Beginnings {FF}


Nothing is as ever easy as it looks.

100 words about learning to read as an adult
pd photo prompt for FFFPP week 9 

As he looked at the room, he longed for the truck in the barn. It seemed like the perfect thing.

“Let’s read a story!” she said brightly, as she picked him up and reached for the book.

He knew this was his chance – if he could only reach out a little further. Fingers extended, determination written in his furrowed brow, he leans over.

She hadn’t expected this turn of events, child nearly tumbling from her arms. Why had she decided to take this nanny position? She didn’t even really like children, she wanted to be outside, enjoying nature, riding her bike, experiencing the world. Wasn’t there a better way? This was supposed to be easy money.

She clutched him tightly as she pulled him back, “No-No, Tommy. Let me read to you.”

“Truck! Truck! Truck!” he screeched.

That was it. In her frustration, his frustration, the truck was the answer to both their prayers.

“Good idea,” she said, “Let’s take the truck outside and play!”



I couldn’t look at the writing prompt opening sentence, or the image, and not think of children and their desire to squirm away. Thank you for reading {and responding!} 🙂

Want to participate?

From the Practiced Practitioner Week 9 Website (also has Blue Frog to link your stories to):

The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt and an introductory sentence/ topics to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Friday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog. Use of the introductory sentence/ topic is optional. Some followers like the introductory sentence ideas.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  • Post your flash fiction response by clicking on THE BLUE FROG. Follow the given directions.
  • It is the desire of this blog to begin a new writing community. Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to reading each of your stories. Please remember to check back and follow the journeys of our fellow writers. Kind comments are always appreciated.

19 thoughts on “Beginnings {FF}

  1. Good to see they found a compromise – even though I’m not sure there is such a thing as a compromise when toddlers are concerned. I loved Tommy’s side of the story, that single-mindedness… Great stuff 🙂

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  2. That squirminess you described would be exactly why I was a terrible babysitter! Sometimes, you just have to let the kid win and have his way to keep your own sanity (something I’ve finally learned as a parent). Fun read!

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