20 May 2022

Published May 18, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. (Although I can’t imagine what one would want to use this photo πŸ˜‰ ) It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit.

PHOTO PROMPT Β© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The following story is the first thing that popped into my head and begged to be shared. As you can see, I’m literally seeing double. πŸ˜‰

Genre: Memoir
Word Count: 100


            During the holiday season we exchanged wish lists ahead of time, so no one received a Chia head or underwear they didn’t want. For grins and giggles, we’d add impossible things to our lists.

            During our leanest years my husband would ask for a shoebox full of twenties. That is, until the Christmas the kids and I filled a shoebox with twenty safety pins, twenty pennies, twenty paper clips, and so on.

            The year I finished my first novel, I added to my list, β€œA literary agent with a contract and huge check.”

            And my wish was granted. Sort of.

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Please forgive the fact my story requires this photo to be understood. My very clever son, Travis made this little figurine and is one of my favorite gifts of all time.

70 comments on “20 May 2022

  • Dear Rochelle,

    It would appear a sense of humour has been transferred πŸ˜‰ And, while we see your guy in the original photo, the zooming in is so worthwhile!

    Shalom and lotsa successful love,


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  • I love the creativity and LOVE that flows through this story, Rochelle. Just like your husband, you got exactly what you asked for; just not in the way you expected. So many lessons about wishes and dreams to learn in that.

    And what a picture for us all! So much inspiration, I’m looking forward to reading lots of different stories this week!

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    • Dear Jen,

      It really has been fun to read the responses to cluttered desk. πŸ˜€

      As for the gift from my son. As I opened it and saw that red check, I knew what it was. Travis’ mind works like that and I love it! Guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you.




  • i find buying a gift for someone tough since i can’t always be sure the intended would like it. i guess it’s better to tell everybody to buy their gifts instead. that way, no one will get disappointed. πŸ™‚

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      • So you have the current picture, he is planning to rent out as Santa next holiday season, and he looks the part.
        Asked what wanted for his birthday (or some event gift) he replied a Porsche. He got one, nicely gift wrapped, a pillow that he still has and we all joke about.
        He drives an old, beat up, Honda CRV. He is so NOT the Porsche type. πŸ™‚


  • This is similar to what we d do. Albeit verbally. Two or three choices always makes life so much easier at Christmas or birthdays – especially when it comes to teen grandchildren. What do you get for a sixteen year old boy? Fifteen or sixteen year old girls are hard to find.
    Your son has a wonderful sense of humour…I wonder where he gets it from? 😁
    Oh, I would so love a literary agent with a contract and huge check. Actually, I’d settle for the contract. Preferably for a three-book deal. 🀣

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    • Dear Lyn,

      Oh I have to give my husband a written list or he’d never remember any of it. πŸ˜‰ Teens are hard to buy for. Thank goodness for the almighty gift card. My boys don’t seem to appreciate an original painting or one of Mom’s books. Although my eldest was pretty impressed with my illustrated book.
      Travis does have a brilliant sense of humor. I guess that’s why he’s made a success of being a reality TV writer. (bragging rights πŸ˜‰ )
      You certainly deserve a three-book deal with your magnificent writing prowess. Thank you.



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    • Dear Laurie,

      After all the years of asking for a shoebox full of twenties, I decided he needed have his wish granted….my way. πŸ˜‰ We still laugh about it these many years later. Thank you.



      PS I’m looking at all my little figurines over my computer wondering which one might be an alien. πŸ˜‰


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