Photo Challenge — Making Everyone Happy

48CC415B-230F-4EAE-B75F-D91A3C85CC54David fancied himself an artist. He was also a science fiction fanatic and was convinced that, with pen in hand, he could create fantastic sci-fi graphic novels.

And so David dropped out of college and moved back into his childhood home with his parents. He essentially took over the basement of their house to use as his graphic novel studio and spent most of his time down there drawing and sketching.

But when David turned 30 and was still living in his parents’ basement, they had finally had enough. They tried to persuade David to scrap his dreams of publishing his graphic novel comic books and to find himself a real job.

“David,” his father said, “I know you’re sincere in your desire to be a successful graphic novelist. And I do believe you’ve shown that you’re wicked talented, but it’s time to use some common sense and find a real job.”

Of course, David balked and expressed how disappointed he was that his own parents had such little faith in his ability to achieve his dreams.

So his father and mother put their heads together to see if they could come up with a plan that would rectify this situation.

A few months later, they called David up from the basement. His father said to him, “Your mother and I have devised a solution that we believe will make everyone happy. You know those two acres of undeveloped land we have in the foothills about an hour north of here?”

“Yeah, what about it?” David asked.

His father handed David a photograph of what looked like a fusion of a yellow submarine and a flying saucer. “We just finished building this tiny house for you on that land. It’s got a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and some studio space for your drawings. It’s got electric service, water, heat, and air conditioning. We even set it up for internet service and WiFi.”

“Wow, Dad, this is fantastic,” David said. “How can I possibly thank you and Mom?”

“Easy, son,” his father said. “Move out of our basement as soon as possible.”


Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Tom Blachford. Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (pen), Ragtag Daily Prompt (scrap), Your Daily Word Prompt (sincere), Word of the Day Challenge (wicked), The Daily Spur (common), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rectify).

7 thoughts on “Photo Challenge — Making Everyone Happy

  1. Sadje September 3, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    It’s a situation many parents face. You’ve hit on the perfect solution.

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  2. newepicauthor September 3, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    Kids can become an embarrassment to their parents when they refuse to leave the nest.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Coleman September 3, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Was that from experience? Mine left, came back, left, came back, left. Empty nest is all it’s cracked up to be.

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    • Fandango September 3, 2019 / 10:34 pm

      There was some degree of experience in that. But the good news is that both of our offspring are on their own. I just hope that they’ll be as accommodating to me when I’m older and needy as I was to them when they were younger and needy.

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  4. leigha66 September 4, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    I had to go back to my Dad’s house temporarily (about 2 months is all) while I searched for an apartment after my divorce… it was hard to do.

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