Monday, April 18, 2016

My Only Choice - The A to Z Challenge - The Letter O

Blogging from A to Z Challenge
April 2016
This month I will be participating in the “Blogging from A-Z Challenge” 
What is it?

Blogging every day.  It begins on April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until I finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.   The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

This first part is a fictional piece.

"It's my only choice," he said.  
I closed my eyes and shook my head.
Ugh!  I wanted to scream at him, "Do you know what the word choice means?"
But I didn't scream.
I took a deep breath and counted to ten, as I slowly exhaled the air out of my O-shaped lips. 
"Sweetie, are you saying that you've made a decision?  Is that what you're telling me?"
He looked at me, his brow furrowed, puzzled I suppose, wondering why I would be asking that question.
"Ma, like I said it's my only choice."
Trying to maintain my composure, I said, "Honey, I thought after our talk last night you were going to be giving each of your options more serious consideration. 
"Ma, come on don't give me a hard time about this, okay?"  he said softly. 
I could feel the heat of a flush as it crept up from my neck, then to my face, warming my cheeks.   
I pushed my fingers up under my glasses and pressed them into my eyes.  I turned away. I didn't want him to see me cry. 

When I was trying to think of a post for the letter O I thought of the word oxymoron.  The results of my google search led me to a website of Oxymorons

I know this isn't necessary but just in case:

"An Oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words, such as 'Cruel Kindness' or 'Jumbo Shrimp' (Jumbo means 'large' while Shrimp means 'small').
An oxymoron term is a literary figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory words, phrases, terms or ideas are combined to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means." 

The Web site has many different lists including an alphabetical one.  

Because today's letter is O, I selected the O list.  From that list, I chose "only choice". 

I've found the website to be an awful good resource for writing prompts.

Do you ever speak oxymoronically?


  1. Now I am curious what his only choice was that made his mother cry.

    I think I have spoken a lot (and often) oxymoronically :)


    1. I probably do also, but am not aware of it most of the time.

  2. Haha! What was this "only choice"??? Yes, I find myself using oxymorons in speech and it annoys the crap out of me.

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    1. At this point, I'm waiting for Mom or son to tell me. :)

  3. I like oxymorons. I even like the word oxymoron.

  4. I think we all do, from time to time. Unintentionally. I'm just wondering what his "only" choice was.

    1. When I read the lists of them I realized that there a few that I use.

  5. I am sure that I speak like this more than I am aware. I never much gave any thought to the phrase, "it is my only choice". Now I will!!

    1. I am sure I've said that phrase a lot of times, never thought about much either.

  6. The little fiction piece packs a powerful punch. And I am always on the lookout for my own speech and everyone else's. Word geek habit from way back. :)

    1. Thank you. I will be more aware now of oxymorons.

  7. Excellent piece. I'm intrigued!!

    I love oxymorons. I'll have to check out the site.

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    1. Thanks!
      Yes the site is a good writing resource.