The Least She Could Do

She apologized. It was the least she could do. But she felt guilty. She wanted to do more. She decided to put her money where her mouth was and donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood. While it was a great idea, it simply made the people who were offended by her even angrier.

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “the least s/he could do.” Thanks to naomidagenbloom for the prompt.


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “The Least She Could Do”

  1. It was a bright morning, barely 10 minute after sunrise. It was my first visit to Jerusalem and the streets were empty except for a young woman, quite beautiful begging by the ancient gate. I wondered as I passed her not contributing to her empty basket what was her story. Many hours later I passed through the same gate and there she was. This time I emptied my pockets and added to the one small coin. It was the least I could do.

  2. She believed that the least she could do was one small good thing a day. Since a child she had always enjoyed trying to bring a smile or a laugh to someone’s day. It was fascinating that the few times that others who appeared to be very cold and standoffish would eventually smile and become friendly after numerous attempts by her to break through their protective shields. She just never gave up trying. It didn’t cost a thing but a little effort and it was so rewarding. Particularly in these trying political times when countries seem topsy-turvy and we’re highly stressed it’s nice to try and do one small good thing a day. It was the least she could do and the least you could do.

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