Turning Over a New Leaf

F4F93C0D-D73F-4F5E-9D3A-67C0E0840601“I’m turning over a new leaf,” Nick announced, “starting tomorrow, anyway.”

“What kind of chicanery is this?” Sarah asked. “You’re almost 18 years old and you won’t even go out and rake the leaves, much less turn over a new one.”

“Hey, why are you always trying to turn the table around on me?” Nick said, a hurt expression on his face. “Do you really think I’m incapable of changing?”

“Don’t sweat it, Nick,” Sarah said. “I’m your mother. I’ve become accustomed to your lazy and garish ways. It’s just that you’re so much like your father and you know what an asshole he turned out to be. So, please, my son, I encourage you to turn over a new leaf. In fact, here’s the rake. Why don’t you start by going into the backyard and turning over a whole bunch of leaves right now instead of waiting until tomorrow?”

“Aw, Mom,” Nick whined, reluctantly grabbing the rake she was holding up.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (turning), The Daily Spur (tomorrow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chicanery), Daily Addictions (table), Fandango’s One-Worr Challenge (sweat), and Hour Daily Word Prompt (garish).

8 thoughts on “Turning Over a New Leaf

  1. Marleen January 8, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    I mean… we can’t have him turning out to be an “asshole.” But “… you’re … your…” I wouldn’t say these things to my son.

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    • Fandango January 8, 2020 / 8:23 pm

      Sometimes bitterness trumps good judgement.


  2. leigha66 January 10, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    It is impossible to take back words once spoken… even at 18 those words would sting a little. Good write!

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