Friday Fiction – The Smallest Piece of Big News

I decided I wasn’t going to do FF this week; I was going to share a different picture with you instead. And then I saw this week’s prompt and I couldn’t help it. Rochelle hosts, Douglas M MacIlroy provided the prompt photo. The words (and the second photo) are all mine. Apologies if you find the comparison of the two pictures distasteful!


The Smallest Piece of Big News

(Genre: Creative non-fiction)

“What’s dis?” Sebastian turned the print-out over and over in his hands and I hovered protectively, just as I will in 6 months from now when he’s holding its subject for real.

“It’s going to be your little brother or sister.”

He tried the words, “Brudder,” rhymed with udder, “Orsister.”

“It’s a baby,” I said. “You like babies, don’t you?”

“Baby on the bus, wa wa wa.”

“Yes, and this baby probably will go wa wa wa too,” I laughed, wondering how I was going to cope.

“Mummys on the bus, shh shh shh,” he added, answering my silent dilemma.


Author’s Notes:

In case that leaves any room for doubt, here’s a third and final picture, of Sebastian with his tiny piece of big news. And I can finally explain my appalling lack of blogging, reading, energy and involvement over the past few months by admitting that as well as NaNoWriMo, life and Christmas preparations, exhaustion and nausea have played their part in interrupting my ability to write!IMG_6455


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54 responses to “Friday Fiction – The Smallest Piece of Big News

  1. Unless I’m being a tad dense you’re telling us another Elmo sprog is on the way? If so, congrats 🙂

  2. Alice Murray

    Congrats!! So very happy for you *hugs*

    Sent from my iPad

    Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does. Buddhist Boot Camp


  3. Fiona

    Congratulations!! Love from cousin Fiona, George and Naomi x

    • Thanks! I hope you’re all doing well and Naomi (especially) enjoys Christmas. Sebastian’s definitely starting to ‘get’ it now, although mostly he gets the idea of a chocolate from his calendar being part of breakfast, so I’m dreading Boxing Day!

  4. What a wonderful news.. If I recall correctly Sebastian came about the same time I started to write for FF.. and now a sibling’s on his way.. and it happens that some babies don”t wail .. it has happened… sometimes..

  5. What wonderful news! Thanks for sharing it in your unique way.

  6. From the mouths of … etc. Lovely.

  7. Jen,
    congratulations on the bit of big news. That is a great way to interpret this picture, although I’m guessing your baby will be way cuter. 🙂 Good luck with the holidays and everything. Good to see you around again.

  8. Congratulations! I’d provide a happy dancing emoticon if I could locate one, but as it is, words will have to suffice.

    I’m with David on this–a fun interpretation of the photo as well as a great way to share the news with this particular set of “cyber friends.” And the story is well written too. I especially love the way you capture big brother’s voice.

    All my best wishes for the new year, the new baby and any other new thing coming your way,
    Marie Gail

  9. Sebastian’s voice comes through loud and clear, Jen, and what great news you shared through it! And Christmas is the perfect time for such news. Congratulations!


    • Thanks Janet, I reckon he’ll make a great big brother. I’m hoping the next one is as patient with me learning the ropes all over again.

      • If it’s the same way as it was for us, you do lots of things differently. For example, with our first, we were worried we wouldn’t hear her if she cried, so we left the doors to our room and hers open. With the second, we put her in the crib, closed the doors, and knew we’d hear her if she needed us. 🙂 They’ll be different and fun.

  10. Firstly – congratulations 🙂

    Secondly – nicely written story, I can echo’s of my son when we told him he was getting a sister (he’s now 3, her 1).

    Thirdly – photo comparison – LOL!

  11. Lovely way to share your news, and I loved the T shirt. Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations Jen – wonderful news! I remember that for a long time my son called my daughter ‘dister’ and she called him ‘brudder’.

  13. Dear Jen,

    How fun that you shared your news this way. I like your picture a little better than the prompt. 😉

    I’m smiling all over.

    Congratulations on your new miracle.



  14. Dear Jennifer,

    Sebastian is a lucky boy to have a mom like you. Your new child (congratulations) will have a great older brother and a mom that is easily distracted by the important things in life. I’m happy for you and your growing family and glad that you told us all in this fashion.

    Love and Aloha,


    • Your photo helped no end, Doug. I’d have struggled to call it Friday Fiction if the prompt had been different, or else Rochelle would have had to berate me for linking up a story not connected to the prompt!
      Your kind words make me smile – distracted by the important things in life is a motto I’ll try to remember.

  15. A very sweet story, and congratulations! I love Sebastian’s t-shirt 🙂

  16. Very good! Sure glad it wasn’t about a vampire (just got through reading that story) especially when I saw the word, “baby.”

  17. Oh yes! And, congratulations!! Wonderful news. 🙂

  18. A lovely story – and congratulations. The way children perceive the arrival of new siblings is endlessly amusing and very endearing.

  19. Many congratulations. And the way you shared the news is so interesting

  20. From the mouth’s of babes come real – if often embarrassing or funny or incomprehensible – answers.

  21. Yeeyyy! Congrats to Big Brother and Elmo Mom ! 😀

  22. Congrats on the addition! I enjoyed the dialogue here 🙂

  23. Congratulations on the new member of the family. Must admit to wondering how my own son (2 year old) would take to a new addition to the family. Not yet, but my wife and I have already started talking about it. And a light hearted piece of fiction to boot!

  24. Congratulations. What a wonderful way of breaking the news.

  25. Congratulations, Jen!!! I’m so happy for you. Your story was so wonderful and warmly real. I hope it’s May 2nd, that’s my brother’s birthday. Mine was yesterday, so that ship has sailed. 😀

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