Prompt of the day via Daily Prompt: Territory.
“It comes with the territory” we say sometimes. Referring to doing something you HAVE to do, or knowing something you KNOW, because it’s part of who you are.
Example of “it comes with the territory” is me being a Butch lesbian and being seen with me getting you automatically “out-ed” as being lesbian too. Yes, it comes with the territory alright. Just like getting heckled, and harassed sometimes comes with the territory of being LGBT as well.
Your personal home territory is something you know; something you are familiar with and comfortable being in. I like my space around me, it’s my territory. I am fiercely protective of my territory, staking it out and guarding it always.
Unfamiliar or “uncharted territory” would be that space you are not familiar with; where you don’t have experience, thus you are “walking into uncharted territory” so to speak when you first encounter it. Example would be me trying to give a lecture or write a piece on childbirth, for me that is “uncharted territory” as I have absolutely no experience in it at all.
We “mark our territory” in a vast number of ways. We write our names on things, like putting our names on the mailbox when we first move in is our first “mark” on the territory that we will then call home. We reach out and touch things, arrange them the way WE want them in another act of marking our territory. We put up signs, post reminders, leave notes and file complaints to guard our territory.
We refer to our territories as “my” or “mine”. As in “my yard” or “my area of expertise”. “The house is mine” or “The deal is mine.” Taking ownership of our territory as we see it as rightfully owned by us. This is called being “territorial”.
This blog is MY territory. It’s a space where I put down my thoughts, reactions, emotions and explanations. It’s MINE to do with as I please. And I am VERY territorial about it.
I thought his Daily Prompt word was a good one today, sort of a fun exercise. Of course, my explanations of the word are from more of my personal use of it. I am not being overly technical or using the dictionary definition.
Thanks for visiting my blog and reading me today. I appreciate your visit and invite you to hit the like button and also leave me a quick comment about what you did today – it was a “snow day” here in southern Maine, snowed in and just hunkered down chillin all day. It afforded me time to do a lot of indoor household chores like cleaning out the fridge and pantry – something you don’t necessarily do every week. I got a lot of those little things done today.
Peace. And be kind…it counts! ~MB
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