Today´s prompt, Curve Balls, goes like this:
When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it?
This wasn´t the last time I was completely stumped – but it was a situation that I´ve sorta dreaded, and one I´ll have to deal with, perhaps many more times.
It was my lovely little nephew who noticed my self-inflicted scars. We were sitting on the couch and he was stroking my arm carefully with his little fingers. And with a 4 year old´s curiosity and attention to everything, he of course wanted to know what this was.
I actually don´t remember what I said to him. I seem to remember telling him that they were scars. And kinda left it there. Distract, ask about his wounded knee and latest cartoon band-aid, give him a hug.
This – of course – is something that I will face again, and I´m trying to figure out what to say when/ if people ask. So, still a bit stumped – but getting there. Trying to find a way to say to various people and age groups that I did this to myself, without giving too much away.
You learn that different people need a different response.