Here’s the thing

Yes, you could do it like that, but here’s the thing, only one person fits in the time capsule. You have to choose whether you will send yourself or your son. You both can’t go. 

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “here’s the thing.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Here’s the thing”

  1. Here’s the thing,” I said, “I don’t see very well in the dark, so that three block walk to and from the subway that’s NOTHING for you, it’s torture for me,” I explained, “there’s no street lights, not a single lamp post, in all of Park Slope, I don’t know why, but there’s not a one…and it’s pitch black out at 9:30 when we come out of #thelivingroomshow on Friday nights,” my sister was rolling her eyes at me, “so while you sprint from the place to the subway, I’m struggling to navigate raised cracks in sidewalks that I can’t FUCKING see so I don’t fall and break my ass.”

  2. Here’s the thing, Vinny: when I tell you I want you to behave in a specific manner, you will do so because I’m the mother – the parent. That means that you respond to my request without repeatedly asking questions. I appreciate that you’re a very intelligent boy. But, here’s the thing: you are to do as you are told; not as you see fit. When you grow up and have some experience under your belt in this world you will be free to behave in any way that you choose. I’m trying to help you to learn how to handle yourself when you grow up so that you’ll have an easier time of it. Right now you will do what you are told without questions or excuses. And here’s the thing, Vinny: if you don’t do so, you will have to pay for it by having something you want withheld. I don’t think you will like that. It’s just easier to understand that your mom knows best for now. Suck it up like a little gentleman and comply. Don’t forget most of all that I love you very much or I wouldn’t care one way or the other.

  3. I told a friend that today’s prompt is “here’s the thing.” Her response seconded mine when I accessed my e-mail: “I love that phrase.” It’s true. The phrase opens a faucet on many and differing conversations from enlightenment, to humor, to airing emotions, to direction, to backgrounding and so on and so on. My favored use is when I want to convey a bit of lighheartedness in writing an anecdote (trying to keep close to a real or audible story), So, here’s the thing; I thank you for this suggestion.

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