First Line Friday: May 21, 2021

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Your line for this week is:

A perfectly brewed cup of tea can’t fix everything.

‘A perfectly brewed cup of tea can’t fix everything,’ Patsy moaned, ‘even when it’s served in a china cup.’
‘Come on dear, it’s not as bad as all that. Sit down beside me and tell me what’s wrong’.
Eileen listened to her teenage granddaughter complaining about school, her parents, and boys, all the while stirring her own tea with a tiny silver spoon despite the fact she hadn’t added any sugar.
Patsy placed the delicate cup on its saucer and flopped back against the ample cushions.
‘It just isn’t fair,’ she said. ‘I hand in my assignments on time but get no recognition or a decent grade, help out around the house to earn my allowance and now that idiot Simon has ditched me for the new girl who has hair down to her waist and legs that overtake it in the opposite direction. We’d been dating for a month!’
Eileen put down her own cup and gathered Patsy in her arms.
‘Now don’t you worry,’ she said. ‘Homework will sort itself out and you haven’t actually failed anything have you?’
Patsy shook her head and sniffed into a tissue.
‘And helping your Mom round the house gives her more time to visit your Dad in hospital. Isn’t he coming home next week?’
Patsy nodded.
‘And you’re well shot of Simon as he’s a fickle chancer and there are better fish in the sea. Once the novelty wears off,  he’ll soon grow tired of being one of Nicola’s many admirers. Besides, she’s extremely vain and when his acne begins to flare up, she won’t want to know. Kisses will certainly be off the menu.’
Patsy looked at her grandmother.
‘Simon doesn’t have acne…………..’
‘Drink your tea dear,’ she said picking up her own cup with a wink and a smile.
‘There’s a lot to be said over a perfect cup of tea……..’

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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15 Responses to First Line Friday: May 21, 2021

  1. Very sweet story 🙂

  2. murisopsis says:

    Haha! Grandmother knows!! That acne will get them all – eventually…. even the new girl!

  3. Sadje says:

    Nice story. Tea does fix quite a few problems

  4. quiall says:

    Love this! A perfectly brewed cup of tea may not fix everything but it makes you feel like you can.

  5. I love this little story! Always wondered what it would’ve been like to have a grandmother. Very well done!

    • Thanks Susan. I didn’t know either of my grandmothers because they died before I was born, but I was blessed to know my paternal great grandparents, He was a 6’7 giant and she was about 4′ nothing but she ruled the roost and was a crack shot with a tea towel! They were a wonderful couple. Our dollies were the best dressed in town as she was a seamstress and we always had new frocks when she came to stay.

  6. Carol anne says:

    A grandmothers advice is always the best advice!

  7. Delightful. Karma is coming!

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