Times Are Tough

BF030125-CF55-4723-BFF8-9CDCAF51C5CA“Look at that guy over there,” Sarah said, pointing to a man braced up against the lamppost.

“You mean that bum?” Jeff said. “He’s just some lazy, drunk guy.”

“Maybe we should give him some money, honey,” Sarah said. “He may be hungry.”

“No way, Sarah,” Jeff objected. “I’d anticipate he’d spend any money we gave him on booze.”

“You don’t know that, Jeff,” Sarah said. “Times are tough and he may have had a stretch of bad luck. Remember when you got laid off a few years back?”

“Let me be abundantly clear, Sarah,” Jeff said. “When I got laid off I didn’t spend my days drinking cheap wine and leaning up against a lamppost. And within six months I had a better job than the one I got laid off from.”

“That’s true, honey,” Sarah admitted. “But you did vacillate between depression and optimism during that time period. And you did accept that $20,000 loan from my father to tide us over.”

“Fine,” Jeff said. “You are such a bleeding heart.” He reached into his wallet and handed his wife a hundred dollar bill. “Here,” he said. “Go ahead and make his day.”

“A hundred dollars? Are you nuts?” Sarah said. I was thinking more like five dollars for a sandwich.”


Written for these daily prompt words: Ragtag Daily Prompt (brace), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lamppost), Scotts Daily Prompt (lazy), Daily Addictions (anticipate), Your Daily Word Prompt (abundant), and Word of the Day Challenge (vacillate). Lamppost drawing by David Claypoole Johnston.

11 thoughts on “Times Are Tough

    • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Lamppost has been a good prompt.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 9:37 pm

        Thanks. I wasn’t sure how it would go over.

        Like

  1. Marilyn Armstrong October 4, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    I’ll take the $100. My front door knob is falling off and that might buy me a nice one. Or, i could just hang it on the lamppost.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pensitivity101 October 5, 2018 / 3:37 am

    IMO Jeff was a bit flash with the cash……… arrogant ass! I’m with the wife and five bucks for coffee and a sandwich.

    Liked by 1 person

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