For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are asked to “find a word that starts with the letter ‘u’ and use it however you’d like.”
“I understand that you are teaching yourself to play the ukulele,” Jack’s dad, Michael, said to him.
“Uh huh,” Jack responded.
“That’s a rather unusual choice, isn’t it?” Michael asked his son.
“Unorthodox, maybe,” Jack said, “but not unheard of. It’s actually a very underappreciated instrument.”
“I see you already bought a ukulele,” Michael said.
“A used one,” Jack responded. “I bought it off of Dan, who had an old uke he got when he was in undergraduate school at the state university that he had languishing in a storage unit on campus.”
“Well, son, I have to admit that your learning to play the ukulele is a bit unpredictable,” Michael said, “but far be it from me to underestimate your tendency to avoid the usual path. You’ve always seemed, like a salmon, to need to swim upstream. Anyway, good luck with your new undertaking, son.”
“Thanks, Dad,” Jack said. “Your understanding is neither unnoticed nor unappreciated.”
“Great,” Michael said. “Now I’ve got to head out and pick up some stuff your mother needs.”
“Okay, Dad,” Jack said, “but grab your umbrella. It’s suppose to rain this afternoon.”
“Ugh, that’s unfortunate,” Michael said. “That makes me unhappy, as I was hoping to get in a round of golf later.”