Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Centus #23~ Doing Dishes

I am linking to Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. It is a themed writing meme. You can use UP to 100 words (not including the prompt) to tell your story. You cannot use pictures to illustrate your story. It can be fact or fiction.

This week’s prompt is: "If I had a hammer".....



My father went to garage sales a lot in his elderly years. Mom being kind hearted, never said much to discourage him. I think she enjoyed her alone time while he was gone. While visiting one Saturday morning, I saw mom break a dirty plate with a hammer, and smile as she dropped the pieces into the waste bin.

“Why are you doing this?” I asked.

“Don’t worry; your father can buy more” she replied.

Now as I stand here over my kitchen sink washing dishes, looking over at my husband relaxing comfortably in front of the TV, I wish "If I had a hammer"……


20 comments:

Viki said...

Uh oh, another one wanting to hammer someone lol. I guess the prompt just brings that out in us, ha, ha.

Anna said...

This is the first 'If-I-had-a-hammer-text' that I am reading. I am really excited about this prompt because it could be interpreted many ways. Here is the wish to distroy a plate rather than washing it. It is something daring and forbidden. Most people are careful about their china because they don't have enough money to replace it. This text shows a different attitude to possessions. They are to be used and thrown away.
Interesting take.
Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's SC Week 23

Tracy said...

I amnot liking all the hammer stories well I am just bit violent good use

My name is PJ. said...

I adore the apparent love between the parents! That's what stood out for me the most. Lovely!

Sue said...

Another TV breakin' wife, huh? I think our feelings about husbands and their relationships with TV have been outed today.

;)

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Oh, that's why a woman invented the hammer. It all makes sense! Thanks, Ames, for making me smile with another fantastic post!
xoRobyn

Cheryl said...

The earlier part of this piece really captured my heart. The ending has me a little worried!

Terra said...

Please tell me you're gonna break the plates.

Susannah said...

Now that's the way to do the dishes! lol


mine's here - http://panopticulated.blogspot.com/2010/10/if-i-had-hammer-inspired-by-saturday.html

Ames said...

I have to laugh at this! After reading comments left on my post I took a survey. So far 1/3 of you think I want to take a hammer to my husbands head. NOT! Another 1/3 of you aren't sure if the post is about doing dishes or hammering my husband. The final 1/3 actually understood my intent. And that is that I want to break a few dishes of my own. You know...get out of doing the dirty deed! :D Hugs to everyone of you. Thanks for stopping by. ~Ames

Judie said...

I could really get on the dishwashing "If I Had A Hammer."

razzamadazzle said...

What a great solution to dirty dishes! Great one.

Teresa

jfb57 said...

Good take on the prompt! A way to get more crocks eh!

Deborah said...

LOL ... I loved this, great SC :o)

Deb said...

I have a sink full of dishes right now that I could use the hammer on!

gautami tripathy said...

I love dark!

that hammer

Kat said...

I loved this. I wonder if this would work for a dirty house LOL. Kat

CCC said...

I thought she broke the dish because she loved her husband and he liked to go to garage sales and buy things and it was her way of giving him a reason to go. It was an act of love, no? Compared with a husband who was maybe a little lazy and made her wish for a hammer for a different reason. I liked what looked to me like a contrast between marriages.

cj Schlottman said...

man, does this centus ring true! after my husband died last year, i bought small smashable items at the dollar store just so i would have things to break with a hammer. when my anger level reached critical mass, i would wrap my victims in paper and smash them to smitherines! (it helped).

can't believe i wrote such a lame centus when i had a real story to tell.

thanks for a well written and thoughtful post..........cj

Jenny said...

Oh, I love the theme and direction of this prompt. This was really sweet and tender and awesome and amazing, and... and...

all I can hope is that my husband smashes all my dishes...what fun that would be to hunt out more!

Thanks for linking.

Loved this use of the prompt.