Friday Fiction – Time Flies

Friday Fiction time, and once again I’m word count tool-less and now short of time. To quote my husband: “You’ve been writing that a long time. It’s only 100 words, I could write that in a couple of minutes.”  Seems like I’d better get back to the family, so I’ll leave this at 98 and let you fill in the final two words yourselves!

More carefully-written stories from this week’s prompt can be found on Rochelle’s host site, the photo is courtesy of Roger Bultot.

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Time Flies

When we moved to Brickman’s Worthy, it was a short-term plan. Our family would grow; Steve would get a better job, or I would, and we’d move for that. Then Jo’s baby toys morphed into toddler toys, then into school uniform and a bicycle, and still we turned a blind eye to the bathroom suite, rather than spend money on one we wouldn’t be around to appreciate.

Now I stand before that avocado sink, listening to Jo on the phone to her latest boyfriend and I wonder when we planted so many roots, and how deep they go.

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24 responses to “Friday Fiction – Time Flies

  1. Dear Jen,
    Life does have a way of sneaking up on us when we aren’t looking, doesn’t it? Your story reminds me in a way of the beginning of Pixar’s UP. The detours in life are the adventure. Next thing we know, we’ve planted our roots and a family tree is being supported by it.

    As to that husband of yours, you should remind him that writing 100 words is one thing while writing a quality 98-word story that people actually want to read is quite another. 😉

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  2. Nothing wrong with avocado. I believe it’s now back in fashion!

  3. Avocado sink just screams 70s to me. Nice idea, particularly like the first para.

  4. It’s funny how roots grow beneath the surface without us noticing – well captured

  5. That’s lovely in a sad kind of way. It’s definitely time to change the bathroom suite, though – even if they want to sell, nobosy, but nobody, want an avocado one!

  6. Beautifully told metaphorical tale about an ordinary life.

  7. Your story flows with sincerity & love. This really spoke to me – Time flies – Things don’t always go as planned – & that’s a-okay.
    🙂

  8. Oh so true how life just plows on through our plans and expectations. This hits so close to home!

  9. it’s amazing how time flies without us noticing it.

  10. Dear Jennifer,

    One my favorite John Lennon lines, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
    A lovely chronicle in 98 words. (I won’t tell you how long I spend on some of my 100 words 😉 )

    Nicely done, right down to the avocado sink.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

  11. How true this is, Jennifer. My parents moved to Kentucky for what they thought was a year or two. 17 years later, they’re finally moving but only after they’ve put down a lot of roots. Life sneaks up on us like that.

  12. Wait long enough and Avocado sinks will be back in style. Nicely written. I know many people with big plans that they never getting around to doing.

  13. I can identify with this, even if we are a couple who have uprooted themselves 17 times in the 22 years we’ve been together. Our present home was meant to be temporary but I suspect now it won’t be and we’re tackling the equivalent of our ‘avocado’ bathroom suite. Nice slice of life Jennifer.

  14. Very poignant. Being a lover of all things vintage, the sink reference really got me there. 🙂 Great job!

  15. Jen, Ah yes, avocado and orange, two of the 70’s colors. They’re right up there with bell bottoms. Of course I think bell bottoms are, or were, popular again Good story and well written. 🙂 —Susan

  16. That’s so true. We did the same as your characters and are now happily stuck here. Fortunately our porcelain ain’t avocado.

  17. Oh I can truly relate to this.. there are projects not done in our house.. but the roots go deep already (and we don’t even have kids).. My mother still live in the house our family moved into 50 years ago.. but at one time we were always looking for something better..

  18. Jen, you’re becoming a true sentimentalist without the sappiness, just the truth. Wonderful! Made me day. Thank-you!

  19. Wonderful piece, Jen. That moment of reflection.
    Ellespeth

  20. I can relate to this. Time passes when you are having fun 🙂 My baby will be going to university next year. How did she grow up so fast?

  21. Life moves on at a rapid clip, doesn’t it? There’s probably a Joni Mitchell song somewhere that mirrors this phenomena. When I started my current job, I figured I might be there 5 years. That was 28 years ago and counting.

  22. We all have our priorities, as does time itself.

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