He was a very demanding man, not easy to live with. “I only ask that things be done right,” he’d say. Expecting perfection and hard work from everyone, especially his wife, he rarely made mistakes himself. “Attention to detail!” his battle cry.

Here’s a detail she noticed that morning. He left the gate open. That’s right. Upon leaving after mending a nesting box, he left the gate open.

She did her chores; hung the wash, picked beans, sat on the front porch to snap them, all the while watching the hens, one after the other, sashaying down the road.


This week, August 24, 2017, Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch would have us considering escape in 99 words (no more, no less) . Chickens came to mind.


14 thoughts on “Sashay

  1. I love the thought of the hens sashaying out the gate while she quietly goes about her day, complacent, as if nothing untoward has occurred. It could be an interesting scene in the evening when he returns home. If he remembers to. I wonder what’s going on with him.

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    • He made a mistake, that’s all. People do. Of course his mistake wasn’t in leaving the gate open, but in closing doors on his wife who is now unwilling to let the matter of the gate go, even if it means letting the hens go.
      Thanks for the visit. (No points today, sorry)

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      • Okay. Pleased to hear there’s nothing sinister going on in his memory. Not so good the treatment of his wife though. I think it’s you who deserves the points. 🙂


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