better

We always have choices
Is a lie
Told to us
Sold to us
To make us feel like the hard decisions
Are made for the right reasons
Because that silver lining
Is often
The only
Highlight
Of
The
Day

We always have choices
Is a lie
Told to us
Sold to us
To keep us from reflecting too deeply
On the unjustness of reality
Because life isn’t fair
And that truth
Always hurts
More
Than
Heals

We always have choices
Is a lie
Told to us
Sold to us
To give us the merest glimpse of hope
Of a world that could be better
Because there has to be
There should be
Something
Better
Than
This

winter morning battle

In the low pre-dawn light of the street lamps, it was the noise that caught my attention rather than the movement.  An unwanted early wind brought them to life and, crab-like, the sharp edges clacking and crackling, the dead leaves skittered across the chilled concrete.  My head snapped to the sound and it took a moment to find the culprit.  The tingle down my spine indicated my thoughts had drifted away from reality.

The breeze seemed too slight for animation, but then what could have sent the leaves stalking along my path?  There must have been a source, and my mind immediately saw the tiny devils hidden below the parched shells.  Their red eyes cut through the darkness and the distance and my pace quickened to get me safely away from their clutching gaze.  The wind thwarted my efforts and pushed my tormentors behind me in time to my steps.

I tracked their progress, despite the contorted pain of swiveling my head around, to ensure they did not catch me off guard.  They stayed at bay, but, regardless, I was still assaulted by the cold, dry, air that set my skin to crawling and ravished my hands in nips and bites.  I wrung them to fling the snapping demons from my exposed flesh, but nothing could shake them loose.  They had latched on completely, their fangs gnashing down to the bone.

A primal scream bubbled below the surface, and I longed to release it into the echoing alleyway and sprint wildly into the darkness.  I longed to free myself from the last tenuous hold of sanity and relinquish my thoughts and actions to the madness within.  The wind whispered urgencies to give in to my desire.  The shadows reached for me with welcoming embraces.  The stars laughed like always.

One truth kept me tethered, kept me from washing away to complete insanity, and allowed me to safely navigate the morning.  I have always abhorred the wind.  It is my greatest enemy, and I refused to let my nemesis win.  I let the dry demons feast on my hands and the devil leaves chase behind me and I strode forward refusing to deviate from my course.

Magic Vs. Reality Tug-Of-War Results

Those crazy wonderful folks over at Daily Prompt asked: “The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?”

I didn’t want to answer right away and then remembered that we have a great resource at our disposal for answering questions like this; so, I brought it up for a Tug-Of-War resolution.

And you played along…

The winner by an absolute avalanche is “fun and harmless fiction.”

The tallies:
fun fiction – 57
pointless lying – 19

Keeping the magic of being a child alive came out of the gates strong and pulled the truth into the mud before it could even start to put up a fight.  The truth did try and pull itself out of the mud but never got enough support to manage it.  Thus proving that magic trumps truth always and forever.

I’ve known it all along.  Magic does exist!

