My Loss


Though purchased for me in ‘53

it was chipped as you can see

and I wanted new so I pouted;

“I won’t touch it,” I screamed and shouted.

Sibling one – thought it was fun;

Sibling two – mastering keys, his fingers flew;

Sibling three – practiced with glee;

Sibling four – played a complex score.

—I know now, I didn’t win, as I ponder what might have been.


I’ve been seeing some Three Line Tales, TLT #11; they look fun.  I don’t know much about the origin or the rules, but just had to jump in.  Thanks to here.  This is just fiction, readers.  But some truth to it.  I do have three siblings who are great musicians.  It seems to me that it came easy for them.  Poor me.  No, no, I’m not still pouting.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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18 Responses to My Loss

  1. calensariel says:

    That was really great for a first attempt/1 Well done, Oneta.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Calen. I was giving myself lots of leeway in punctuation. I have seen other compound, complex sentences stretched about as far as one can go so I said, “Me, too.” Oh, no. Bad grammar. I like it better than “I, too,” don’t you?

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    Wow! This may have been fiction, but what a great lesson!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, dawnliz. Maybe a bit of you will rub off on me. Now I have to remember to tie it in real tight with a scripture. Maybe it goes with the one about not starting something if you don’t have means to finish it (Luke 14:28-30). No, No. That isn’t my lesson at all. 😀 I find you so much fun to bounce around scriptures with me.

  3. That is an amazing tale. Sometimes we don’t see what we can do with a thing even if it’s broken until it is a little late. But better late than never! 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Actually my folks did not get a piano until after I married so I didn’t have as much opportunity as my siblings. However, I bought a piano as soon as I retired from teaching, thinking I would at last learn. After that time, it was pure lack of motivation. I still have the piano but no longer dream of ever playing it.

  4. Olga says:

    Love how your separated your wonderful tale into how the different siblings dealt with the piano. There’s a lesson in the last line. Wonderful post! 🙂

  5. wonderful tale as always oneta.

    I finally found a verse I’ve been looking for. If you remember my post on the only begotten son, I believed He became that at the resurection?
    Does this verse help?
    Colossians 1:18
    “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Bill, for the read and comment. Right now I can’t think of the context regarding your scripture. I know I have had questions made to me about the difference in NIV and KJ on John 3:16. . Perhaps this scripture will be helpful in considering that translation difference. I have a friend who hates NIV because of this. I am not troubled by it. Anyway some time I will have a fresher mind to pursue the matter. Thanks for the scripture. I will keep it handy.

  6. Faye says:

    A great lesson in this short story. My biblical suggestion…… don’t worry too much about the different translations of the bible. KNOW the Saviour. KNOW His Presence in and through your life. The Bible is your handbook for life. (birth, death, resurrection and the coming of the Spirit all the intrinsic truths we MUST have in 2016). Thank you for blog.

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Excellent & well ‘played’ my friend. Hugs!

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