Balloon

The car in front of me was filled with helium balloons. I assumed the driver was a mom on the way to decorate her kid’s birthday party, but I couldn’t see the driver for all the balloons.

A little head popped up in the back seat, twisted around to peer out the back window. Probably the only way the little guy could find a breath of air. I wondered if mom up in the front knew that the angel in the back seat had squirmed out of the proper seat belted position. The kid grinned and waved and I waved back.

It reminded me of the days before seat belts were the law when . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “balloon.”

Cuppa Coffee

“Just gimme a cuppa coffee,” he muttered. We called him Zorro because he wore a black hat and an oversized black duster every day of the year—hot or cold, it didn’t matter.

Some days Zorro had a few bucks and ate eggs, pancakes, bacon. Some days were just coffee days. I gave him a full pitcher of cream with his coffee.

If we had day-old pastry on Zorro’s lean, just-coffee days, I offered it to him free, but today we didn’t have any. I sneaked a glance at Mike on his stool over by the register. He was watching. Damn. He didn’t like me letting Zorro drink up a whole pitcher of cream. Might cost him a quarter . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “cuppa coffee.”

Hate crime

I propose that campaign ads should only contain documented acts the candidate has done for the good of the people. Any campaign ad that points out the horrors of the candidate’s opponent should be outlawed as a hate crime or something equally dire.

Negative ads are confusing. Okay, so you don’t like the opponent. But what have you actually done that it worth repeating and should earn my vote? That’s what I want to know. I can’t learn that from a negative ad. I want to know . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “hate crime.”

Jump Rope Rhymes

Ronni over at Time Goes By got me thinking about childhood rhymes today. Remember all those jump rope rhymes that supposedly determined how many children you would have or the first initial of the person you were bound to marry? Dick and Jane sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

Everyone says kids grow up too fast today, but it seems to me that kids have always been interested in matters of love, sex, marriage, relationships and . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “jump rope rhymes.”

Embrace

“Embrace your blessings,” I said, “and get off your pity potty.”

She wiped at the tears coursing down her cheeks as anger flashed in her eyes. She didn’t want to be reminded that she was wallowing in self-pity.

I had little hope of changing her lifetime pattern of doing nothing to change her situation while feeling sorry for herself about being in the situation. I . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “embrace.”

Gravel

I hid from the storm in a covered shelter with a concrete picnic table. It did no good. The wind blew sheets of water under my roof. Water ran down the mountain. It carried gravel from the trail with it, fast moving rocks and sticks obeying the laws of gravity while I tried to stay out of the way.

I tried to distract myself with pleasant thoughts. Happy times at picnic tables, lists of gravel-voiced singers like Dr. J and Tom Waits, rain storms I had enjoyed while safely ensconced in my warm home, . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “gravel.”

Laundry

After Teema joined the time-travel club she learned about books. They were her favorite part of the past. She loved the big buildings with nothing in them but books. The thrill of walking in a place with so much paper, paper you could touch and feel without being arrested for having an endangered resource—that’s what got her excited.

Teema liked to walk the aisles on the “library” buildings and look at the names on the books. They talked about indecipherable topics: pets, laundry, romance, jokes. Humans jostled in the narrow aisles (they couldn’t sense her there, of course) and piled books in their arms to carry away . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “laundry.”

Worms

What’s your irrational fear? If you don’t have one yet, maybe you could share my friend’s fear of worms. Even dead ones littering the sidewalk after a heavy rain are more than she can manage. If you want to bring the world to a screaming halt, show her a worm.

I’ve always like worms, myself. Little wiggly toys in the earth. My uncle Bill had a big box for growing worms in the attic of his theater near the source of the Rio Grande up in the Colorado mountains when I was a kid, and it was the most interesting thing in the theater, even better than the concession stand. . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “worms.”

Autumn

The chilly autumn air made me shiver as I stretched outside my door. I would have stretched inside if I’d known it was this cool, but a few minutes of jogging would make my sweats feel too hot. Enjoy the goose bumps, I told myself.

I started slow while on the pavement, and when I reached the packed sand of the beach I sped up to a pace that I would maintain for several miles.

The sun’s position at this hour was not quite above the horizon, its light no match for the smog and moisture in the air. I could see, but barely. . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “autumn.”

One idea

All it takes is one well-expressed idea to change the world. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and things changed completely. Paine wrote “Common Sense” and again things changed completely. Modern examples might include Friedan’s “Feminine Mystic” or King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Time will tell if Al Gore’s recent “An Inconvenient Truth” is going to change the world. A war followed the publication of the Declaration of Independence and Common Sense. A revolution, though not an all-out war, followed the Feminine Mystic and I Have a Dream. Is a revolutionary change going to . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “one idea.”