Sunday, December 12, 2010

#61 and counting (Microfiction Monday)


Well it's that time of the week again-Microfiction time. It's where our host Susan, over at the Stony River, posts a picture and we write a story about it in 140 characters or less (including spaces and punctuation.)

I'm still reeling from an incident that happened at my daughter's chorus concert so seeing the "merry" in this picture was not to be, and believe me, I tried. The thing is, each one of us will see something different in the picture, and the resulting post may depend on our mood at the time. (Plus I am still, at this moment, finishing my own laundry, so this also adds to my jaded outlook...) So, here is this week's picture and my two rather moody stories:



Mabel thought that if she could just keep smiling, she could pretend the chore at hand was fun and the weather around her foul. (129 characters)

Now, before you read my verse, rest assured that I'm not running away-the picture just reminded me of housewives of the past and how their joy out of life supposedly came from how well they kept their houses. Here's my verse:

I’ll adorn my bonnet with flowers,
And smile throughout the day,
But I’m waiting ‘til I’m brave enough,
To turn and walk away.
(128 characters)

Now if you are visiting here for the first time, why not join the meme and write your own story. (Just be sure to link up at Susan's site.) And those of you connecting from Stony River, I can't wait to read your stories!

37 comments:

  1. A bit of a mystery, a bit of a challenge! I love it! And we do have fun, don't we? Thanks for your visit, Susan! Always appreciated! Have a lovely week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Susan;

    You're right about our take on the picture each weeks depends on our mood or happenings in our lives.
    I really like both your takes, so realistic and truthful.

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  3. Hey Susan, I used to love watching my mom do her washing with the old wringer machine.

    Now I do my own with the automatic and the electric dryer. It makes for a fun day.
    ..
    It was funner still back when I was single and hung out in the laundry room at the apartments. Nobody wanted to leave!
    ..

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  4. Peggy and Sylvia-I'm hoping for more of a fun entry next week!

    Jim, for some reason I don't mind hanging laundry out on the line-it relaxes me. I also remember the old ringer machines and helped my grandmother with hers, but I don't think I ever really had fun with laundry (LOL!)

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  5. Ooooh, Susan, I like your poem! Really got my attention! I think you are right about the moods we are in when we write...good point!


    ~Jean

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  6. I hate laundry so I had a jaded perspective too

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  7. Maybe Mabel is a model for the Ivorine soap company, so she's being paid to look pretty and pretend that hand washing out in the yard is fun! Models are good at pretending.

    I like your poem--well done.

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  8. To turn and walk away...
    ah, so difficult! Nice write. :)

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  9. Nicely done Susan, Mabel sounds like the Eternal Optimist. I bet Pollyanna is one of her favorite books. Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting. A Wonderful week is wished for you

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  10. There's nothing like an optimistic approach to lighten the load!

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  11. The second one is powerful. I whole story is in that one.

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  12. Susan, I'm still having trouble reading the right half of everything you write...it goes into the blue of the bubbles and disappears. So...I can't read the first one, but the second one is brilliant!

    p.s. I'm only whining about it in case I'm not the only one. Smiles for your week. Hope it gets better than whatever happened at the concert!

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  13. Anyone who enjoyed laundry back then was a serious masochist. I remember reading how they used to make soap out of lye and pig fat or something--we don't know how good we have it. Liked both of your takes.

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  14. Aw... I like that. We still do the dreaming and wandering while we work, don't we?

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  15. I really, really like your entries!

    I'm so sorry about whatever went down with your daughter though.

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  16. Both a excellent. The second could be a story prompt. :) Well done, as always!

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  17. Your writing is never a disappointment. Every week doesn't have to have a cheerful writing theme. It's our true feelings that make writing good! :)

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  18. We both saw the 'darkness' in today's picture...loved yours! Hope you recover from your recent trauma and manage to finish the laundry...lol

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  19. Sounds like me approaching chores...grin and bear it. Good one!

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  20. She does look a little too smiley for the job in hand. Nice MM post.

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  21. Susan...
    Both your stories Rocked Baby!

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  22. Enjoyed both the one-liner and the poem.

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  23. Susan,
    Love both and they're great!

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  24. Oh these are two excellent micros
    and they contain truth girl..truth
    lovely work...

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  25. I'd turn away sharpish! LOL. Go to the top of the class!

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  26. Both good takes on the picture :)

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  27. I love both of them, Susan! You're becoming a master of microfiction!

    Have a great week.

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  28. Great writing, Susan! Love them both:)

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  29. When I was a little girl (lived in Puerto Rico), I had to wash clothes outside by hand. I don't remember ever having a smile. :) Well done with both verses.

    All the best,
    Flory

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  30. Good work! The second one especially reminds me of my Grandmother, the time period and the attitude : )
    I'm about to Pop wondering what happened at that concert!

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  31. Love the spirit of these! The second one is awesome. I loved them both. Great job Susan.

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