Diversity…Flash Fiction.

Mirror! Mirror!

Rosie looked into the mirror, trying to understand her complex features. Blond, blue-eyed yet coffee-toned …there was some hushed story about Grandmother or Great Grandmother coming from India. Mum always insisted that they stay out of the sun. Why? Rosie couldn’t understand. If only she’d been allowed out in the sun, she would’ve had the best tan. Gone black. Even though she was only little, Rosie knew there was some unspoken story.

Now, middle-aged, married with three of her own, she knew. Had no shame. She stood out in that sun until her skin turned black…a proud Arrernte woman.

Rowena Newton

February 17, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story of a character who is diverse. Who is this person? Does this character know, accept or reject being perceived as different? As writers, consider how we break stereotypes. Tell you own story of “otherness” if you feel compelled. Or, select a story of diversity, such as rainbows revealing gold. How is diversity needed? How is your character needed?

Respond by February 23, 2016 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

8 thoughts on “Diversity…Flash Fiction.

  1. Charli Mills

    Great opening line — something we all do at some point, to understand where we come from, wanting to connect how we look with how we feel. Rosie grew into it.

  2. plaguedparents

    Identity and family mystery — both a complex thing. But to one day see the self deeply, truly now that is diversity beyond measure. Very nicely done.

  3. roweeee Post author

    Thank you very much. I have a few Indigenous friends who grew up being told they had Indian heritage and to stay out of the sun to make their skin as white as possible. It’s a real disgrace that people grew up feeling they had to do that but so good that things have improved and they’ve been able to embrace their whole identity.
    These days I have a bit of a complex time looking in the mirror as I’m aging. I often see my great grandmother looking back at me as we look quite similar. That’s quite intriguing as well.

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  5. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

    I think everyone wants to know understand where they come from, their history. I think we also have a great desire to know who we are right now and what our potential might be. Understanding the Self is a great journey.
    Thanks for joining the #1000Speak celebration this month!

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