If you read Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist or saw the movie, you no doubt remember what happened to that poor boy when he asked for a second helping of gruel in the workhouse. Well, here’s what happened one time when I asked for seconds. Fortunately, my consequences weren’t as severe as Oliver’s, but later, I felt bad for using the wrong word.
In the summer of 1971, when I was ten years old, my father and I were traveling from our home in Tucson, Arizona, to Sheridan, Wyoming, to visit my grandmother, and we’d stopped in Laramie to spend the night with an uncle, aunt, and cousins. My aunt fixed this wonderful dish of noodles, beef, and vegetables. After I ate my first helping, much to my aunt’s mock dismay and my cousins’ amusement, I asked, “Could I please have some more of that junk?”
Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt for this week in which the given word is “junk.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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