100 Words / Prompt: Honor
Note: My first attempt, therefore, somewhat utilitarian in order to get a feel for the constraints of exactly 100 words. It will be interesting to see how familiarity may breed freedom of expression.
February 3, 2011 / Prompt: Honor
My dog’s chance at having an off-leash area developed within our local community park was derailed by a small group who felt this would be disrespectful to Martin Luther King, the park’s namesake. While I feel their protest was misguided, their reasoning antiquated and their emotional rhetoric ludicrous (comparing pets to attack dogs used against protesters in the Sixties, really?), ultimately, dropping the plan was the correct decision. Promoting inclusive, diverse usage of a community park would in no way have been disrespectful to Dr. King, but honoring the genuinely painful memories of a group of civic warriors trumps all.