#AtoZChallenge: D is for Drawing the Line

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You don’t have to be a star, baby, to be in my show. 🎶

Note: This post comes from a prompt in the book 300 Writing Prompts. On a flight from Charlotte to Phoenix last June, I asked the girl in the seat next to me to choose a prompt from the book for me to write about.

AtoZ2019DWhen I finished, the topic sparked an interesting conversation I’ll never forget.

The prompt:

Are there any lines that you simply will not cross?

Yes – although I can’t promise I never have, or I never will.

I’d never wear a Raiders hat. In fact, I prefer if a player comes to the Denver Broncos from Oakland, he spends a season somewhere else – kind of like a quarantine period. Same for lakers, Dodgers, and red wings.

Although, I once wore a Dodgers cap for a few months.

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I gave Hayden the choice of the coolest bandages she needed to cover incisions after her knee surgery. She drew the line at Paw Patrol. We went more fierce.

Why’d ya do it?

I bought it at a gas station near Campbell University while I was in college, on a road trip with the UNC Charlotte volleyball team. They weren’t as hated back then. The Dodgers, not the UNC Charlotte volleyball team.

I’d wear the tar heels if one of my daughters played for the University of North Carolina. Anson Dorrance knocking at the door? That baby blue would itch, but not for long if a Pacheco wound up on their roster.

I won’t disparage my country or its leader. As a centrist who hates the turmoil of the past 10 years, I’m in favor of the principles that make our country great. Also, bald eagles, apple pie, baseball and Hope Solo.

I will not strike anyone in anger – although if you try to steal my pizza … well, still no strike, but my eyebrow will furrow.  

Plus, self-defense. (Even higher than pizza defense.)

I couldn’t swindle someone.

I won’t (usually) resort to road rage beyond the universal gesture for think!! Or shh. (Hushing an angry motorist might be worse than the middle finger, I’ve found.) I won’t do anything that would compromise my family.

The trouble with the moral due north

I won’t help someone steal, no matter how dreamy she is.

(I am prone to walk off with beer glasses and the occasional mini iron skillet from a fancy uptown restaurant which won’t be named. My moral compass goes haywire when it comes to restaurant ware.)

I won’t act out against my principles of kindness and charity, no matter what.

Unless it involves tacos. There’s always a tacos clause. Although, mostly, tacos are surrounded by kindness and charity. You can’t easily separate these elements, like trying to take the garlic salt out of the guacamole after the fact.

Anyone else ready for lunch?

I also won’t ever, ever write as a blogger but not READ as a blogger. That’s the most important part. It’s one of the things I love about the #AtoZChallenge – reading blogs I know and blogs I’ve just come to know.

Still ready for lunch.

What about you? Are there lines you wouldn’t cross?

A to Z Challenge:

A is for Almost (and also At Last)

B is for Baggett (as in Laura, the actress, and #GirlsRock interview)

C is for Cursive, Cats, and Chinese Restaurants (Go Ask Daddy about them)

katherine quote drawing the line


  1. Liam says:

    We have Paw Patrol band-aids at our house. Just yelp for help!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hayden’s youth predated Paw Patrol, so to us, it’s about the same as Peppa Pig!

  2. melanierousselfiction says:

    The tacos quote is brilliant! XD who said it?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That was all mine, Melanie! I can be quite eloquent when speaking my love language.

    2. XmasDolly says:

      Well, I’m so very sorry for not remembering you, but it has been a long while hasn’t it. Besides today is “D”. Where is that Post at??? This isn’t the one. Let me know. Bye for now

  3. Sara Strand says:

    I absolutely will not eat vegetables. I just can’t. I’ve tried, I don’t like them, if eating them means I’ll get skinny then I guess I’ll hunker down in the middle of Lane Bryant because no. I can’t and I won’t.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I feel bad eating vegetables because that’s food for other animals, you know? I sometimes at a salad on purpose – although blueberry cobbler counts as a salad, right?

      I’d rather eat happily and not get back in my size 32s than eat loads of plants and be miserable!

  4. XmasDolly says:

    Ooops, guess I was reading your Post wrong. I found the “D”! Anyway, must move on, but before I go… I draw the line to certain types of music. Yep, that’s me I’m all about music… I just cannot and refuse to listen to that punk rock or music that’s screaming at me and I don’t understand the words. How about you? Have a great day and weekend! Maybe I’ll see you for E & F THEN SUNDAY IS OUR “DAY OFF”! WOO HOO!!! Later my new friend… “old friend”????? hahahaha Have a nice lunch. I think I’ll go have some soup! hugs

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Music that is annoying … and it spreads over all genres, unfortunately! I’m safest with classical. Or classic rock, at least.

  5. Laura says:

    This is a fun one. Happy Thursday!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Laura! Down the stretch we come.

  6. Beth says:

    This is a great post! Although I find myself humming Meatloaf’s I Would Do Anything for Love but I won’t do that…what is that exactly? Anyway, I’m with you, I would never steal. I would never purposely hurt the ones I love. And I will never, ever go on a roller coaster that takes you upside down. Nope. Won’t do it.

