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Expectations

dVerse Prosery time! Okay, okay, it was yesterday but still.  And Merril is hosting so it is very hard to resist 😉  This time, our 144 story must include the phrase:

“there is nothing behind the wall
except a space where the wind whistles”
from “Drawings By Children” by Lisel Mueller

So, I did. And here it is 🙂

She read the advertisement, considered it, then set it back down, thinking it was not realistic.  These things are never what they seem. The offer was seductive, though.  She found herself perusing it again and again, longingly.  Should she?  Why shouldn’t she?  What did she have to lose? The more the ideas swirled in her head, the more obsessed she became.  She prepared, she dreamed, she couldn’t help but get excited even as she tried to tamp it down a notch. Don’t build it up too much, silly girl! Expectations beget disappointments.  Much better to wait and see.

The day finally came!  She arrived, only to see there is nothing behind the wall except a space where the wind whistles.  What cruel trick was this?  How had she been so duped? False advertising at its best.  Why don’t you ever listen to your gut?

85 thoughts on “Expectations

    • Dear Rochelle,

      That’s how I see it. You don’t know until you try and hey, for all you know, it could have gone the other way so methinks she will be the type to try again… but then maybe do more research first 😉

      Shalom and lots honest love,

      Dale

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  1. This reminds me of all the times I was looking for rental houses while my husband was active duty army and we would have to move very quickly to another state. One time we just went ahead and rented a place from lots of pics without being there. We wanted to save time in hotels. It was a lot smaller than expected! haha! But you live and learn.

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    • Yes! Exactly that! Sometimes you don’t have time; sometimes you do but you imagine something else or decide to push aside your gut feeling.
      Live and learn. 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by!

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  2. These days, I’m the most suspicious person ever when it comes to the big-sell. The grander the claims, the more I’ll be looking to sniff out the rat. Once bitten, twice shy. Or maybe in my case, it is twice bitten, third time shy. I’ve had to work very hard at forgiveness re two particular incidence, but more often I think of the concept of karma, or reflect upon the proverb “sit quietly by the riverbank, and eventually the bodies of your enemies will float by”. I’ll enlarge on the twice-bitten incidences over face time on Thursday…

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    • I hear you, Sarah. I can’t help thinking of the money I wasted on this “fantastic” time share thing… NEVER again will I fall for that particular one!
      Ooohh… Looking forward to it.

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    • I think you are right, Björn. Sometimes we know but we still need to go out and do it.
      I’m going to say she did. But maybe the next thing will be another type 🙂

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  3. Q

    I’m not . . . wait for it . . . whistling dixie here when I tell you that you successfully transformed a piece of work from somewhat dubious (and a slight bit frightening, really) into something a bit more lighthearted in nature. The author having escaped from a Nazi regime, yikes!

    But to be duped on a property, been there. Not the end of the world, and it was always well worth the temporary unpleasantness, if only for the material it would provide me on the other side of things, LOL. You can’t worry about the try not working out. You must concern yourself with the best effects of the swim.

    And later, you learn that renting ain’t a bad alternative.

    Brava!

    B

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  4. Well, it may have been whistling at you! It may have seen you in an Art Gowns Dale pic. Whistling at pretty women is not acceptable in today’s society. So, it was using the wall as a decoy.
    Just a thought, from my very practical mind!

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