Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Family Thumb, A Saturday Centus


Jenny Matlock

Greetings my old bloggy friends!

I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted a Saturday Centus.  What had become a regular weekly activity of mine for so long has been relegated to an occasional visit.  Unfortunately academic life and work life continue to demand a high toll on my time, but I am happy to report that there is finally a light at the end of that tunnel! 

I am taking a short break from my studies this afternoon to once again join the Centus fun that our illustrious meme mistress, Jenny Matlock of the blog “Off on my tangent,” has presented for our entertainment.  Plus, who could resist the opportunity to SPLIT A PROMPT!  Come on, now…that’s just so unprecedented and fantastic.  It’s like a crazy dream, but without the giant purple flying penguins singing opera while shooting lasers from their eyes.

(Right, like you never have that one!)

Anyway, this week’s challenge is to write some dialogue incorporating the prompt “he said, she said” and a maximum of 100 additional words.  Here is my effort for this week.  I have entitled it:

 The Family Thumb

“Daddy, why are my thumbs so flat looking?” she said inquiringly.

“Lissa, you are describing what is known in our family as the Goette thumb.  It is a proud family trait passed down from generation to generation,” he said

“So we are the only ones who have it?”

“Yes.  Other people have normal, round pointy thumbs.  Ours are unique in the world. They are a sign of high intellect.”


Thus, he set into motion a practical joke in which the punch line wouldn’t be delivered for nearly twenty years.  But the look on her face when the truth was finally revealed – priceless.  

Jenny Matlock

told my daughter that she can't have a boyfriend till her age is off the clock. 

*puts military clock on wall* 



  1. You diabolical devil!


    PS. Good to see ya back, Tom...

  2. You devil, you!

    Nice to see you back!

  3. A darling devil at that! Glad you're back! Summer gets crazy for all of us, I have been missing a week here and there too...blogging time gets taken over far too often!

  4. Hahaha I still tell people it's the Goette thumb every so often. Now if only they made press on nails in Goette thumb size.

  5. Too funny!! Enjoy your little break!

  6. I should tell my husband that little dating advice. He is already dreading those years..and they are at least 10 years away!

  7. Well, all that "book-learnin'" hasn't stolen your sense of humor, Tom. In Rod's family, hallux valgus is a family trait. They all have heriditary bunions. Being able to curl one's tongue is genetic, as are dimples. "spade" fingers are also genetic.

    Linky is being mean to me today. It says my Centus is linked, but it lied!!! Waaaaaaa!!

  8. Oh man!

    What a perfect late afternoon. Rosi Golan on my play list and Tom Goette in Blogland!


    Geez, Louise!

    You are so awesome.

    Get done with school, wouldja?

    We all miss you!

    I need to read that distinctly Tom style that makes me laugh, think and applaud the fact that words were ever invented!

    You do such amazing things with them Tom!

    So very, very glad to read you here!


  9. I really liked your article as it is very interesting to read thank you


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