That Didn’t Go As Planned

Betsy was on a mission to throw her daughter the best sweet sixteen party ever. She and Alyssa had been having a rather strained relationship of late. Raising a teenage daughter was a challenge for any parent, and Betsy was hoping that a big bash would smooth things over between the two of them.

The last thing Betsy wanted was for her Alyssa’s sweet sixteen party to be something merely repetitive of all of the other lame sweet sixteen parties that her friends’ parents threw for their daughters. No way. So forget about being sensible. This was going to be a totally skookum, bordering on fatuous, party.

Betsy planned it out to the most minute detail. She wanted the party to be a huge surprise for her daughter and she couldn’t wait, when the night of the party arrived, to see the look of joy that she knew would overspread Alyssa’s face.

But when her daughter entered the ballroom that her mother had reserved for the party, Alyssa burst out crying. And they weren’t tears of joy.

“Oh mother,” Alyssa cried, “this is so over the top, so gawdy, so ostentatious. This is an embarrassment. How could you do this to me? I hate you!”

Written for these daily prompts: JusJoJan (mission), Scott’s Daily Prompt (sweet sixteen), The Daily Spur (smooth) Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (repetitive), My Vivid Blog (sensible), Ragtag Daily Prompt (skookum), Word of the Day Challenge (fatuous), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (overspread). Photo credit: Pinterest.

11 thoughts on “That Didn’t Go As Planned

    • Fandango January 21, 2022 / 5:01 pm

      Where do they come up with these crazy words?


      • lindakempwriter January 21, 2022 / 5:33 pm

        Beyond me. And why make things hard for followers? I don’t understand.

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    • Fandango January 21, 2022 / 10:22 pm

      Where do they come up with these off-the wall words?


      • Fandango January 21, 2022 / 10:28 pm

        Oops, sorry for this redundant comment. I didn’t mean to be repetitive. 😏


  1. Carol anne January 21, 2022 / 11:37 pm

    poor betsy! Teens! They can be so hormonal! ❤

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  2. JoAnna January 22, 2022 / 6:51 am

    Raising a teenage daughter was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I think I’d be on Alyssa’s side with this one. Good lesson in not assuming.

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  3. leigha66 January 24, 2022 / 3:16 pm

    Teenagers are so up and down and all over the map … just wait she will change her mind about it.

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