Comparison-Contrast Writing 101 Day 7

Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else.

Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue. You can create a strong opposition between the two speakers — a lovers’ quarrel or a fierce political debate, for example. Or you could aim to highlight the difference in tone and style between the two different speakers — your call! — Michelle Weber/WordPress University

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My grandmothers were both wonderful women yet they were almost as different as night and day. Because of this, I am using them as a comparison and contrast in a discussion.

“Well, you don’t have much culture about you,” Grandmother H. chimed, “Your just an old farm woman and uneducated on top of that.” She was proud of the fact that she managed to get her teaching degree while she had 4 young children.

“Yes, that’s right. I am an old farm woman because I was raised on a farm and I’m proud of that,” Grandmother G responded, “but I don’t know what you mean I don’t have culture. I have culture.” She added. She wasn’t a woman to apologize for being a country woman. She was comfortable in her own skin, and that’s what mattered.

“The only culture you have is the culture you get from milk after milking cows,” Grandmother H argued. “Culture is something you get from being educated and learning about the arts, such as oil painting, playing music, going to plays.” My Grandmother H reveled in the fact that she was an artist as well as a teacher and a world traveler. She had a little more pride than necessary.

“I play music,” replied Grandmother G. “I play ragtime music for barn dances and that’s all the culture I need.” Grandmother G. taught herself to play music and played it entirely by ear. When she got on the piano and played her ragtime music, everything in the living room would rock as though they were dancing along with the music.

“You smoke and you drink alcohol and no respectful woman would do either of those vices,” huffed Grandmother H. Grandmother H was a little “prudish” and judgmental regarding smoking and drinking and felt it was beneath her to do such a thing.

“Yes I do. I smoke cigarettes but I don’t inhale them (the truth) and every once in a while I enjoy a cold beer.” Grandmother G said in defense to Grandmother H’s accusations. Then she added, “I may not go to plays but I go fishing, and I get all the education I need while I’m fishing.” Grandmother G. was an avid fisherman. She loved to fish. Every summer she would have a huge fish fry and all of her family and friends were invited and asked to bring a potluck dish. It was always a huge summer celebration.

“Oh phooey. That’s hogwash.” Grandmother H hissed, then added, “My grandchildren want to spend most of the time with you and that’s just not right.” This is true. Even though I loved my Grandmother H, I did prefer to stay with my Grandmother G. She was my rock and loved me unconditionally. She was a simple, good hearted country woman.

“The reason they want to stay with me is because I don’t have a fancy house that they have to be careful not to break anything.” Then she tenderly added, “And, because you teach school all week and I’m just an old woman homemaker, so of course they will see me more because you work.” This just stands to reason.

“Yes, I do. And I’m proud of it too. And I travel during the summer months because there is so much of the world I want to see.” Grandmother H admitted. Every summer Grandmother H would go on trips and 90% of the time she would take my sister with her because she didn’t want to take just me or both of us at the same time.

“PJ says when she goes to your house you make her sit down and write because you don’t want her getting into anything.” replied Grandmother G. “What does that tell a child about your relationship with her?” This is true. The few times that my Grandmother H had me stay with her I felt as though she put me in the corner with a piece of paper and pencil, told me to write, and then she would go and do her own thing.

“Well, that’s because I don’t like keeping PJ as much as I do her sister. PJ gets into things.”

“You never cook a meal for them,” Grandmother G purred, “And there is love in making a meal.” My Grandmother H. hated cooking. I only remember having one meal in her home and it wasn’t that good.

“That’s because I don’t like to cook and I don’t cook for myself either.” Grandmother H grumbled.

Grandmother G looked lovingly at Grandmother H, filled her coffee cup with fresh coffee and reasoned, “If you want to get love out of something you’ve got to put love in.”

Grandmother H was at a loss for words and quietly drank her coffee.

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I stayed as close to my Grandmother G’s apron as I could and as often as I could because I dearly loved that woman. My Grandmother H would take my sister with her during her summer travels while my Grandmother G would take me with her.

If there was one thing I could tell my Grandmother H right now, it would be, “You never saw the good in me Grandmother H, and Grandmother G never saw the bad.”

