#100WW — Almost Heaven

EEADC7C2-7BEE-4D0C-B841-7AE09C9637CF“Excuse me, ma’am, but you’re not allowed to go wading in the lake,” the bellhop yelled.

“Isn’t this the most beautiful view you have ever seen?” the woman standing in water that almost reached her knees said.

“Yes, it is beautiful,’ the man agreed. “But you can’t just walk out into the water. If you’d like, I can arrange for a paddle boat.”

“That won’t be necessary, but thank you,” she said, and continued walking into the lake.

“But ma’am,” the man objected.

“Young man,” she said. “I’m dying and this is the only way I will ever see heaven.”

(100 words)

I’m not sure how I missed this on Wednesday, but here is my post for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt.


19F123B7-39B2-4C60-9BD2-575C1FBE9069Today’s one-word prompt is “evoke.” I thought about what kinds of things, people, or events evoke difference kinds of responses in me.

And then I thought about our Moron-in-Chief, the “shithole” who currently occupies the Oval Office, and all of the negative emotions that hearing, seeing, or even just thinking about him bring to the surface of my consciousness.

So here, in no particular order, are just some of them:


Friday Fictioneers — Silk Butt

img_0418A terrifying scream came from the kitchen. Ralph ran to see what the problem was and saw his daughter cowering in a corner.

“Becky, what’s wrong?”

Becky pointed to the pendant light fixtures over the kitchen’s island.

“It’s just a spiderweb, Sweetie,” he told her.

“I hate spiders!” she said.

“You know,” Ralph said reassuringly, “spiders are marvelous engineers, just like me. Look how beautiful the web that the spider built is.”

“But you, Daddy, don’t have eight eyes and eight legs.”

“And I can’t shoot silk out of my butt like that spider can,” he said.

They both laughed.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

#JusJoJan — It Was Me

C84DCD49-EEE3-4291-9C43-2A88D9F9C773So today’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “aggravate.” What? Yesterday’s word was “humiliate” and today’s is “aggravate”? Now that’s kind of aggravating, isn’t it? Who would suggest such a word? Oh wait. It was me!

I must have been aggravated about something on December 27th when I responded to Linda’s post asking for words to use for her #JusJoJan thingie. Otherwise, why would I have suggested the word “aggravate”? I don’t recall today what is was that had aggravated me on that particular day, so it probably wasn’t really all that aggravating.

I am not easily aggravated. I think of myself as being fairly easy going and even tempered. I pride myself on being logical, rational, and reasonable. I try not to be ruled by my emotions, particularly negative or destructive emotions.

But something happened yesterday that really aggravated me. Donald Trump, in a meeting with a half a dozen members of Congress in the Oval Office, was discussing how to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

At one point during the meeting, our apparently frustrated president asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Then he added, “We should have more people from places like Norway.”

Yes, the President of the United States referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shitholes.”

So brown and black people from “shitholes” like Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa should be either sent back if they’re already in the United States, or not be permitted to immigrate to the US. But people from Norway, a predominantly white country, are welcome to come to Trump’s America to help make it great again.

This from the leader of the free world. From perhaps the most important man in the world.

If Linda had asked me today to suggest a word for #JusJoJan, I wouldn’t have suggested “aggravate.”

I would have suggested “ashamed.”

Note from Fandango: Linda’s post today said the word I proposed was “aggravation,” which is somewhat aggravating because the word I actually suggested was “aggravate.” But it’s Linda’s blog and it’s my word, so either one, “aggravate” or “aggravation,” will be fine.