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Standing on the threshold… #SoCS

As I knocked on her door I hear the excited barking of dogs announcing my arrival. The canine sentinels are ushered into their beds before Dr Siskin opens the door. Closing it behind her, we walk around her house to her quiet, secluded garden. A haven of tranquility. Nestled in the corner is another small building with wide patio doors. Dr Siskin opens them and invites me in. The room is beautifully decorated. There’s almost a seamless transition from garden to room. I want to go through and make myself comfortable but I stand on the threshold. Taking a deep breath I walk in slowly, takin in the beautiful pictures on the walls, the sofa with its coordinated throw, and a little wooden table holding a glass of water and a box of tissues. I know I will makes use of both over the next hour.

The departure of Cost Centre 2 on his backpacking travels to South East Asia have, for some reason, triggered a couple of flashbacks to my childhood. The most disturbing flashback features a front door being slammed shut as my mother leaves me alone, walking out on me. She was gone for hours. I thought she’d left for good because I was a bad child, failing to live up to her exacting expectations.

I will walk through Dr Siskin’s door every week until I’ve worked through this memory, removing every last bit of negative feeling. I will be whole again.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “door.” Write about a door you walked through this week that wasn’t your own. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our new SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!


Badge by J-Dub @

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

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