August 2009

Six-Sentence Story

My most recent publication is a flash fiction piece published at Six Sentences, an award-winning website. As the name implies, only six-sentence stories are chosen for publication. I've posted mine below. If you like it, visit my story here and vote for me.

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Darcy arches her back and strains over one shoulder, and then with a twist, the other. She sighs. As she faces her full-length reflection, she frowns at the flesh that brims over the elasticized band of her new pink and purple bikini bottom. Chin to chest, she pinches the paunch just beneath her bellybutton, scrunching her nose at it. Straightening up and confronting herself again, she tugs at the sides of her top. Palms flat, Darcy smoothes out the folds that wrinkle the pretty princesses, and then darts down the stairs and out the back door to join her sisters in the shallow end.

Sadly, I wish this were only fiction. The inspiration for this piece came to me after reading a short article from the online version of the Canadian magazine, Macleans, titled, "Mommy do I look fat?". It cites a study from the University of Missouri, which asserts that problems with body image can be evident in children as early as five years old. Although the media plays a tremendous role in defining what is considering attractive, the first place a child learns about self-worth is at home. If Mommy thinks she's fat (whether she is or not) and loathes her body because of it, chances are so will her daughter. Remember that young ears and eyes are listening and watching even when you think they aren't.