cowardly Lion?

As for you, my fine friend — you’re a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You’re confusing courage with wisdom!

That’s what her teacher, the Wizard of Lily-Rose Roades’ life, told her. You did what you had to to survive. And you did survive. You are here now: smart, independent, and still brave in the face of a world that tries to tear you down. I know you. I know you are worthwhile, that you matter, and that you have a lot to give this world.

Lily-Rose didn’t watch The Wizard of Oz anymore. It reminded her too much of a time when she was vulnerable and in pain. She liked watching the trailers for it, with Dorothy setting off on her quest, so bright and full of hope and promise. She understood at last, thanks to a teacher, what that felt like.

She would never, ever underestimate the power of a kind word, faith, and humanity. It is good advice for everyone.