My stories don't always make my mother cry.
Before she mentioned that my very sad contemporary romance made her cry, Mom told me on the phone that there were several parts where she laughed.
I think I scratched my head. Paced my kitchen. Lost focus on how I should respond. Desperately tried to think of what part of that story could have possibly been funny. I threw out different scenes that were lighter in nature. I tried to dig for information as if I hadn't just been completely befuddled by her comment.
Here's a sentence that made my mother laugh:
Greg Seaward grabbed at the contract from across their table at Denny’s, his sausage fingers quick to flip through the folder in search of Alec’s check.
Apparently the description reminded her of what a melodramatic child I'd been.
Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone you don't want to look like? Have you ever had a contest judge or reader give you a comment that left you puzzled? Were you able to use the opinion to your advantage?