#99Word Stories; Dishes & #SSS; Blur

The January 30, 2023 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about the dishes. It can be the every-single-day activity, a precious collection, or any other interpretation of dishes as objects or activities. Who is stuck with the dishes and why? Go where the prompt leads! Submit at Carrot Ranch by February 4, 2022.

These two scenes feature characters who debuted in The Verge and who have shown up for Six Sentences and 99 word challenges off and on. The word from Denise for this week’s Six Sentence challenge is “blur”. Link HERE to join in.

Breaking Tradition (99 words) by D. Avery

“House warming gift,” Aunt Helen said.  Daddy lifted paper from the box.

“You said you could use some dishes.”

“Momma’s China set! We were never allowed to touch these. I don’t think they ever got used.”

“Not even at Christmas.”

“What am I supposed to do with these?”

“Use them!”

“What if they break?”

“What if?” And Aunt Helen raised a plate over her head and smashed it down on the floor! “I’m not going to be stuck with these dishes.” She let me break one too.

“Every day,” she said, looking right at me, “Is to be celebrated.”

Seeing Straight  (Six sentences in 99 words) by D. Avery

Me and Aunt Helen picked up takeout while Daddy walked to the package store, then we set the little table in our new apartment with those fancy dishes. We shared lo mein out of a dish Helen called a tureen and we all drank out of tea cups with saucers.

Katie called and Daddy told us that Katie said dirtying dishes missed the point of takeout. Helen laughed and said that was the point. She laughed even more when Daddy said Katie said he was blurring his words.

“Splained it’s a family celebration of clean slates and dirty dishes.”

Be sure to go to Carrot Ranch to read the complete Optimism” collection from last week. And there’s always the Ranch Yarns with Kid and Pal’s responses HERE.

24 thoughts on “#99Word Stories; Dishes & #SSS; Blur

  1. Excellent! Yes, use the dishes.

    A friend of mine inherited her mother-in-law’s china hutches and buffets full of dishes and linens, all pristine and beautiful and with labels which read, “Do Not Use! Saved For Good!”

    She never got any good out of them, but her daughter-in-law did, celebrating every day.

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  2. Love it! Every day is to be celebrated. It is better to use than to keep only for special occasions and never have one of those. Having said that, I do have some dishes that I really love and use on ‘special’ occasions, but that’s because I have many for every day use which are easier to access. It is nice to have a few ‘special’ things to make an occasion feel even more ‘special’.

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  3. I had a doll that was gifted to me that my mother never let me play with because it might have been spoilt. I cheered as I read your two-part story. Yes, break those plates to show they’re only as good as they can be enjoyed to the full! 🙂 (Just saw your comment on my site and realized we must have been reading each other’s Sixes at the same time, what fun!)

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  4. This is my Mom to a T. She must have a dozen sets of fine China that until a few years ago were treated like museum pieces. It’s funny how older generations valued things like fine China but todays generations couldn’t care less. One set of dishes is enough, thank you very much!

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    • Thanks. I have been pleased to see that people relate to this story(ies), I wasn’t sure where it was going but I started it and let these characters go. I didn’t know Aunt Helen was going to break a plate and stay and hang out but she did and I’m getting to know her better. And the dad too. One prompt (or two) at a time…

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