Inspiration Monday – Imaginary Research

Those who pop by every other Thursday for submission suggestions might be disappointed to see another InMon post. Eventually, I’ll get back into the swing of things but at the moment, I seem to have more brain power for writing than researching, and since my blog is the only place I’m writing at the moment, I enjoy the extra chance to exercise creativity. I hope you’ll bear with me for a while longer

Talking of research…

Too Clever For His Own Good

“What does Santa have for dinner?” asked Joshua, pushing his peas around the plate in attempt to make them disappear.

“Peas,” said his father, unable to hide his frustration. “And so should you.”

“How do you know?”

Ian sighed. He should have known better than to put one over on his son. At six years old, Joshua already had his mother’s sharp eye for when he was being fobbed off.

“Dad’s hotline,” he tried.

There was a hint of an eye roll from Joshua. “I’m going to ask him in my letter. I bet he has nice things, like ice cream and turkish delight and sausages.”

“All on one plate?”

It was more pronounced this time. “Not all on one plate!” For a second Ian thought he was going to get angry; then the boy caught his eye and giggled. “Although… he is magical, so maybe he would have them all together and magically make it taste good!”

Ian felt the laughter run across his heart and found himself joining in. “Well, be that as it may, my research clearly indicates that Santa eats peas. And Rudolph – carrots too.”

Joshua picked up a forkful of peas. It approached his mouth, but came to a halt between his open lips. Joshua laid the fork back on his plate and ran to the kitchen. He returned with a clean plate and two carrots. He quickly shovelled the peas onto the plate.

“What are you doing, Josh?”

“We’ll leave these for Santa tonight. Instead of sherry and mince pies.”

 

 

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Inspiration Monday – Imaginary Research

  1. Cute piece Jen. Being a mom is preparing you on being a naughty kid too! 🙂

  2. that kid is a thinker.

  3. My favorite line in the story is when, “Ian felt the laughter run across his heart and found himself joining in.” Great story and brought back fond memories.

  4. Oh ho ho, now Daddy’s plan backfires! No pies for him tonight. Really cute piece.
    Also – Turkish delight!!! Takes me back.

  5. I’ll second that “laughter run across his heart” line. What a perfect way to describe that feeling.

  6. KP

    Great seasonal story – got me smiling and feeling Christmassy

  7. Reminds me of my own childhood – and of my own cheeky little monkeys, always ready with a well-placed “But whhhhy?”

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