Dear Dad:

Surprised to hear from me, Steve here? Been a long time. It is time for us to settle our differences. You were wrong about that…

I wonder where the stamps are.

Dad, I have harbored …

Post-it notes. Scissors. Staples. Paper clips.

bad feelings over the years the guilt which you bad feelings about ….

Pens, pencils, erasers.

I want to apologize but you …..

Scotch Tape. Story ideas.

You misunderstood. I did not…


Wife: Did you write the letter?

Steve: Not quite, but the desk is organized.


PHOTO PROMPT @ Jan Wayne Fields

One hundred word story written for Rochelle’s picture prompt.

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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  1. Janis says:

    At least, something good came about… ❤️

  2. neilmacdon says:

    I can see his problem. Each of those beginnings leads to a different continuation.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the alternation between blaming and wanting to apologize. At least Steve realizes he should write the letter.

  4. Yinglan says:

    Haha, I’ve had many of those moments before when I’m trying to write a short story but my brain wants to do something else. 😀 Enjoyed this one.

  5. Dora says:

    There’s so much that gets done when there’s something else you’re trying to avoid doing!

  6. James McEwan says:

    Yep, we either put off what needs to be done or else just take ages by finding distractions more interesting.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the comment, James. Distractions, yes. I went over to read your FF. I don’t know that I have ever read 100 words of fiction that held so much emotional impact.

  7. It sounds like he’s a stress cleaner.
    It works to keep everything tidy.
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

  8. msjadeli says:

    Nice distraction from reality for him.

  9. A very creative story, Oneta. An important letter he is avoiding writing. We can always find distractions for the things we do not want to do.

  10. Sandra says:

    Procrastination is the thief of time, but at least the intention is there. I’m not sure it will be fulfilled, though. Great take.

  11. Michael Humphris says:

    It is not easy to write that type of letter. For me letter writing is much much harder than writing flash🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Especially true because Flash can be written at the computer. I really dislike my handwriting now at my age. But the words can be hard when one has to admit liability for some issue. Pride keeps trying to make “me” not look too bad. 😀

  12. rogershipp says:

    Why are apoligies so difficult? Well done!

  13. Katherine says:

    Aww, this is so cute and nice at the same time. Well, sometimes we have to face our fears, whether we like it or not. 🙂

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