PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

In their first stage of being empty-nesters, Clark and Stella looked forward to some rest in their modest but comfortable home on the corner.  Their mutual goal had been to see their children educated and secure.  Cutting corners in their budget was important, but cell phones were a necessity. Text talk was a result.

Completed unexpected, Clark began experiencing medical problems.   After months of treatment, Clark began to improve. Stella texted the kids, “s” AAK. 2G2BT. ADBB. *w* *w*

Pay back time for the lost time she had spent decoding their texts.


Thanks to Rochelle for this picture prompt challenge. What does the picture bring to mind?
Write one hundred-word story to share. You can see how others have dealt with the picture inspiration at https://rochellewisoff.com/

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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23 Responses to TEXT TALK

  1. C.A. Post says:

    Hmm. guessing we’re going to have to wait for the translation?
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

  2. Dale says:

    What c.a.post said!!

  3. James McEwan says:

    LOL. all I got was Two good to be true, the rest is Gobbilygook.
    I laugh when my children say things like “You don’t know!” Get with it.
    Then again, they have never heard of a pay phone or walking to the shops.

    • oneta hayes says:

      decoding above under c.a.post. Yes, we do have some in out “computers” that our kids have missed. I remember how nervous I was the first time I used a dial phone. I was in high school calling my grandmother. 😀

  4. Salvageable says:

    I also picked up “too good to be true,” but I’m puzzling over the rest. Does the last section convey hands raised in prayer/praise? J.

  5. Bill says:

    Such a clever story. Well done.

  6. msjadeli says:

    funny story, Oneta

  7. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

    They are difficult to deciper at times aren’t they? Cute story.

  8. plaridel says:

    i must have been born too early. i couldn’t decipher what the text means. 🙂

  9. Laurie Bell says:

    Ha! Good one. Love text talk

  10. authorfleurl says:

    I didn’t get any of it, so the answer in the first message left me none the wise lol As for texting…I think deciphering a text is like deciphering a teenage boy’s grunt. Depends on the tone and the length…my son was a classic. He still grunts and he’s 28! Love your story!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you. You have a point about the tone and length. Between mother and kids, the texts would be hurried at least. So you have discovered the range of vocabulary in a grunt. And in only 28 years? LOL

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