    Now where are those tacos?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Beth! You’d run right into hell and back? haha. To me, the upside down coasters aren’t as sickening as the ones with the huge sudden drop. *gulp* 🤢

  7. my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/ says:

    Love the tacos quote. Interested to know more about the mini iron skillet! Sounds like a really cool story you tell at at a party 🙂
    Those bandages are really cool.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Taco talk is underrated. So, the mini iron skillet will make a bloggy debut soon. In short, I went to dinner with colleagues and ordered a steak and potatoes. The potatoes came in a cute little iron skillet. This cute little iron skillet happened to fit perfectly in the to-go box the server brought me. It felt like destiny at the time (and a couple of margaritas might have cast their votes.)

      I’d love to go to a party and expand upon that! haha.

      I wanted to find fierce bandages for my fierce girl. She was brave going under the knife and courageous in her comeback.

  8. Kathy G says:

    Six months ago I said I would never listen to rap music, but then the (community, volunteer-based) station I listen to put a couple of rap shows into their weekday line up and I was forced to. It’s starting to grow on me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I hoped that would be the same for me with coffee, and it’s worked. Here’s to things that grow on us and expand our horizons.

      Who is your favorite rapper? Mine is an empty KitKat wrapper. Suggestions?

      1. Kathy G says:

        HA! Actually, except for our hometown Nelly I don’t recognize any of them.

  9. Jz _ says:

    taco pizza, anyone?

    happy a-z’ing!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Here here! All the best of the alphabet to you, new friend;.

  10. You have a good moral compass, i wish everyone did.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, thanks Mimi – if we did, probably there would be less trash on the side of the road, less news in the police blotter and lower cheese prices.

  11. ksbeth says:

    I draw the line with raw onions, odd meat products, clowns, mean people, and dentists who inflict pain. other than that, I’m pretty welcoming.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I always order my Taco Bell bean burrito sans onions. I won’t eat jerky 30 days past its expiration date. I thought bad thoughts about the guy who was harrassing women outside our convention by taking pictures of them against their will. And I didn’t leave a tip for the last dentist who hurt me.

      You and I are on the same page, beth.

      1. ksbeth says:

        Thanks for getting me –

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        We have a tribe, really.

        Even if it’s a tribe of two.

  12. Hey Eli… Love this post. Sorry I haven’t been around much. School keeps me crazy and I have been taking somewhat of a sabbatical from social media (including my blog) so I haven’t been keeping up but I read this one and wanted to say something. Moral compass is something we all have and we make ethical decisions every single day of our lives. We just aren’t aware of it. In my Business Ethics class this semester, I have had quite a wake up call to things I do and say. The statistics are staggering and I won’t quote any here but suffice it to say, we are not as moral as we think we are…
    I hope you are well and Hayden is healing fast. Happy Friday! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Courtney! We’ve missed you. How’s your sabbatical? I took a sabbatical from traffic jams and green beans. Much easier to avoid the green beans.

      I feel we find our own convictions so engrained, and assume they’re so correct, and anything counter is wrong. It’s natural.

      I’m good and so is Hayden. Have a great weekend!

      1. I needed a break. Facebook is nuts.. .people are nuts. I got sick of seeing the BS and pictures I can’t UNsee.. I really wonder at people’s motives sometimes when they post stuff. What were they thinking? What did they believe would happen? WHY DO I CARE??????? Ugh..😒 I do not miss FB at all. Not sure I will get back on FB like…ever! I was rarely on Twitter and my blog has just taken a backseat lately. I will write more this summer. Right now it is crunch time. End of the year finals and a presentation in my Business Ethics class on Monday lol! Oh yeah, and I have no voice. Nothing.. nada! Have had laryngitis since Tuesday. It is allergies and I am afraid Gracie is part of the problem 😭 So hopefully it will return by then. I think my VOICE is on sabbatical!!! HA HA HA! 😅

  13. I’m definitely ready for lunch now. Too funny about your affinity for restaurant ware. I’ll admit, I also have a pint glass or two. I’m not sure about what lines I wouldn’t cross. Obviously, not the big ones like violence or crime, but my mama bear comes out when it comes to protecting my kids. Oh! I do draw the line at Adult cartoons. I think cartoons are for kids…or should be made for kids for all to enjoy. No need for swearing, violent animation for me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I am too, Shann. Putting this post together didn’t help! I think we discover our lines when we come to them. And sometimes they change. Mama Bear lines never change.

      Interesting about adult cartoons. I can handle that. Also, rice in burritos. Just no. It’s a side dish. Be respectful.

  14. XmasDolly says:

    Okay, I’ve been trying to put responses up as much as I can, but unfortunately I’m a slow reader. Also, the phone has been ringing off the hook today, but mostly SCAM! grrrrrrrrr was earlier, but now… GRRRRR! Anyway, where do I draw the line you ask? Well, there’s so many different things I can tell you, but most importantly… NO ONE messes with my kids. I may be disabled now, but watch me ROAR! Also, NO ONE messes with MY man! I play dirty then! Also, medically speaking I’m getting ready to draw the line with these doctors… long story my friend! Tooooo long of a story! Have a great weekend! Off to put more comments! hugs

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