This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:
Semi-colons gone wild!
Beauty and the Thieves
The girl sat down next to her mother who was warming herself by the fire, despondent because she was not so attractive that the young men would take notice.
"I don't want to end up like her," she said, pointing out an old woman sitting by herself making baskets.
"Do not be so quick to judge her lot as she has been weaving her colored reeds many times longer than you have been alive not only to pay her way through life, but because she finds great pleasure in making the world a more pleasing place for others, even for those who will come long after."
"What makes that so important?"
"To have beauty is fortunate, but it can never be guarded so carefully that time cannot steal it away; to admire beauty is natural, but obsession and envy are thieves of your mind's pure thoughts; to create beauty, however, is to have everlasting joy that no one can take away."
Image "Hopi woman weaving a basket, ca. 1900" / National Arcives - Online Public Access
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