Our place (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Jean L. Hays

Image by Jean L. Hays

‘Can you see the car, George?’

George bounces on the spot and points. ‘Car!’

We’re sitting side by side on the front step. Traffic rumbles past just metres away. Not the best place to bring up children. But you do the best with what you’ve got.

‘Look, George! It’s a truck. Can you say truck?’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘No, not a…’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘Well, close enough.’

My son looks at me with big blue eyes and smiles. I bundle him up in my arms and carry him inside.

Not the best place to bring up children.

But this is our place.


Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island was my 5th book in my 100 book challenge and I’ve written a short review here. For someone who never used to read much (I hear you gasp – a writer who doesn’t like reading!?) I’m actually really enjoying working my way through the list. Check out the 100 book challenge list, and my other reviews, here.

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/2014/11/05/7-november-2014/ 


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49 responses to “Our place (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Aww, this was warm glow time Jessie. Good start to the day. Well done.

  2. Dear Jessie,

    I dare say little George is going to be saying truck in no time as well as V-8, four on the floor, etc etc. Lovely story that left me with a smile.



  3. Very cute story, good work

  4. Cool tale.
    And great when a bus goes past!

  5. Such a simple, beautiful story. Lovely.

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  7. Sweet story, and well written. You brought a good sense of location to the tale.
    Well done.

  8. Great story of love and perseverance, I truly enjoyed it.

  9. Dear Jessie,

    A wonderful tale about making do and the unseen wealth that families with an abundance of love have. Well done.



  10. MrBinks

    Very sweet. 🙂

  11. Sometimes your own place is more important than the perfect place. I like the dialogue here. 🙂

  12. His next new word may be “lemon”.


  13. Nice gentle piece. Clever dialogue.

  14. Sweet piece. I have a friend who reared her 3 kids in a place like this – they’re all charming.

  15. Lovely take on the prompt, Jessie – and yes, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!

  16. Adorable scene and dialogue that any parent can relate to. Now if only I had little kids again that age! They grow up too damn fast.

  17. Sweet, Jess. Just plain nice! I could see that little guy and his chubby little arm pointing. You really DO the best with what you have. Same for your writing. Marvelous!

  18. Exactly. So very gentle, kind and true.

  19. Sweetly told, and wonderfully descriptive. The interaction between mother and child is so dead on. Nice job, Jess!

  20. Lovely intimacy ~ Mum and George sharing and caring during unrepeatable days ❤️

  21. Home is where the heart is. Sweet story.

  22. This reminds me of when my boy was little and he would hear the sirens and scream Fire Fuck!

  23. Endearing characters, and a lovely story. Heartwarming.

  24. Beautiful slice of urban living, Jessie.

    Marie Gail

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