I’d Rather Take the Elevator

It’s said there are seven steps (or maybe just five, if we’re being efficient about it) and I walk them like a familiar boulevard.

Loitering under the awning of denial, keeping myself from crossing the street to the dressed- up windows of bargaining; I hold bags in one hand, my hope in the other and stroll down the cobblestones eager to hear the tell-tale jingle on the door of acceptance pierce the air.

I used to think of this journey as a flight of stairs, leading me up to the light, but maybe Springsteen said it best after all, “one step up and two steps back.”

Eventually I’ll get there.


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Velvet, you’re on my mind and in my heart. I am sorry for your loss.

This week’s  100 Word Challenge prompt is Stairs.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. And oh GOD isn’t it awful when the fucking elevator is out of order and you have no choice but to stumble up those damned steps, falling backwards even as you climb?
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  2. I love this. It is how it goes and feels when forced to take the steps…especially if there are many before you reach the top…two forward and what feels like 10 back because you still have such a long way to go. 😀
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  3. This is why I don’t like stairs. You captured that hesitancy and frustration of moving forward in life so well.
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  4. I like the metaphor! Your wording is so beautiful and elegant :)
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  5. Ugh!!!! I feel this way more often than I care to ponder. My mind thinks “one step forward, two steps back” almost daily. My life feels this way. Your words are exactly how it feels!!!

  6. ZI want to write like Lemony Snicket. Or you. Either one is fine by me.
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  7. Maybe the journey follows the natural flow, with hills and valleys, turns and twists. I think that occasionally we reach the top, only to find a higher hill in the distance. Does that make sense? This was insightful, my friend!
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