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100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Wk#38 – Prompt: “I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you – “Tough Times”

29 Apr

Have you had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong?

I was late but it wasn’t my fault. Someone had thought it funny to trip me when I was carrying a drink. Work was already waiting when I sat at my desk.

When I had a break, I barely had time to have something to eat and have a drink because I had to stop friends fighting. The afternoon was no better.

Now I’m home.

“Are you all right?” It was her.

I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you please, mummy.”

Life can be hard when you’re five and have to go to school.

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6 responses to “100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Wk#38 – Prompt: “I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you – “Tough Times”

  1. jfb57

    April 30, 2012 at 02:21

    Oh this is precious Ross. I’m a great fan of Alexander McCall Smith who writes about a six year old called Bertie & this is just the sort of day he has to contend with. Fabulous!

     
    • Ross Mannell

      May 3, 2012 at 20:21

      Thanks for the comment.

      Children may have different problems in their days but life isn’t always carefree for them. I can remember overhearing a young student recount their day in similar tones. It made me smile because his mother fixed the problem with a hug. 🙂

       
  2. annahalford (@anhalf)

    April 30, 2012 at 02:30

    I really liked how this was told from the child’s perspective; I was trying to guess whose voice it was, but was still guessing until you said. Nicely done :O)

     
    • Ross Mannell

      May 3, 2012 at 20:19

      Thanks for the comment.

      Many years of teaching young children always has me slanting my writing towards them. The idea was to have people thinking an adult might be recounting a day’s work when it’s a child. 🙂

       
  3. Mike

    April 30, 2012 at 17:36

    Yes, yes, yes! That’s so true. Took me right back to my childhood.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      May 3, 2012 at 20:16

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’ve heard people reminisce about the carefree days of childhood but children will tell you they also have cares. 🙂

       

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