Why? #FlashFiction

“Why?” a whiny voice behind me continued.
I had no need to turn around.
I knew exactly who it was.
The voice had been grating on my nerves all day.
Everything I said or did elicited the same response.
“Pudding pie.” I answered, calmly at first.
“In the sky.” This rhyming game was quite fun.
“Flying high.” Plenty of words to use yet.
“With a guy.” Huh, what?
“In a tie.” Scraping the barrel here now.
“Beginning to cry.” (So am I).
“I cannot lie.” I really can’t.
“He may just die…”
“And so might I…”
“Why?” A pause. No reply.
“Mummy, why?” Still nothing.
“Mummy? Mummy! Please don’t die!”
Her sobs brought me back to earth with a bump. I rushed to embrace her.
“Don’t be a silly sausage! Of course I won’t die! Sorry sweetheart, Mummy’s just a little tired…”

#AmWriting new

A little piece I wrote the other day, dedicated to all those mothers of young children, who plough on, regardless, trying to keep their kids happy, and not show the world they are exhausted.

In the end, it starts to creep into life, that tiredness, but the love of those little beings, devoted to you, gives you the energy to keep on…

Could it be? My Blo-Jo is coming back…?

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 19:50:45

    Hey, great! All to only one word. You can become a preacher too. 😉 Have a good weekend (and save the birds.) Michael

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  2. dornahainds
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 17:56:05

    Marvelous storytelling, as always. 😎🥀

    Why?! Such a simple word, but with countless complexities. 😎🥀



  3. a mindful traveler
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 07:00:31

    I just love the curiosity of young kids….bring on that blo-jo Ritu! 🙂

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  4. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 19:36:05

    Sweet from beginning to end. 🙂 (welcome back blo-jo!!)

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  5. Em Linthorpe
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 19:34:42

    Aw I feel this so much! I haven’t quite got to the “why?” stage yet but I just had my “are we nearly there yet?”at the weekend, so it can’t be too far away!

    And welcome back blo-jo!! I feel like teasing it out with some tasty treats and not wanting to scare it away 😲😂 xx

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  6. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 18:33:05

    This makes me smile. Reminds me a bit of Princess Bride when they are rhyming.

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  7. A Girl and Her Passport
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 18:27:05

    I hope it’s coming back!

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  8. josypheen
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 18:23:28

    Yaaay! Welcome back Ritu’s blo-jo!!
    (That sounds far dirtier than it should considering this is such a sweet post!!)

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Jennie
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 13:40:41


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  11. susieshy45
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 02:30:51

    Is she still at that age ?
    big hugs to you too.

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    • Ritu
      Jul 05, 2018 @ 05:31:32

      No Susie… This was just a flash inspired by young kids curiosity and how frustrating it can be, however cute it looks to an outsider. I see it daily with my nursery class but my own… She’s 10 going on 16!!! 🤪

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  12. scr4pl80
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 01:39:17

    Yep. Your way is more fun than my “because I said so!”

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  13. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 04, 2018 @ 23:55:14

    Has me smiling because I am certain I was one of those rather curious children…

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  14. timkeen40
    Jul 04, 2018 @ 23:35:57

    A father of three, all of his kids now close to grown, shares your pain, but I can’t complain. My wife did more work than I. A shout out to all the mothers.

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