Time For a Change

Screw him,” Rebecca said. “I’m not going to let that stubborn old coot stymie me for one more day. First thing tomorrow morning I’m going to tear out that ugly, circa 1960s, burnt orange shag rug and replace it with hardwood flooring.”

“Good for you, Becky,” her brother, Jim, said. “It’s almost surreal how he’s refused to consider replacing that ratty old rug.”

“Well, I’m sure it reminds him of Mom,” Rebecca said. “They picked it out together when they first bought the place.”

“That was like sixty years ago,” Jim said. “Who knows what crap is lurking within the threads of that rug. Gross!”

“Yes, it’s for his own good,” Rebecca rationalized. “I’m sure he’ll warm up to the wood floor eventually.”

Jim smiled. “Yeah, right. He’s Dad, remember. He’ll never forgive us.”

Written for these prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (screw), Your Daily Word Prompt (stymie), Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration (tomorrow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (shag), Word of the Day Challenge (surreal), and The Daily Spur (warm).

20 thoughts on “Time For a Change

  1. newepicauthor July 22, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    I think that Rebecca and Jim are making a mistake as that old rug may hold some memories left from a lovemaking session where they shagged on the shag.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong July 22, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    Yes, but isn’t it dad’s house? Crappy shag rug notwithstanding, that probably counts for something. Now, if he was living in HER house, that would be something else but since he picked out the rug with his wife, it must be HIS house. Crappy rug or not, the person who owns the place should have a say in how it is treated. Maybe she could find a rug that is similar but not so grungy. You know. Compromise?

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    • Marleen July 22, 2021 / 1:43 pm

      Yeah, technically, Dad could sue them or her… even if he wouldn’t… sue, that is. They’d be getting off easy, perhaps, by not being forgiven.

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    • Fandango July 22, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      Maybe her father was suffering from ill-health brought on by that musty old shag rug.


  3. Carol anne July 22, 2021 / 2:00 pm

    I love this fandango! Great story! Great take on the prompts! ❤

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  4. CARAMEL July 22, 2021 / 2:22 pm

    I feel the same way about the rug in my sitting room. I don’t like it….but it cost a fortune – not my money, my landlord’s, so I am stuck with it!

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  5. bushboy July 22, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    A removal of that disgusting relic of the past that does hide all sorts of nasties. Great use of all the prompts Fandango. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

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  6. Taswegian1957 July 22, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    Adult kids with that sort of nasty attitude make me grateful I don’t have any. If she wants her dad to change his flooring she could try being a bit nicer about it.

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  7. lssattitudeofgratitude July 22, 2021 / 5:41 pm

    Good story and use of the prompts. The reality is that old carpet is super bad for anyone with raspatory issues, so there’s that.

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  8. Terveen Gill July 23, 2021 / 7:14 pm

    I think dad should cut them out of his will. Leave the old man be. 🙂

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  9. leigha66 August 4, 2021 / 7:33 pm

    If they are there to take care of him… leave him his memories. As some age that is a precious commodity to hang onto.

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