Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Walls


I suppose that we all build walls; sometimes to protect us from harm, or to shield us from repeating a pain from the past.  That self-imposed barrier will often keep people away that might enrich our lives.   Also, the barriers that we build for ourselves are imposed on others and hurt them too.  We see this in Pages in the Wind, when Emily realizes that she failed to reach a breakthrough in communication with her mother.


Pulling into the garage, the reality of the depressing morning was starting to get to me.  I needed space from her, and the sad revelation that there wasn't going to be a breakthrough in our relationship.  It was heartbreaking to know that someone that I desperately needed - didn't need me.  The barrier that I hoped would tumble when we talked about Penelope - was still standing tall.  Something told me that I would never be able to reach the top, and if I did - she would only add more bricks to keep me away.


The wall around Emily's mother is exactly that - a wall of despair - and one that she has transferred to her daughter.  The thing with walls is that if they can keep away the bad, they can also keep away the good.  This wall plays an important role in Emily's development, and the events that follow.

11 comments:

  1. Those walls or barriers certainly do keep people away and fear does some damaging things. I've seen this in my life too. Nice post and great blog. I'm following now.

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  2. Cynthia Jean ThompsonFebruary 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I certainly get the concept of walls and I build them too. I like what you said about walls keeping both the good and bad away. Thats something I never thought about. Love your writing and your blog. I hope your book comes out soon as I would love to read it!

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  3. You've created a great story here and the characters are so interesting. I look forward to the book! I want to read a lot more!!!!

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  4. I love this and have similar threads running through my new novel. Thanks for sharing that snippet.

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  5. Lovely blog and interesting take on these issues. I identify with your characters and I especially like the character of the mother. She reminds me of my own, I think I'll have her read your blog! Great work.

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  6. I love the way you write, and the story is compelling. I look forward to your book when its done. Nice job!

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  7. Well this is the first post I read. The story seems interesting. Even though this is what I read first, I was able to grasp the circumstances in the relationship with Emily and her mother. "It was heartbreaking to know that someone that I desperately needed - didn't need me. " I recently have come to terms with, if a girl and her mother never establishes a connection, she may struggle with her connections with women for the rest of her life. I thought these two things were possibly relative.

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  8. I think I have the opposite problem. Instead of building walls, I tear too many down and open myself up to trespassers.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  9. Ooh that sounds good! I understand the wall part only too well.

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  10. Love the wall post and how true that is my own life. Like Joyce above, I tend to tear them down and let people in that are not good for me. Great post and thoughtful

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