Fun Share Time

11 Nov

Not going to talk much today. Am going to write instead. That’s what I’ve done all morning. But when I write something I’m especially keen on, I like to share it. Unfortunately, there’s no one home but a drowsy baby and some drowsy cats, so I’m going to share it with you.

What the Ambrose family did have, though, was a daughter. She was about Johnny’s age, and her hair was very long, the color of red leaves in the fall. She was pale and lithe and she never seemed to stop moving, and she laughed all the time, and she and Johnny enjoyed each other. Sometimes, Johnny wondered if she enjoyed enough for the both of them. He always felt slow and stupid around her and despite his best efforts, he never quite felt like he could keep up with her. He didn’t think that anyone really could.

            That was the one and only connection between the Ambrose and Gardner families: a son and a daughter who had been together – enthusiastically on Joanne’s part, shyly on Johnny’s part – for the sum of six months now. Even though they were only two houses apart, the Ambrose family was still metaphorically on the wrong side of town from the Gardners. There were no dinner parties together, no outings, no afternoon coffee, or tea. There had been one stiff dinner together, two months ago. It had ended with a blustering, red-faced Gene Ambrose shouting loud opinions about the New York Yankees, while Anthony Gardner had quiet opinions about the Boston Red Sox, and then Gene had gone home and stomped around the house, and Anthony had stayed where he was and repeated a number of his same opinions to his family, which included Glenda and Susan, too embarassed to care, and Johnny who thought both the Sox and the Yanks were lousy.

 In other news, if you want to have true peace in your home, then dig around until you find a CD of proper Gregorian Chant (which your mother has kindly bought from a local monastery and sent to you) and play it. Alternate with a pretty CD called “Emerald Isles,” and you can’t go wrong.

Happy writing. Take care.


Posted by on November 11, 2007 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Fun Share Time

  1. MidnightMuse

    November 12, 2007 at 12:24 am

    *sound of two hands clapping*

    Oh, and I do play those to CDs, often.

    This is all I wrote today: My concerns from last year were obviously ignored by and large. While you did send out warning letters in all of the applications that every vendor must produce their own product, and that absolutely no imports would be allowed at this year’s Holiday Fair, you have demonstrated only the ability to warn and stipulate, not enforce or empower. That said, I shall nevermore grace this event with my product, and shall strive to inform and educate my fellow vendors to this most grave situation. Your acceptance of the products in booth space G32, which were all manufactured in Peru, and maintained their store-bought labels – failing any attempt to conceal their origins – is nothing short of a breach of the contract made between yourself as the venue and myself as the vendor. Furthermore you have deceived the public in general in your advertisments of such.

    Trouble is, this show was put on by the administration of my local High School – so I think they’ll need a dictionairy and thesarus, and perhaps the higher level English instructor to interpret it.

  2. ahibert

    November 12, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Lookie!! An image of the writer’s guild on strike!!


  3. Pete Tzinski

    November 12, 2007 at 12:26 am

    “Uhhhh….what’d she say, Rocky?”

    “She says you’re a wuss!”

    “Darrrhhhh, dats not very nice, Rocky!”

    “You said it, Lenny. Let’s get her.”

    “Dahhhh, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, Rocky!”

  4. Pete Tzinski

    November 12, 2007 at 12:28 am

    okay, point for that picture. Very cool. 😀

  5. kimmirich

    November 12, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Hey Pete, very nice piece you’ve written.

  6. tjwriter

    November 13, 2007 at 8:35 am

    I’m thinking that when I get some free time, I should post a snippet. Holly Lisle does Friday Snippets and there’s a widget thingie that tracks everyone participating. It looks like lots of fun.


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