The Letter T

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter T.

Here are Deb’s T-words:

Place – tropics
Emotion – thrill
Adjective – tactical
Verb – tempt
Animal – toucan

Kelli was thrilled when I asked if her I could tempt her to take a vacation with me in the topics. “Oh goodie,” she squealed. “When can we leave?”

“I still have some tactical arrangements to make,” I answered. “I need to research to make sure to pick a venue where we have access to your favorite tropical bird, the toucan. Somewhere in Central or South America, I think.”

Kelli jumped up and left the room. “Wait, where are you going?” I asked. She returned a minute later carrying her iPad. “What are you doing with that?”

“I’m doing my own research,” she said. “Toucan play at this game, you know.”

“What are you talking about? What can toucans do?”

“Oh, jeez, Alan, you’re so thick,” Kelli said. “Toucan, as in ‘two can,’ as in two can play at this game.”

I rolled my eyes. “That was so punny I forgot to laugh,” I said.

The Letter S

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter S.

Here are Deb’s S-words:

Place – school
Emotion – sense of wonder
Adjective – snug
Verb – scrubbed
Animal – skunk

I really, really liked school. As a kid with a keen sense of wonder, I always felt snug as a bug in a rug when I was in the classroom learning things.

One day, a kid in my class brought his pet skunk, Pepe Le Pew, to school for Show and Tell.

I had always wondered about skunks, and seeing one in real life was fascinating.

My curiosity about the skunk brought me very close to the skunk’s cage. Perhaps too close. I may have frightened the little fellow, because he suddenly turned around, raised his tail, and sprayed me. It was awful.

I had to throw away the clothes I wore that day because no matter how strenuously my mother scrubbed them, she couldn’t get the stink out. And no matter how many times I washed my hair and body, it took a few weeks before the stink from the skunk finally completely faded away.

The Letter R

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter R.

Here are Deb’s R-words:

Place – Rome
Emotion – relief
Adjective – rhyming
Verb – run
Animal – robin

“They say what happens in Rome stays in Rome, right?” Frank said.

“Actually,” Tim said, “you’re thinking of Las Vegas. The saying about Rome is, ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do.’”

“What does that mean?” Frank asked. “What do the Romans do?”

“I don’t know what Romans do, Frank, but let’s just run with it, okay?” Tim said.

“That’s a relief,” Frank said.

“What’s a relief?”

“That we don’t have to know the Romans do,” Frank said. Then pointing up, he said, “Hey, look at that bird up there on the wire. What kind of bird is that, Tim?”

“It’s a robin,” Tim said.

“You mean like Batman and Robin?” Frank asked.

“No, Frank,” Tim said, shaking his head. “It’s a robin, as in that old song with the lyrics, When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along, along.”

“I didn’t know you were so good at rhyming, Tim,” Frank said. “Robin and bobbin’. That’s really good.”

Tim rolled his eyes. “You wanna hear another rhyme, Frank?”

“Sure, Tim, I like this game.”

“Okay,” Tim said. “It’s midnight in Rome, so it’s time to go home.”


The Letter Q

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter Q.

Here are Deb’s Q-words:

Place – quagmire
Emotion – queasy
Adjective – quick
Verb – qualify
Animal – quokka

I was starting to feel queasy, having been stuck in the muck of this massive bog for some time. I knew that if I wasn’t able to get myself onto dry land with solid footing soon, I might end up being sucked under and buried alive in a muddy grave.

But just as I thought all hope was lost, I found myself eye-to-eye with the cutest little fellow. I thought for sure that I must have been near the end of my life, as I’d never seen such a creature before. The animal seemed to be smiling at me. “What are you?” I managed to ask in a weak voice.

“I’m Quincy and I qualify as a certified rescue quokka around these parts,” he said. “I will show you the way out of this quagmire, but we must be quick about it.”

Quincy grabbed one of my hands with his paw and led me out of the bog onto dry land, where I immediately passed out from exhaustion.

I’m not sure how long I was out cold, but when I finally opened my eyes there were two teenagers, a boy and a girl, looking down at me. “Mister, are you all right?” the girl asked.

“Yes, I think so,” I said. “Where’s Quincy?” I asked.

The teenagers looked around and shrugged their shoulders in unison. “There’s no one else here. Who’s Quincy!” the boy asked.

“He’s my rescue quokka,” I said. “He led me out of the quagmire and quite possibly saved me from suffering a tragic death.” The two teenagers looked at each other and started chuckling. “What’s so funny?” I asked.

“Mister, you’re either on drugs or you’re hallucinating,” the boy said. “But if it’s the former, do you have any to share with us? We’ve always wanted to meet a rescue quokka, whatever that is.”

The Letter P

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter P.

Here are Deb’s P-words:

Place – playground
Emotion – passion
Adjective – perky
Verb – pacify
Animal – puffin

I saw a perky little puffin at the pond next to the playground at the park. In its beak were a bunch of little silvery fish that it was consuming with a passion. I imagine that such a catch would pacify the bird’s hunger.