April 18: Flash Fiction Challenge – Gender

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt this week:

April 18, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about gender. It can be fixed or fluid. Explore the topic on your own terms and open your mind to possibilities and understanding. Go where the prompt leads!

East to West – Which Gender is the Best?

“Hmmm, what is it?”
“Not what. Who!”
“Huh?”
“It’s the scan picture! There. That’s your grandchild right there!”
“Looks like an alien.”
“Well, we all know where the weirdness will have come from, Dad!”
“So, a he or she?”
“Does it matter?”
“No, not to me. Just as long as the child is healthy and happy, that’s all that matters. But you know what the rest of the family will be like…”
“I know, they’ll all want a boy. Typical Indian families.”
“Gender doesn’t make someone right or wrong, it’s their actions. Teach your child well. Make me proud.”

Ritu 2019

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Norah
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 12:16:59

    The wisdom of the last speaker is best. 🙂

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  3. Charli Mills
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 04:12:38

    I love the banter between family members, and the final bit of advice.

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  4. papershots
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 09:38:29

    So true. The way it should be, but often isn’t.

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 03:03:44

    That’s all that matters. True that.

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  6. Violet Lentz
    Apr 21, 2019 @ 12:28:17

    I think male offspring is a universal preference. Why i do not know as few of us need help in the fields any more.. Excellent write, Ritu.

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  7. willowdot21
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 22:55:17

    Life is strange , I agree with Erika, my mum had more girls than boys while she longed for boys… I had three boys , lost two girls possibly three …also two grandsons… At least our dog is female. 🤭🤭🤭

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  8. Erika Kind
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 21:51:28

    I think even though people don’t say it is important which gender the child has, in many minds there is still the hope for a specific one.

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  9. Jennie
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 20:06:02

    I loved this, Ritu, especially the end! 😍

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  10. robertawrites235681907
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 18:54:37

    African people like to have boys too, Ritu. When I had my two boys, the African ladies in my office said I was a very good wife.

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  11. macalder02
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 17:13:12

    You meet the challenge with a lesson of height for the family. You are well presented.

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  12. Book Club Mom
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 16:33:22

    That’s the key – love them all!

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  13. syl65
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 15:55:02

    Love your children and let them know they are precious from the start.

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  14. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 14:27:03

    Teach your children well! for sure

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  15. chris jensen
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 14:10:03

    i thought i would try a story challenge,

    https://deletedangel.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/am-i-a-boy-or-girl/

    only makes sense you follow for some reason maybe i should pay more attention to yoiu….

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  17. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 13:47:08

    Wonderful story. As new born children most of em looking like aliens. 😉 Here in the region alsways the birth weight was important too. As long as they bought not to much boy clothes for the unborn “Ritu-boy”, it seems OK. Lol Oh my dear Sis, can not really imagine you as a men. Lol Michael

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  18. H.R.R. Gorman
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 13:06:08

    “It looks like an alien.”

    Haha, that would be a surprise!

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  19. joylennick
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 12:23:15

    Thank you, Ritu. Well said. Gender shouldn’t matter a toss to a mother. When I had my third son, someone said: “Oh, you must be so disappointed.” I could have slugged the woman…..(and I’m a pacifist!) The ‘fist’ part of the word may have spurred me on… x

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    • Ritu
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 12:27:45

      When I was born, a woman in the family started lamenting that it was such a shame I hadn’t been a boy, since my maternal grandmother had flown to the UK From Kenya to help my mum.
      My Pops had a go at her and told her she should be ashamed to even think like that, being a woman herself.
      Going on, he distributed sweets to the family, usually only done for boys at that time, over 40 years ago.
      I’m just glad times have changed enough that younger generations are celebrating a baby’s birth, not just a boys!

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  20. niasunset
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 12:02:15

    Yes, make proud… beautiful dear Ritu. Thank you, Love, nia

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