Lost

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Just two blocks from the theater district and the world had changed.

The city had always frightened Kim.  She would never think of straying beyond her comfort zone, but here she was.

Robert had dropped her for the matinée in front of the Wang, not the Colonial. She had never walked there, but was it really that hard?

“Ma’am, wait, hold on…”

Kim barged forward to escape the dark face calling to her.

She didn’t see it until too late.

Now when she visits the city, Kim makes sure she spends time in “her neighborhood” with the “world’s friendliest people”.

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I drew a blank at first, but the photo reminded me of a section of Boston close to the theater district. It is an area that someone from a rich suburb who never visits the city might find scary, though it isn’t at all, and few spots int he city are scary during the day… So, a little story about the breaking of unfair biases…

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word count = 100

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27 thoughts on “Lost

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The awareness part is the most important part, and I think it is painful for most of us when we realize we were thinking through those filters of prejudice, if not quite the physical pain she felt.

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  1. granonine

    Trent, I had to go back and read it again to get the full impact. It speaks well to what I perceive as an atmosphere of fear that seems to be pervading us all these days. Thought provoking.

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  2. msjadeli

    Good story and educational. Different always takes an adjustment. Add in media-conditioned biases, as you call them, and it puts up a big barrier to full enjoyment of the world. Speaking of Boston, I’m almost done with Season 1 of Showtime’s, “City on a Hill,” which is set in Boston. It focuses mostly on working class neighborhoods and families, but it also speaks to communities unifying with a common cause of making it better for everyone.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! We do get conditioned to fear people poorer than us or (superficially) different from us. Hopefully knowledge, getting to actually know the places and people help. I have heard of the show but know almost nothing about it and haven’t seen any episodes. I do like Boston a lot, in all of its different neighborhoods.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure a move like that would be very scary at first. Very funny, a niece moved from a small town far from the city to that same neighborhood I described when she was 17, and actually used the phrase “I feel like a fish in water,” to describe how much she loved the move.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I haven’t spent much time there (I have spent a lot of time in it’s neighboring city…). I do enjoy being in the city, and have found that when told to stay away from some sections, it says more about the people saying that then the section of town itself…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Some places are a nightmare to visit, but on the other hand, some people go in with the attitude that sections of town that are a bit poorer are a nightmare, while in reality not being too bad as seen from the eyes of people who know them well.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A very narrow view, and I was thinking of lost in that way when I decided on a title. On the other hand, I was thinking that one of those people she was afraid of rushed to her rescue, thus perhaps opening that mind a little…

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