Weekly Prompts — No Butts About It

8C102CFB-0753-4734-8992-AD636B9F1866I have to admit that the first thing that came to mind when I saw the prompt for today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge was not a car accident where someone runs into the rear end of your car. And it was also not of raising (rearing) kids.

At the risk of appearing to be sexist or of objectifying women, I will confess that the first thought that occurred to me when I saw that the prompt was the word “rear” was a woman’s butt.

Because this is a Photo Challenge, I looked through my entire photo library and discovered that I don’t possess a single photo that focuses on that particular part of the female anatomy. Well, the human female anatomy that is. I found one picture prominently featuring my dog’s rear end and another showing off my cat’s butt. But nobody wants to see pictures of their butts. Thus, I had to spend hours on Google and on various photo sharing sites examining pictures of women’s butts. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

I wanted to find one that wasn’t obscene or even too risque. One that, given the focus of the query, was in good taste. Ultimately, I found and settled upon a photo by Ryan Moreno at unsplash.com.

So what you see at the top of this post is Ryan’s photo of a woman’s rear end snugly tucked into a pair of tight Levi’s jeans. I hope you enjoy seeing his picture and reading this post as much as I did researching and writing it.

You Get What You Pay For

E184707D-3E6E-4AF0-B3CB-0C26E06F4903“Dammit!” Marla exclaimed. “This food chopper is supposed to be unbreakable, but look at this. I just bought it yesterday and it broke already.”

“Well what did you expect?” her twin sister and roommate said. “That’s what happens when you go to that bargain store and buy something with the label ‘Piece o’ Shit’ on it. You need to stop being so damn cheap and to spend your money more wisely. You get what you pay for, you know.”

“Why do you always have to admonish me?” Marla said, tears starting to well up in her eyes. “I thought sharing an apartment with a sibling would be a good thing, but you’re constantly criticizing me. I was just trying to chop up some veggies to make us both a nourishing snack.”

Feeling badly, Carla came over to her twin and gave her a hug. “I’m sorry, Marla,” she said. “I’ll try to be a better sister and roommate going forward. I’ll try hard to ignore your bad habits and the stupid things you’re always doing and to not go all haywire on you.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (unbreakable), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (label), Your Daily Word Prompt (admonish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sibling), Word of the Day Challenge (nourish), and Weekly Prompts (haywire).

#100WW — No Sense of Humor

54BD527A-59ED-4DDE-8A29-67044F40DDF6Steve walked into the small, eclectic eatery to escape a light, spring drizzle. He found a table, opened his bag, and spread the items, including his laptop, out on the table.

A waitress walked up to Steve. “Can I get you something?” she asked.

“A small coffee,” Steve said.

“Can I tempt you with a house-made pastry?” the smiling waitress asked.

With a sarcastic tone in his voice, Steve said, “You have quite a sense of humor.”

“Thank you,” she said, beaming.

“I was being facetious,” Steve said. “Reflect on that, young lady.”

“You’re mean.” she said, and walked away.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (eclectic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (drizzle), The Daily Spur (spread), Word of the Day Challenge (tempt), Weekly Prompts (humor), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reflect).

Alphabet Confusion

“You’d better hustle if you’re going to make it in time,” she said. “Did you check the drug store’s exchange policy? You don’t want to go all that way only to be surprised.”

“I’m pretty sure I remember seeing advertising indicating  a fairly liberal returns and exchanges policy,” he said.

“Well, for your sake, I hope so,” she said. “Far be it from me to instigate a quarrel, but, sweetheart, there is a huge difference between the Preparation H hemorrhoidal suppositories that you came home with and the Plan B morning after tablets that I told you to pick up.”

“Well, you can understand my confusion, right?” he said. “Plan B and Preparation H both have letters in their names.”

She just shook her head.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hustle), Weekly Prompts (drug stores), Ragtag Daily Prompt (exchange), Word of the Day Challenge (surprise), The Daily Spur (advertising), and Your Daily Word Prompt (instigate).

What’s In The Box, Mom?

252565DF-284E-43AF-82E4-13B9D0C1F586“That salad was delicious,” Stan told his mother. “What was that meat in there? I’ve never tasted anything quite like it.”

“It was the meat from a conch shell,” Arlene said.

Wherever did you get that recipe, Mom?” Carolyn asked.

“Do you remember when your father and I went island hopping last year in the Caribbean?” Arlene asked. “We met an old war buddy of your father’s on St. Thomas. He lives there and he took us to a restaurant that specialized in conch. I persuaded the chef to give me a few conch recipes.”

“It’s really good, Mom,” Stan said, “but why did you ask Carolyn and me to come here tonight? You said you had something important to show us.”

“Yeah, Mom, the anticipation is killing me,” Carolyn said.

“Okay, let me go get it,” Arlene said, as she left the dining room. She returned a few seconds later and placed a square, gift wrapped box in the center of the table. “Voila!” she said.

Stan and Carolyn looked at one another and then looked at their mother. “What is it?” Carolyn asked.

“Read the card,” Arlene said.

Stan reached over and open the card attached to the top of the gift-wrapped box. “It says, ‘Robert, Your Loving Husband. Always Together.’ What does that mean, Mom? What’s inside the box.”

“I finally, after six months, had the courage to pick it up,” Arlene said, a big smile on her face. “Your father’s ashes are inside that beautiful box.”

Written for this week’s What Do You See? prompt from Hélène Vaillant. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (delicious), Your Daily Word Prompt (wherever), Ragtag Daily Prompt (island), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (war), Weekly Prompts (anticipation), and The Daily Spur (inside).