SoCS — Boxed In

“I feel like my boss is putting me in this box,” Doug complained. “I have so much more to offer, but he tries to keep me in a box.”

“Have you talked to your boss about it, told him how you feel?” Doug’s wife Jenny asked him. “Maybe you should tell him that you’re feeling underutilized, and that you feel stuck or pigeon-holed in your job.”

“Of course I’ve talked to him,” Doug said. “I straight out told him that I didn’t like being boxed in.”

“And what did he say?” Jenny asked.

“He said that I needed to start thinking outside the box,” Doug said. “That got me so mad that I wanted to box his ears, just like my mother used to do to me when she was angry with me.”

“Your mother used to box your ears?” Jenny asked.

“Well, only when I was being bad,” Doug said. “But that’s not the point, Jenny. How does he expect me to think outside the box when our company is in the corrugated box industry? All I do all day is think about goddam boxes!”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the prompt word is “box.”

16 thoughts on “SoCS — Boxed In

  1. newepicauthor December 26, 2020 / 7:24 am

    I loved the ending of your story Fandango. The only time that I ever heard anyone say “box your ears” was on the Three Stooges.

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  2. Wyatt Peck December 30, 2020 / 11:16 am

    “Think outside the box” has become a cliche of instruction by bosses all around the world!

    Liked by 1 person

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