May 18: Flash Fiction Challenge

Old age.
It comes to us all, and one of my worst nightmares is having my teeth smile at me from a jar!
Thanks Charli. Good prompt this week. I’m on it!

May 18, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a wise story. It can be about wisdom, expressing wisdom or advice for turning 50! It can be a wise-cracking story, too. Go where wisdom leads you.

I was brought up to respect my elders.
In fact, I have always got on better with those some twenty or thirty years older than me, and my first little job at 12 was working with then pensioners who I probably drove mad with my jokes and pop music!
One of the best bits of advice I ever received was from the supervisor I worked with 1980 – 1981. As he was breaking into her car having locked her keys inside, she nudged me, grinned and said
‘Keep him. He’s useful.’
So I did. That was 28 years ago, and I’ve never regretted it.



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to May 18: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. scifihammy says:

    haha Good one 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    Great tale Di..I find as I age the number of older folk to hang out with seems to be diminishing..sad isn’t it..

  3. Norah says:

    I’m pleased the advice has retained its value over the passing years.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    I enjoyed the time I didn’t with old timers as a kid. Most taught me my first history lessons and how to look for evidence of what once was. Glad you got good advice on your “keeper”!

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  6. A lovely post . It seems that respecting your elders definitely brought you rewards [smile].

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