|tick tick tick tick|
I receive daily writing prompts in my inbox. I go through streaks of using them, when they intrigue me and dry spells when the ideas bore me.
A recent one that pricked my writing reverie was “write a list of things that tick;” quite different from things that tick me off. Honestly, there are days that list would be a catalog. No, this one was simply things that tick.
I interpreted that as a sound - a clicking or rhythmic beat; and even took it a step further with a check mark indicating something is done. I avoided the pesky blood-sucking insect that latches itself to you while hiking in the summer.
A few of the words and phrases that I wrote on my list
pocket watch alarm clock time bomb my eye when I’m stressed creepy working to clean the pool a metronome high heels on a concrete floor Dorothy’s ruby slippers crosswalk signs a card placed in bicycle spokes
All of items and actions denote a beat, a measure of time or an accomplishment. How many ticks and checks do I need before I’m ticked off or calmed down? Face it, some ticks drone on; annoying, while others are lovely repetitive reminders.
Ticks create a cadence to our lives. Just think about a quickly tapped pencil. Sounds like impatience or frustration. In contrast, the slow precision of a clock ticking sets a peaceful tone in the quiet of the night.
I have ticks that tick me off, occasionally ticks in my eye and fortunately no ticks on my body. I see them all as a necessary part of my life tempo. They keep me steady and set my pace. When there’s a lot to do, my ticking is rapid. (Can you hear my heels clickety clicking?) Then comes those much anticipated moments when the pulse is slow, like a long weekend away at a cabin on a lake. (That’s coming in a couple of weeks.)
If I had given you the prompt to write a list of ticks…what would you have written?
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