Friday, June 21, 2024

Friday Writings #132: An Elegant Sufficiency


Hello again, dear Word Weavers. How are things in your neck of the woods? Happy Solstice to you all! (Whether it's the Winter or Summer one for you.)

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Winter has well and truly arrived – and my little cat and I are both inclined to eat for warmth. I see that our bodies are getting somewhat rounder! I am having to remind myself to be a little more careful with both our diets. 

The problems of privilege, I know – remembering parental words about 'the starving children in Africa' who would have been glad of anything I didn't fancy eating all up.

However I also remember my Dad’s oft-stated opinion that one should always get up from the dining table feeling that one could eat just a little more. Healthier, he insisted.

That brought to mind an uncle who used to declare, when asked if he’d like a second helping, that he had had ‘an elegant sufficiency.’ Word nerd that I was, it always struck me as a lovely phrase, almost musical.

So, for this week’s optional prompt, please let your writing be inspired by the phrase ‘an elegant sufficiency.’ You may or may not use the phrase in your writing, as you please; and you need not have it be about food, though you can.


You may write to the prompt or ignore it.
You may share poetry or prose, new or old.
One post per person, please, 369 words maximum (excluding title).
Link to that post in Mister Linky below.

Please, if possible, read other people’s posts too and leave them some encouraging comments. Also we welcome comments below if there’s anything you’d like to say to the group or the team.

Next week,
Magaly will invite us to find inspiration in one of the following quotes:
1. “Do what we can, summer will have its flies” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~ Sam Keen

  The elegant sufficiency – or lavish feast! – I enjoyed
while out to lunch the other day.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful phrase and prompt - sorry about the link error...the second one works - thanks Jae

    1. No worries, and thanks for the heads-up. I'll alter it behind the scenes to show only the correct one.

    2. Thanks Rosemary - still learning on the tech side - Jae

    3. Ah, but I can see that you are learning well!

  2. Good day, Poets & Storytellers.
    I shouldn't be staying up so late.
    Will be back to read later. :)

    1. Ha ha, staying up later than we should is so tempting!


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