 

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48 thoughts on “Comparison-Contrast Writing 101 Day 7

  1. I adored the dialogue! ‘If you want love out of something, you need to put love in’. How true, and I am going to live by this now. Another thing, when you talk about your grandmothers, you also tell us where and why you felt loved. This is excellent education for me. My children are still young and I would remember that they have a perspective too.

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I am so glad that it can give you a point of view that will help you in raising your children and also someday, your grandchildren. Again, thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

  2. What a great dialogue between two different perspectives. Funny because I got sent to the city with my dad’s mother and my sister got sent to the farm with mom’s and we always wanted to be at the other grandmother’s. I am not city and my sister is.

  3. That was very well written PJ. Your two grandmothers are total opposites aren’t they! It sounds like you and Grandmother G had a special bond and you that you had a great time visiting with her as a kid.

  4. PJ, The dialogues brought out the differences between two characters- stark as day and night.

    The only ‘feeling’ I got was that the dialogue was not real. Maybe it is and I haven’t heard two in-laws talk so civily about their differences especially when grandmother H starts off with attacks on what ‘G’ lacks ..I expect grandmother G to be a little defensive…again maybe she is an evolved soul and I haven’t met one in person.

  5. Oh PJ – the last line….. goosebumps on my entire body…. Thank God for Grandma G. I guess the world needs Grandma H’s too – but I love the G’s best 🙂

  6. These are two characters who are really complete opposites. Great job, PJ!!
    It was enjoyable to read. The moral of story at the end was delightful as well. I think I want to try including morals in my future stories too! 😀

  7. Great dialogue, Joy, and so well written. While it isn’t necessarily a ‘real’ conversation, I think you did an excellent job at showing the contrast of characters and, of course, how you viewed them. Grandma G sounds an amazing woman. I loved how you ended it re seeing the the good/bad in you. Nice job 🙂

    • Thank you Cat! This was hard for me to do because it was almost impossible for me to imagine them in this type of dialogue, but that was our assignment so I did the best I could. Grandmother G truly was an amazing woman. Everyone that knew her (adults) called her Mamma G. and kids called her Grandmother. That was how she was to everyone. I still miss her like crazy.

  8. Well, there was no need to worry about write the dialogue. You wrote a very beautiful and deeply meaningful piece. I loved it. Grandmother G was a very wise woman. No wonder why you loved her.

    • Thank you Lucille. She was a very special lady. Back in her day, the farm girls only went to school up to the 8th grade, so she wasn’t well educated but she was very wise.

      • You’re welcome, Priceless Joy.
        She may have not had formal education but she proved to be very smart, talented, and also possessed a tremendous sensitivity and in depth knowledge of the human nature. One does not need a school for that.
        I’d have loved a grandma like yours!

  9. Grandmother G sounds like a hoot! I had a Grandma that was a lot like her, except she dipped snuff instead of smoked. Unfortunately, I did not get to spend much time with her before she passed. Loved the dialogue, even if it wasn’t real!

  10. Oh this was SO good on a million levels! How cool that you knew both grandmothers in order to even make the comparison!

    Loved it

    e

  11. “If you want to get love out of something you’ve got to put love in.”
    Such inspirational words to live by 🙂 ❤
    And I absolutely loved how after each dialogue you described the reason behind them saying it and gave a glimpse into each of their personalities and perceptions 🙂 Fascinating!!
    Both of them seem such wonderful women ❤

    • Thank you so much A.B. I had one person tell me the story would have been better if I had taken all the “additional information” out of it. I’m glad you liked it with them in. They were both very special women. My grandmothers would never have had that conversation, but I did it for the compare and contrast effect. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. 🙂

  12. This is so well written, you created an image in my head of both your grandmothers and I could feel the emotions of each woman as well as yourself. You drew me into the conversation and kept my interest thru the whole piece. I really liked it alot!

  13. Loved the ending! It’s so true, “If you want love out of something, you need to put love in.” We all should think that way and maybe we will all put more love into this world than hate. Great comparison and contrast PJ! 🙂

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