Tale Weaver — Confusion

Ever since he suffered the contusion
He experienced a lot of confusion
And he was under the delusion
That his wife was an intrusion
So she came to the conclusion
That she needed a solution
And the only resolution
Was to put him in seclusion
But she was under no illusion
That he might seek retribution
So she put him in an institution
And then prayed to God for absolution

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.

In a Pinch

“You idiot! You totally burned the gravy,” Sarah yelled at her brother. “Why can’t you ever pay attention to what your supposed to be doing instead of having your eyes always glued to your phone?”

“Hey, I’m only human, you know,” Aaron said. “Besides, I was trying to retrieve an interesting article that just flashed across my newsfeed.”

“Bullshit!” Sarah said, grabbing Aaron’s phone from out of his hand and looking at his screen. “Just as I thought, you liar. You were looking at Twitter.”

“What’s the big deal?” Aaron asked. “Your problem is that you’re too uptight, Sarah. You need to learn to be more footloose and fancy free, like me.”

“Someone in this family has to show some responsibility, and it’s definitely not you,” Sarah said. “People are going to be arriving soon and now we have no gravy for the turkey and mashed potatoes.”

“No problem,” Aaron said. He opened up a kitchen cabinet and pulled out a large jar of gravy. “It’s not homemade, but it will do in a pinch, right?”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (idiot), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gravy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (human), Your Daily Word Prompt (retrieve), Word of the Day Challenge (footloose), and MMA Storytime (family).

Also written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration, where her theme is “learn.”

Thanksgiving Flashback

What a difference a year makes. I originally wrote this post on Thanksgiving Day last year. My wife and I were hosting six other people at our home and we were busy getting ready for everyone to head over to our place by around 2:00 pm. This was in the Before Times — before COVID-19, before social distancing, before face mask wearing. Before some 13 million Americans had fallen ill with the coronavirus and more than a quarter million had died from it.

This year, it’s just going to be my wife and me. We have a small turkey, and my wife will be preparing some stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a green bean casserole for dinner. And we bought an apple pie at the grocery store for dessert. For just the two of us. With enough leftovers to maybe last until Saturday.

It won’t be the same as past Thanksgivings, but we are thankful that, even though we won’t be physically enjoying the holiday with family and friends, we’ll be together with them in spirit. And we are thankful that all of us are healthy and COVID-free.

So enjoy my Thanksgiving Day post from last year, and I hope that you and yours have a great Thanksgiving Day today.

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and many Americans, if not most, have the day off from work or school. As an American, I’m also taking the day off. From blogging, that is.

I won’t really have the time nor the opportunity to WordPress today. My wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for eight this afternoon and evening. Joining us will be our son and his wife, our daughter and her live-in boyfriend, and two of our other local friends whose families live in other parts of the country.

My wife will be spending most of the day preparing the Thanksgiving meal, and I’ll be spending most of the morning, anyway, making sure our house is spic and span so that my wife won’t be embarrassed. And I’ll also be on kitchen cleanup duty so that as she dirties pots and pans, I will be washing and drying them.

The good news is that not one among our guests is a Trump supporter, so that won’t be a concern. But the bad news is that I won’t have much time to post anything or to read what you all post today. I’ll do my best to catch up tonight after everyone leaves…unless I eat so much at dinner that about all I’ll be able to do is waddle to bed.

So to those of you in the United States, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. And to those of you elsewhere, I hope you have a great Thursday.

I’ll be back in business tomorrow!

Cartoon credit: Mark Parisi.

FOWC with Fandango — Gravy

FOWCWelcome to November 26, 2020 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 “gravy.”

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. Please 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.