WDYS — Look Around

“Listen, little brother,” Debbie said, “I know things are looking pretty grim right now since Mom and Dad said that they’re getting divorced and that they want me to stay with her and you to go with Dad.”

Jamie sighed.

“And I know that Dad is moving to another state and you’ll have to make new friends there.”

Jaime sighed again.

“And that the cat is staying with me and Mom.”

Another sigh from Jamie.

“But Mom and Dad promised that we will visit you and Dad for holidays.”

Silence from Jamie.

“I will always be your big sister,” Debbie reassured her brother, putting her arm around Jamie’s shoulder, “And we’re in this together. You and me.”

Jamie looked at Debbie, then looked away.

“Look around, little brother,” Debbie said. “Look around because someday all of this will be ours.”

A serious expression came over Jamie’s face, which turned a bright red. Then he smiled as the aroma of a messy diaper made its way to Debbie’s nose.

“I wish you knew how to talk,” Debbie said. Then she grabbed his hand, pulled him up, and said, “Let’s go find Dad so he can change your dirty diaper.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Joshua Clay @ Unsplash.

15 thoughts on “WDYS — Look Around

  1. Sadje March 2, 2023 / 3:21 am

    I love how you told this story Fandango! Some things are not that important to the children while others are too much so. Thanks for joining in with the poignant story

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  2. Ron. March 2, 2023 / 5:10 am

    Promises, promises. As a big brother, I can (still) resonate. Nicely unfolded.

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    • Fandango March 2, 2023 / 4:34 pm

      Well, with no kids or grandkids, unless you find a much younger woman and get her pregnant, you won’t have to worry about it.

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  3. donmatthewspoetry March 2, 2023 / 5:01 pm

    This is what I see

    I see a chain a’swinging
    (Untrue) it swingeth not
    It is a still life photograph
    In which chains swingeth not

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  4. Marleen March 6, 2023 / 8:49 pm

    It’s such a cute photo. Your treatment of it, and Jim’s, got me really pondering kiddos interacting that way so little.

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