I finished! It took about a day and a half — well, about six hours of actual work spread over a day and a half — to complete all of the forms and to electronically file my federal and state tax returns. And then, about an hour ago I got text messages from TurboTax notifying me that my returns were accepted by the IRS and the state tax board. Yay!
And best of all, I’m getting refunds on both my federal and state taxes. Woo hoo!
I can barely wait until next year to do it all again. Right?
Well, at least he’s consistent. He’s either way late or he just doesn’t bother showing up at all, she thought. How many times was she going to put herself through this? “This is bullshit,” she said aloud as she leaned her back against window of the restaurant where he had agreed to meet her for dinner.
It was the same old story. He would say he was sorry, would come up with one lame excuse or another, and would promise her that it wouldn’t happen again. But she knew him and she knew that it would continue to happen as long as she let him get away with it. She was so tired of it, of him, of herself. So this is going to end now, tonight, she thought.
She headed back to where she had parked her car, got inside, and was about to start the engine when her phone vibrated. His text message read, “Hung up at work, babe. Rain check? Tomorrow, same time, same place?”
She sat in her car staring at the screen on her phone. One minute. Two minutes. She was so tempted to respond, “Sure.” That’s what she would have done before tonight. But not now, not anymore.
She took a deep breath and typed, “Goodbye.” Then she turned off her phone and drove home to her husband and kids.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jayson Hinrichsen @ Unsplash.
Welcome to March 11, 2021 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 “space.”
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.