50 Word Thursday — Hauling Boxes

b4db9377-63d8-470e-8af2-d177383aac86“It’s simple,” the man said. “All you have to do is carry these boxes from this house to the one at the top of the alley. I’ll give you five dollars for each box.”

I was out of work and really needed the money. There were maybe 20 boxes to be moved, so I figured sure, why not? A hundred bucks to move boxes. I estimated about 10 to 15 minutes each way and figured I could have all 20 boxes moved by the end of the day, no problem. So I got started hauling the boxes, one at a time, up the alley.

Although it was a simple thing to be doing, something strange was happening. Each box seemed a little bit heavier than the one before it. By the time I got to the tenth box, it was so heavy that I could barely lift it.

I hadn’t bothered asking the old man what was in the boxes. I didn’t think that was any of my business. But when the box was almost too heavy to lift, I had to see what was inside of it. I pulled off the tape, opened the flaps and looked inside. “Oh my God,” I screamed.

(200 words)


Written for 50 Word Thursday. This week’s prompt was provided Kristian Tales From the Mind of Kristian.

The rules for this prompt are:

  1. The completed piece must be in multiples of 50 words — maximum of 250 words. Anything is acceptable — poetry, story, anecdote.
  2. There will be a photo (above) and a random phrase from a book that Kristian is currently reading. That phrase is, “Although it was a simple thing to be doing, something strange was happening.” You can use either the picture, the phrase, or both.
  3. Please pingback to Kristian’s prompt post and tag your post “50 word Thursday.”

If anyone else feels like participating in this prompt, please feel free to do so and link back to Kristian’s post.

Simple is Best

D033A253-CEE1-4E2F-83C6-4688B771FFDEI have been criticized at times for over explaining things. There were occasions back in the day when my boss would ask me a question and I would launch into a long, elaborate answer until my boss would finally lose patience, put up his hand to stop me from talking, and say, “I got it, thanks.”

But in my defense, I was merely trying to be thorough, to cover all aspects of the question, and to communicate all of the possible ramifications before completing my answer.

I eventually learned that the best answer to most questions is the simplest, most direct one. It’s not like high school algebra where the teacher wants you to show your work. People just want to know the answer. Plain and simple.

And that is how I learned about the KISS principle. KISS is, of course, an acronym for “keep it simple, stupid.”


Written for today’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC), where the word is “simple.”

FOWC With Fandango – Simple

FOWCWelcome to June 6, 2018 and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “simple.” Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

Also please note that my friend Jim over at A Unique Title for Me suggested that my FOWC badge or banner or whatever you call it, was too drab, so I beefed it up a little. Thanks for the suggestion, Jim.