On February 3, 2021, P.T. Wyant posted at ptwyant.com a Wednesday Words prompt involving a strand of pearls, an argument, and a mother-in-law.
Many stereotypes and tropes came to me which I decided to resist, writing this letter instead which teases my imagination with a potential story…
Forgive this impertinence in writing to you while you are with your Former Sisters in meditative retreat, but your pearls are causing quite the stir. Our mother-in-law asked me to contact you and you know he’d never do this if it wasn’t a grave matter.
Cousin Mildred insists that they belong to him. He said you yourself gave them to him, saying each pearl was a nugget of wisdom. Meditate upon it and you shall gain clarity and steadiness in how to act. Considering how irrational Mildred got when he arranged an exhibition for Dave’s Pearl of the Sea series of paintings, I can see why you might do this.
The problem is Dave says you gave the pearls to her. They were part of her commission for executing the Pearl of the Sea in the first place and a major source of inspiration while working on them. Since both our mother-in-law and myself take inspiration with a religious seriousness, we can’t dismiss Dave’s claim.
I beg you to settle this matter. Whom did you give the pearls to, Cousin Mildred or Dave? Send a sign to show whom you favor with this earthly object.
Your Obedient Kinsman,