A Shocking Array


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. 


Electric shock.  A shock of surprise. A shocking development. Shocking news. Going into shock.  A shock of blond hair.  Shock and awe.


Say the word shock ten times, fast, and you’ll be laughing.

You can shock someone with unexpected news, making them very upset or very elated.

Sometimes  I have felt the shock of a mild earthquake.  Since I grew up in the midwest, where earthquakes hardly ever happen, I had no idea what was going on when I experienced my first one in Portland, Oregon, when I was 12 or 13.  Yeah, that was a bit shocking.

You can turn white from shock, as the blood drains from your face.  Why doesn’t the blood drain from your feet, upward?  I guess that wouldn’t be draining, which carries the sense of down, not up. Still.

My kids used to think it was fun to slide across the carpet in the winter and then touch each other, creating a spark of shock.

Of course, falling in love can create a spark of shock, too, but of a totally different nature.

I think I’ve about worn out my options, so I’ll stop.



5 thoughts on “A Shocking Array

  1. anie

    oh what an extreme feeling, this call. Is there shock that pleases? A lottery win is that a shock? I associate shock with something very negative. Also, I can not place in love with shock. Very exciting! Abd the picture is the best!

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    1. Yes, there are certainly good shocks. Like telling your parents they are about to become grandparents; announcing a promotion, graduation, engagement, all of it. We tend to use the word “surprise,” using “shock” for something more negative.

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  2. Ok, you know I can’t resist this considering my former last name… When Brian and I were married, I was in the hospital after just having had Samuel. My dad, known for his corny sense of humor, got tremendous pleasure from telling everyone who asked him how I was, “She’s fine, she just had a little shock!”

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