His parents knew the importance of providing their only child with a creative outlet. They filled his playroom with a drum kit, a guitar, an oboe and a double bass.
The first time he picked up the drumsticks his parents watched with keen interest.
A ray of sunshine hit the brass cymbals and reflected a distorted image of the room around him: the guitar, the oboe, the double bass and his parents’ beaming faces.
He lowered his drumsticks and turned to his parents.
He knew he needed to capture that moment.
‘Mum, Dad, I want to be a painter.’
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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/10-october-2014/
55 responses to “Proud parents (Friday Fictioneers)”
I laughed out loud. There’s an old Yiddish saying, “People make plans, God laughs.” At least these parents gave him opportunities. 😉
BTW, the music room in the photo belongs to my eldest son. It was our bedroom when we stayed with him this summer. This is only one small corner of it.
Wow Rochelle! Your son certainly didn’t choose to become a painter then 😉 you must be very proud.
The best laid plans of mice and men ….
Thank you for stopping by and having a chortle 🙂
I have to give a great chuckle on this one. I wonder if you will ever find your perfect vocation. (Your writing is gaining momentum, though) Lots of love, Dad
Thanks Dad! I love that you follow my blog and also that you let me try so many different things growing up. Writing seems to be the one that sticks though!
ha ha, nicely done.
This reminded me of the time I asked mum and dad for a cello. Didn’t last long.
And you didn’t become an international cello star? Surely not!?
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Ha, yes sometimes the best-lines plans find other outlets.. I hope painting will work out.
It will work out, if only for a short time 🙂
Seems like were were in a similar mindset this week. As long as we’re being creative, it’s all good! 🙂 Loved your story.
Yes we were! Thank you for reading and for you lovely comment!
nice story, gave me a chuckle
Glad it could make you laugh 🙂
And then they’ll get him an easel and paints, and he’ll want to be an actor. Sigh…
Haha so true, Helena!
Lol. Have to admit my response would be…’at least give music a chance !’
You can lead a horse to water…
Hah! I laughed at this one. Very good.
Thanks Claire, glad it had that response 🙂
Ha! Ha! That’s SO funny. Well done!
Glad you thought so! 🙂
Of course he does . . .
Thanks for the read, MG 🙂
Yep–That’s how it works. Well done!!
Thanks so much 🙂 It sure does.
Good take on the prompt. My favorite line is the last.
Thanks Cole 🙂 I love trying to work out the perfect last line in Friday Fictioneers.
Dear Jessie – How absolutely perfect! What a good story. Thanks, Nan 🙂
Thank you, Nan, so glad you thought so!
Sounds like my kid — had to laugh!
Haha, glad you could connect with the story
And all it took was a flash of light on a shiny cymbal. Mum and Dad could have saved themselves a fortune. Great story.
Haha, Marg – they sure could have!!!
Well written Jessie, with humour (or despair) that all parents can relate to!
Thanks, Maree. I’m glad you could relate to my story 🙂
Alas, we can only provide the canvas… our kids have their own destinies to fulfill. Nice story, Jess.
That’s right 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
At least she still pressed for the Fine Arts! Very good one!
Greetings from Greece!
Maria (MM Jaye)
Thank you Maria! Yes, hopefully they’ll still be happy with the choice of art.
I like that unexpected twist. If he takes inspiration from even that, he is probably a born artist.
Let’s hope so! Thanks David.
Let’s hope his parents sold all the musical stuff and bought paints!
And then he’ll go and say he wants to play music… no doubt
That was a fun twist there. 🙂
Thanks, I’m glad you thought so 🙂
And, doesn’t something like this happen to parents? It happened to mine! Please consider joining in on Mondays Finish the Story! 🙂
Yes, I’m pretty sure it happened to mine and it will no doubt happen to me 🙂 I’ll check out your link.
Hahaha! The best laid plans mice and men. Well, not really. If he had not seen the image from playing the drums, there would have been no artist.
That’s right 🙂 An expensive way to get the creative juices flowing, but at least he now knows what he wants (for now)
This is what parents do though. We try to open our children to all the possibilities so that they can find their true calling. I’d say this is successful parenting!
Thanks Dawn 🙂 Glad you thought so!
Well done, nice with the ray of sunshine triggering him to wanting to be a painter! Loving it ! v
Thanks for your lovely comment!