See me? Bottom shelf, first book, broken, crinkled spine. Bought used. One person read me a lot of times. (tee-hee) I even replaced Gone With the Wind. Of course, it had no graphic sex scenes. I came along in the sixties. Before that, women were still looking for men who respected them. I presented a challenge – and won.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover took me down. I haven’t watched the trends much. I noticed Mistress has “Two Sides of Gray.” Mistress sticks it under the pillow when the kids come in.

Kids? They are much faster; they just hit a new tab.


Join the challenge. Fun to see how others look at what is happening in the prompt. I ignored the cat but he probably get to see lots of stories. Come along with me; let’s go see.

One hundred word picture prompt story presented by
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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

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. neilmacdon says:

    Lovely idea. I think there were some pretty raunchy books before the 60s.

  2. jillyfunnell says:

    The voice is great – I really like the way you’ve made the book speak.

  3. Laurie Bell says:

    Hahahaha genius!
    Love this. Only the cats know the truth. Always check the bottom shelf of bedroom bookcases!

  4. Margaret says:

    It’s fascinating to contemplate our changing ideas about what is and isn’t acceptable in literature and the arts generally. Thought-provoking story with an inventive approach. I like the close – an accurate picture of our times.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, I’m not sure we adults are setting proper standards for either cats or kids. Now I’m not suggesting we try to change the personalities of our cats, but maybe our kids could use a bit of time and attention.

  5. James McEwan says:

    I liked how you showed us how attitudes to reading have changed. Many of today’s readers want everything spelled out for them in great detail, whereas some readers like to interpret the story from their own point of view and experience.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Referencing my interaction with Neil above. Someplace there came a boundary which was moved in what was acceptable (made public) or hidden. Evil/sin has abounded throughout the ages, but is not always sanctioned by the government, media, churches, etc.

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