July 4: Flash Fiction Challenge – Poor Old Michael Finnegan

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt this week:

July 4, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using your choice of microhistory from Keweenaw National Historic Park. Be historical, funny, or flagrantly fictional. Choose a character, time, place, or event. Be as creative as you want in telling the story (for those doing serials, how can you meld this into your own storyline?). Go where the prompt leads!

The Tale of Michael Finnegan
“There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He grew whiskers on his chinnegan
Along came the wind and blew them inegan
Poor old Michael Finnegan, beginegan!”

 
The strains of the rhyme reached Michael’s ears, and he smiled, rubbing his hairless chin.
It had been no secret that he’d never been able to grow a beard.
At first, it frustrated him. No one took him seriously.
This fresh-faced whippersnapper, arriving from Ireland, wanting to do business.
And the kids made up this silly rhyme that used to annoy him.
Not now.
Beard or no beard, he’d made his fortune!

Read about the real Michael Finnegan here.

I used to sing that rhyme as a child so much! Have you heard it before?

28 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Kerry E.B. Black
    Jul 08, 2019 @ 04:59:39

    Adorable!

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  3. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jul 06, 2019 @ 20:18:32

    Well doine, now Sis, the teacher in you “plopped up”. 😉 The first lines are a Limerick. I am right? Thank you for the interesting lesson. Michael

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  4. Book Club Mom
    Jul 06, 2019 @ 01:59:02

    I know it well!

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  5. willowdot21
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 23:06:01

    I remember this one from my childhood and I also remember singing it to the boys too 🙂🙂

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  6. Erika Kind
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 20:13:49

    Haha, I never heard that rhyme before. Too funny and I can imagine how much fun it is for a child.

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  7. syl65
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 16:32:26

    This was fun and a great combination Sister 💜😀

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  8. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 15:16:52

    What fun! Having spent many a happy hour in the Keweenaw… this made me smile big, just like being there does

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  9. Norah
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 13:12:44

    I enjoyed your story, Ritu. A great way to combine the song and the history. It makes me wonder. As an early childhood teacher, the song is very familiar to me. I also enjoyed listening to the Wiggles. They’re from Down Under, of course. 🙂

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  10. H.R.R. Gorman
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 13:03:47

    So cool that there’s a real guy behind it all! 🙂

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  11. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 05, 2019 @ 05:10:54

    I have not heard this before, Ritu. I will ask my mom, but I doubt she knows it as she shares everything she knows with me. Nice post.

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