Magic:
http://evankropp.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-post-fantasy/
http://natalieelizabethbeech.com/2013/03/08/fiction-isnt-a-liebut-maybe-youre-liars/
http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://livingywf.com/2013/03/08/toothfairy-tales/
http://rightdownmyalley.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/pixie-dust-and-elfin-tales/
http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasmagorical/
http://shireensingh.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/tooth-fairies-and-all-that-jazz/
http://sortaginger.com/these-peeps-are-making-me-dizzy/
http://minqan.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://smileyface80.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://beyondbeautytips.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/fantasy-and-happy-endings/
http://aleniaban.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/imagine-for-hope/
http://beingspecial.org/2013/03/08/fantasy_or_lying/
http://neverstationary.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/my-childhood-was-net-better/
http://linesbylinda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-lies-to-survive/
http://stuphblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/childhood-fables-yay-or-nay/
http://spunkywayfarer.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/stories-on-the-rock/
http://basicallybeyondbasic.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://findingthathappiness.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/how-my-childhood-insecurities-has-made-me-love-fantasies/
http://sharemydadsays.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/cupid-floating-over-rivers-of-sands-floods-and-gust-hear-me-hear-me/
http://thepigmentsoflife.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/a-lil-fantasy-takes-the-truth-a-long-way/
http://jaschmehl.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/mad-molly/
http://polysyllabicprofundities.com/2013/03/08/santas-not-real/
http://theloneshewolf.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/pass-the-mini-eggs/
http://jaycee68.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-lies-who-cares/
http://angloswiss.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://randomencountersoftheinquisitivemind.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/aint-nowt-wrong-with-a-bit-of-fantasy/
http://paulscribbles.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-whole-tooth-and-nothing-but-the-tooth/
http://creativemysteries.net/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-im-thankful-for-those-little-fairy-tales/
http://arayofsun.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-easter-bunny-and-other-life-characters/
http://daddysnaughtylittlegirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://zonbipurinsesu.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-tooth-fairy-sounded-kind-of-like-dad/
http://thoughtsofrkh.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/oh-come-on-let-the-kids-imagination-run-wild/
http://happymonkeyland.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/life-is-just-a-fantasy-can-you-live-this-fantasy-life/
http://ponderingspawned.com/2013/03/08/the-daily-post-fantasy/
http://mihirkamat.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-storytellers/
http://mcswhispers.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/guardians-of-fantasy/
http://klling.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompttug-of-war-fun-fiction-or-pointless-lie/
http://marysomnibus.com/2013/03/08/the-tooth-fairy/
http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/tooth-fairy-mission-impossible/
http://life-with-the-topdown.com/2013/03/09/lies-or-leverage/
http://melinarepetti.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/its-a-kind-of-magic/
http://fairyspell.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/why-would-i-lie-to-my-kids/
http://atomickaleidoscope.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/caught-in-the-middle/
http://somedayiwilllearn.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/dpchallenge-tooth-fairy-troubles/
http://nightowlgail.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dkoeker.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/horrors-of-childhood-fantasies/
http://makingitdaily.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/claire-lies-our-children-tell-us/
http://learnrunwrite.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-power-of-storytelling/
http://mikesensitivity.com/2013/03/believe-in-magic/
http://tirochelle.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dramaqueenunderthesun.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy/
http://thebloggingpath.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/#more-195534
http://thebeltanedaily.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/93-daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://nevercryoverspilledmilk.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/daily-prompt-fantasy-a-fun-and-harmless-fiction-or-a-pointless-justification-for-lying-to-children/
http://colonialist.wordpress.com/about/
http://mycookinglife.com/blogging-about-blogging/

……….

Reality:
http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/you-cant-handle-the-truth/
http://notsoprompt.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/trust-me/
http://starvingactivist.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-ho-ho-huh/
http://adityaviyer.com/2013/03/08/fantasies-when-the-truth-isnt-good-enough/
http://jacksdavie.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/one-of-lifes-dreamers/
http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-or-reality-childhood-tales/
http://myatheistblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://untilmyheartexplodes.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/darn-lies/
http://alldayrandom.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fantasy/
http://crazyasnormal.com/2013/03/08/the-one-with-santa-claus-in-march/
http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy-two-days-in-a-row/
http://lenadealmeida.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://nowwritingeveryday.com/2013/03/08/fantasy-or-lack-thereof/
http://thewritingculturist.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-easter-bunny-is-scary/
http://daydreamingagain.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/joyueux-anniversaire/
http://movingnotion.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://likereadingontrains.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/unmatched-by-any-present-daily-prompt-fantasy/
http://dianarasmussen.com/2013/03/09/happily-ever-after/
http://theimaginator.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/daily-prompt-tug-of-war-fun-or-deception/

Some of these were very hard to place properly, according to the official counter.  They did their best, but if you feel your support went behind the wrong team let us know and we will adjust the numbers accordingly.

As a clarifying example: for those who said they wouldn’t perpetuate these stories to their own children we decided that should count on the Reality side of the tug-of-war despite any other arguments for Magic they had.

Thanks for playing.  The shower for those who need to rinse the mud off is just down the hall and to the left.  There are plenty of towels.

shameless promotion

And not even of the “self” kind.

I was nominated today for the REALITY Blog Award (Real Energizing Amazing Lovely Inspiring Touching Yippee), and while I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to follow through with the required stipulations for accepting the award, I definitely wanted all of my wonderful followers to take a minute to check out the blogger that nominated me in the first place: http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/.

You won’t regret it.  You might even find yourself sticking around for more than a minute.  I usually do.

So, go forth, read, enjoy!

And thus endeth this episode of shamelss promotion.  Tune in next time for… well, probably more of the same.  That’s just the way we roll here at the matticus kingdom.