Saturday, March 19, 2011

Memories of Grandpa, A Saturday Centus

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Jenny Matlock


Another week has passed and it's time once again for another foray into the realm of literary succinctitude.  (You don't think that's a word?  Feel free to refudiate me if you wish.)  This is week 46 of Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, that challenging writing meme that has all of Spunky Puddle, Ohio blowing spit bubbles and screaming obscenities at trees.  In case you didn't know, this is considered very high praise in Spunky Puddle!  Plenty of other people also love this weekly writing exercise hosted at Jenny's blog, off on my tangent.  They just show it in slightly different ways.

So I bet you are wondering, "Hey Tom, how can I become a Centusian like you and participate in this fun-filled meme?"  Good question!  All you have to do is write a really short, short story of no more than 100 words not including the supplied prompt.  Your story can't use any vulgarity or include any photos or illustrations of any kind and you are not permitted to alter the prompt in any way.  After posting your story to your blog, link it back to Jenny's meme post so the other Centusians can share in your obvious dementia and pray for your eternal salvation.

This week's prompt was a simple three-word phrase without any tricks or gimmicks of any kind.  Maybe next week Jenny will begin challenging us again with her evil genius creative twists (ie. from the perspective of a Russian dancing bear, extremely lonely TSA agent or a sentient potato.)  This week's prompt is "the curtain parted."  Here is my take on the prompt.  I have entitled it:


Memories of Grandpa


As a kid I remember spending one summer with my Grandpa Steve in Oregon.  He loved it when I would sit at his bedside and read him stories.  Problem was he had a hearing problem which made it challenging.

“She adjusted her crown and stood ready.”

“Who’s Freddy?” 

“Then the curtain parted…”

“What?  I don’t smell anything.”

“…and the fans roared with applause.”

“Eh?  Snored with the bras?”

I suspect grandpa heard a lot better than he let on.  He just liked to bust me up and break my concentration.  Funny old guy…I want to be just like him someday.


Jenny Matlock


I'm going to start thinking positive, but I know it won't work.

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27 comments:

  1. That's a cute amusing story, Tom. I suspect the narrator is a lot like his grandpa.
    xoRobyn

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  2. Tom, you have some strong genes working in your brain!!! Clever and funny ones!!

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  3. Hey, I might steal your grandfather's idea some time, just to see the reaction of my grandkids!

    Good job!

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  4. Great job...A very sweet story Tom ! You are lucky to have known and grown up with your grandpa !!!

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  5. Applause, applause! Love it!

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  6. That was a fun one! I see the acorn didn't fall far from the old tree!

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  7. That was cute Tom! I always like your intro's too!~Ames

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  8. haha. good job. what a fun use of the prompt.

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  9. Aw... I loved that one. A very charming story and clever use of the prompt.

    Score!

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  10. Very funny! Now we know why you are the way you are, Tom!
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's SC week 46 'curtain parted'

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  11. Brill! Really made me chuckle!

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  12. “Then the curtain parted…”

    “What? I don’t smell anything.”...

    I almost spit my coffee all over my keyboard...

    Ohh, how I adore "fart jokes".

    Great job,thanks for the giggle!

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  13. I'm with Koby, except I almost lost my coffee through my nose. Loved this Tom, great little story and your Grandpaw sounds like a hoot. By the way, I'm going to try using "succinctitude" the next time we play scrabble. You think it will fly? Kat

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  14. Who am I to "refudiate" anything your lunatic sophistication offers? ;)

    Absolutely love this little gem, Tom.

    =)

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  15. Delightful! Everyone should have a grandpa just like that!

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  16. Ha ha. Reminds me of someone near and dear.

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  17. Tom,

    You are already your grandfather! This is absolutely darling. Great work.

    Namaste..........cj

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  18. that's hilarious! I love reading your entries.

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  19. aww how sweet and funny lol. loved the 'What? I don’t smell anything' reference!!

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  20. I don't know if this is true or fiction...doesn't matter because it is beautiful in its charming way. I would like to think it was your own speical memory, but if not, I know this rich and touching slice of life belongs to someone in life....

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  21. What's that you say, Grandpa Tom!

    You can't participate because your snoozin'?

    And, thank heavens.

    I was thinking it might have been my weiner dog hard at work scenting the air with ummm... well...

    you know...

    Clever and fabulous as always!

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