26 July 2013

Published July 24, 2013 by rochellewisoff


As always, writers are encouraged to be as innovative as possible with the prompt and 100 word constraints. 

Henry David Thoreau said it best.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”



Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count. However, I respectfully ask for your consideration. Please refrain from taking the  liberty of posting 200 words or more as a Friday Fictioneers story. Thank you.)


Make every word count.


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Genre: Humor

Word Count: 99

My offering this week is a little lighter than my usual bill of fare and is based on fact.  Although I’ve taken some liberties with this one, the conversation did happen. Some things you just can’t make up.  With special thanks to my dear friend and confidante, Jeannie. 


            My sister is my best friend, confidante, and hero.

            Deserted by a waste-of-skin husband, she single-handedly raised three rational children and runs a successful business.

            Yet, she seems to live in a world all her own. Maybe it’s oxygen deprivation. Mom says the doctor had trouble getting Liz to breathe at birth.

             I’ll never forget one particular phone call.

            “Gina! I’m mad as hell!”

            “What’s wrong?”

            “It’s my chicken salad.”

            “Chicken jump out of the bowl?”

            “Very funny, Smarty-pants. I opened the can and it’s tuna! The label clearly says ‘Chicken’—”

            “Of the Sea?”

            “How did you know?”   

Jeannie and Me

Jeannie and me.

For my friends across the pond who aren’t familiar with Chicken of the Sea tuna:

116 comments on “26 July 2013

  • Not read it yet as like to write a flash first but in scrolling ‘Chicken of the Sea’ is something many people in the UK are familiar with from all the USA TV we get to view! 🙂 It wont be lost in translation with your helpful jpeg!


    • Dear David,

      That’s funny. Personally I’d have preferred the tuna when I was a kid. However the canned variety can’t hold a candle to the fresh seared Ahi version. Glad you liked my story.

      The truth of the tale made it fun to write.




    • Dear Sandra,

      I was actually a little hesitant to post this because it is a change for me. I’m happy you’re entertained by it. It’s even funnier to me knowing the real Lizzie.




  • “What’s the best tuna? Chicken of the Sea?” I do remember that and the accompanying music. 🙂 I like waste-of-skin, too, as well as the light-hearted humor (and yes, I know you do that sometimes.) 🙂

    As to why “Chicken-of-the-Sea”, I found this online:

    “Back in 1914, when the company was known by another name, we were the first to can ‘light’ tuna,” Chicken of the Sea senior vice president of marketing Don George told Simpson. “So consumers would know to expect a mild-flavored white fish — that tasted similar to chicken — the company marketed it under the name Chicken of the Sea. It was such a success that the company eventually adopted the product name.”

    And though I squirm to even have inadvertently gotten any information from Jessica Simpson, here’s where I got that: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1479860/simpson-solves-tuna-mystery.jhtml.



  • LOL made me smile 🙂 and I remember that product, i thought it was a pretty weird name for tuna and i was like, why couldn’t they just call it, well… tuna. 🙂


  • I’ve never seen the product so I’m glad of the explanation, but a great laugh nonetheless. Poor Lizzie, although I’m not sure chicken out of a can is ever going to enhance a salad!
    As ever, Rochelle, you are an inspiration – you take that picture out of the box, stamp on the box and chuck it in the garbage, then go with whatever’s left where the box started!


  • I confess, I couldn’t help but think of my sister in your story. She’s very intelligent, but sometimes little things will slip her up like that. Especially with food. … it helped that her name happens to be Gina 😉


    • Dear Ron,

      Now that you mention it, I’ve been accused of being a mermaid or at least part fish. The story is a genuine sibling exchange, just not my sibling. ;). I’ll keep your advice in mind. Personally I prefer seared tuna or tuna sashimi to the canned variety.




  • Your story was great. I got a laugh out of it. I remember that commercial!
    Thank you again, Rochelle, for making this FF available. I enjoyed the “stretch” on this one.


    • Dear Chris,

      I’m glad you liked my story. This one was a stretch for me. I don’t usually write humor so it was a bit out of my comfort zone.
      FF is one of my passions. At the expense of sounding melodramatic, it’s been a life changing experience for me.
      As for stretch…you certainly were up for it. Electrifying story!




      • I know the feeling of getting out there and doing FF stories. I’m doing a ton of them now. Just needed a break. I know you have a million entries or so, but there are a lot of FF challenges out there. I think I did three today. I’m not sure. bit fuzzy right now.
        Well, until next time…




    • Dear Patti,

      Thank you for commenting. The true fun in this one for me is that it’s based on facts and I’ve met the real “Lizzie”. In fact she’s “met” me for the first time at least three times. No lie. Truth is funnier than fiction in this case.




    • Dear Randy,

      I thought this one was right up your alley. Glad you liked it. Your sister sounds…um…entertaining. I don’t have a sister so I borrowed the story from my friend Jeannie whose sister is blonde.




    • Dear Valerie,

      I’m so pleased that you came by. They say laughter is the best medicine and you never know when you’ll be called upon with a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna. The most amusing part of this story is the truth of it. My friend really had this conversation with her sister.




  • A funny one! This tagline is one of those that’s struck me as missing the mark… and then there’s the confusion it creates! And, man, what a descriptive comment with “waste-of-skin.” Says so much with a small amount of words.


    • Dear Joanna,

      Glad you liked the story. A picture is worth a thousand words and in this case a good thing since we’re not all Americans here. When you grow up with a product that has a household name, you don’t realize that it’s not so in the rest of the world.




  • LOL! That’s a hilarious one! And just as I’m preparing a Vacation Bible School lesson on Jonah and the Whale….what a hoot! Will try to get back with a story after VBS this afternoon. Teaching crafts to ages 3-11 in a one room school…Man, I LOVE it! 🙂


    • Glad you liked it Jackie. I was a bit nervous about posting this one since it’s a bit of a depart from what I usually write. Happily it seems to have hit the target. Thank you for your kind words.




    • Dear Patrick,

      It seems there’s been a bit of a cultural divide on this one. Happy to educate, even if it is in a small, useless way. 😉 Glad you took the time to swing by and comment.




  • Rochelle,
    That’s funny! I can see why one might be confused by the “Chicken of the Sea.” Commercial is a kick, too, and I bet wouldn’t be aired today. I’m guessing it’s from awhile back. Great story!


    • Dear Bumble B,

      I think You Tube said the commercial was from the 80’s. If you knew Lizzie you’d see that she’s confused most of the time. Therein lies her charm. Thanks for dropping by. It’s good to see you again.




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