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Microfiction: A Sprinkle A Day

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in Grandma's Goulash · Halloween · microfiction · Succinctly Yours

Good Monday morning!

Hope y’all had a great Halloween last week.  I had something funny happen Halloween night. A large group of trick-or-treaters came to my door, all decked out in scary/funny/silly costumes. They collected their loot from me and headed down my porch stairs as a bigger kid came trotting up. He was dressed completely in brown, right down to the **UPS (United Parcel Service) cap, and carried a small box. I thought it was a clever costume.

“Trick or treat!” He said. I smiled and held out the bowl of candy. He stared at the candy, then looked up at me.

I blinked at him. He blinked back. And then I blushed when the realization struck.

“Uh . . . that’s not a costume. You’re a real UPS guy, aren’t you.”

“Yes m’am,” he chuckled. “And this is a real package.”

I took the box and offered him candy which he accepted with a smile. I bet he has a enough Halloween goodies in his UPS truck to last through Easter.

**UPS (United Parcel Service). One of my blog visitors from the UK wondered what UPS is (in my original post I didn’t spell it out) so I’ve added this for clarification. The UPS all-brown uniform is immediately recognized here in the US (their slogan is “What Can Brown Do For You?”). They are a package delivery service, on par with Federal Express.

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “repugnant.”  My stories are below.


 A Sprinkle A Day #1: Tiara Tussle
(129 characters)

Nina aimed to win the beauty pageant and excelled at the traditional wine-on-head dance, but the nude mud wrestling? Not so much.


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A Sprinkle A Day #2:  Malodorous Minuet
(137 characters)

“What is that repugnant stench?” Lil asked her dance partner, Jan. When Jan blushed, Lil scolded, “You forgot underarm deodorant? Again?”

To read the microfiction stories of others participating in this meme, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting! See you on Wednesday for the naked truth about . . . . CLUTTER.

Have a great week!
Lisa

15 Responses to "Microfiction: A Sprinkle A Day"

  1. Comment by tanyavalentine
    November 7, 2011 at 7:01 am  

    I think the wine-on-the-head dance competition should be part of our next presidential election process – – NOT the nude wrestling. ew. Happy Monday!

  2. Comment by Dave King
    November 7, 2011 at 7:31 am  

    But what is an UPS guy?

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2011 at 7:56 am  

    Tanya – Ha! Thanks a bunch. Now I'll have THAT visual floating around in my head all day!Dave – Sorry! I'll edit my post to clarify for my friends in the UK. UPS is United Parcel Service and they deliver packages worldwide, like Federal Express. They're a huge presence here in US, and their uniforms are a well-recognized brown. Thanks for asking.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 7, 2011 at 8:31 am  

    That is hysterical about the UPS guy. A future story for sure! Your imagination is amazing when it comes to these micros. I am in awe.

  5. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    November 7, 2011 at 10:00 am  

    I think a year as a UPS guy would yield a lifetime of stories. Yours would definitely be one of them.

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 7, 2011 at 10:26 am  

    Linda – I was pretty embarrassed, but in his shoes I'd be thrilled someone thought I was young enough to be trick-or-treating!Laraine – You know, you're right. I bet those guys see an awful lot of stuff out on the road.

  7. Comment by anthonynorth
    November 7, 2011 at 11:33 am  

    Enjoyed both the Micros.

  8. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    November 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm  

    Fun microfictions, but your UPS story takes the cake. Nude mud wrestling? I'll have to go see if I can find that picture. 😀

  9. Comment by Pat
    November 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm  

    Maybe Nina can get a waiver on the no-clothes rule for mud wrestling. Jan must be a nature girl (or gril, as second graders spell it) at heart. Both SY stories are clever and funny, as always. I really like your succinct, alliterative titles, too!

  10. Comment by Lynn
    November 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm  

    OMG, those were both so funny I don't know which one I'd pick, you MicroQueen you. But the line, "nude wrestling, not so much." really cracked me up!

  11. Comment by Bookie
    November 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm  

    From UPS story on, everything was funny today! I needed a little funny this afternoon. Thanks!

  12. Comment by K9friend
    November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm  

    Great UPS story. Sounds like something they could make into a terrific commercial. After paying you for the idea, of course!PatCritter Alley

  13. Comment by SJerZGirl
    November 8, 2011 at 12:23 am  

    The deodorant one is another idea that seems obvious, but completely absent from my mind.

  14. Comment by Tammy
    November 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm  

    Did you know when you laugh with your hand on the mouse, the whole page wiggles until you can't read anymore?! That UPS story is a classic, as are the microfictions!

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 9, 2011 at 11:32 am  

    How funny, Lisa … they get younger and younger every year, don't they? That would be a great costume though! The second story is my favorite. Something about the term repugnant stench cements this in my mind, lol. Bad B.O. is yucky!Thinking of you today,Kathy


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