First, we had to write about envy. Fine. Envy I could do. The following week, gluttony. Apparently both topics were related. Seven Deadly Sins. But gluttony I don’t know from and I really struggled with that post. Which brings us to this week.
Another week, another deadly sin. Why not?
For this week’s prompt, let’s talk about sloth. Emotional or spiritual apathy. It’s not doing what we think we should. It is closer to apathy than it is to simply being lazy. It is putting your kids in front of the TV instead of playing with them, for instance.
I found this quote – I believe from Samuel Beckett – that I love for this prompt: “Sloth is all passions the most powerful.”
First of all, putting one’s kids in front of the television instead of playing with them presumes that
I one had any intention of playing with them in the first place. Next, sometimes putting them in front of the television is the only way that I one can make dinner.
My own issues aside, I thought sloth was a noun. I also thought that it was an animated character. My good friend, JaneTheWriter, thought so as well.
A favourite Go, Diego, Go! episode in our house features Sammy the Sloth, who seeks Diego’s assistance in rescuing a mama sloth and her baby..
Sammy is a bit on the slow side. No, not that kind of slow. Let’s just say that Sammy moves with little speed. Rather than see this physical limitation as a negative, the storyline highlights the slow speed of Sammy’s movement as saving him from a few harpy eagles.
As it turns out, there is more to sloth than a cute furry marsupial. But I don’t want to write about it. Because I just don’t care.
Which, as it turns out, is sloth. I think.
Red Writing Hood is a writing meme. This week’s word count was 600 words or fewer. My reluctantly-written submission was well under that. As always, constructive criticism is appreciated.