The After Party

85805896-FAE1-490B-B04A-D770A5B70B4F“I think Mom would have loved for us to have a huge party in Dad’s honor,” Eric said. “You know how fun loving Dad was. He would party hardy, howl like a werewolf, munch on all the hors d’oeuvres, and then plop down on the couch and zonk out.”

“A party? Are you kidding. Dad’s funeral was just yesterday. I still have a lump in my throat,” Erica said.

“Hey, a lot of people throw parties following a loved one’s funeral,” Eric said.

“Mom would never have approved of some beer bash party that you’re talking about. She was all into glam and glamour, not beer pong.”

“See, that’s the difference between you and me, Erica,” Eric said. “I inherited Dad’s fun-loving genes. Whose genes did you inherit?”

“I inherited Mom’s take-charge genes,” Erica said, “And if you insist on having your stupid after-funeral party, them move over, brother, because it’s time for Erica to get behind the wheel.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix — Sound Bite with the three onomatopoeia words: howl, munch, and plop. Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where I used two of her three words: party, lump, and crossbow. And for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (following), Your Daily Word Prompt (glamour), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inherit), and The Daily Spur (wheel).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Idyll Idle Idol

3456B6F7-359C-4A58-875D-8698440966E7He was a teacher, an educator, and a philosopher. As a young man, long before my birth, he bought a few acres of land in a country idyll in Vermont. There he built a log cabin with his own hands and at which he would retreat from the city life and spend his idle time in the summers painting landscapes of the lush, verdant hills and crystal blue lake waters of the Green Mountain State.

He’s gone now, but my grandfather was my idol.

(Exactly 84 words)


94F3A42D-5DBA-4419-9A46-A58AD6C6AABBWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “idyll” in exactly 84 words. Also for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt (verdant).

SoCS — No Lack of Options

3BA9B1F3-0E9D-4B9E-AAE9-D7EDC49C0123For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill instructed us to “pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it.”

These instructions for me are easier said than done. You see, the truth is that these days, the only books I read are ebooks on my Kindle app for my iPhone. Thus, picking up my iPhone, going to my Kindle app, closing my eyes, selecting and opening an ebook, and placing my finger on a word or a phrase on a page in that ebook is pretty close to impossible.

2B8F3844-9CD3-4E49-B615-22478763AC8DThe good news, though, is that my wife is reading a physical book, The View From Flyover Country, by Sarah Kendzior. So I reached over to my wife’s side of the bed, grabbed the book, closed my eyes, opened up the book, and placed my finger on a random page. When I opened my eyes, I saw that my finger was either pointing to the phrase, “Being a responsible parent means” or a section header that says, “Lack of Options.” I suppose that means that rather than having a lack of options, I actually have two options.

With that said, I shall now, as Linda instructed, write about how “being a responsible parent means” that you have a “lack of options.”

But wait. I don’t actually believe that. Do you? I think that there are plenty of options available to a responsible parent. For example, a responsible parent can help a kid with his or her homework, therein providing support and encourage as well as helping the kid to understand the concepts the homework is attempting to teach.

Conversely, a responsible parent can refuse to help a kid with his or her homework, in which case the parent is teaching self-reliance, independence, and taking personal responsibility for one’s assigned tasks. This option is especially useful when the homework involves higher mathematics that is well beyond anything the parent could possibly understand, much less assist with.

So what this exercise has proven to me is that being a responsible parent means that you just try and do the best you can and hope that your kids will live through whatever responsible parenting options you choose and will, at the end of the day, thrive.

FOWC with Fandango — Inherit

FOWCWelcome to June 8, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “inherit.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.