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Microfiction AND Pawsitive Pondering: U is for Universal

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   28 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · Pawsitive Pondering

If you’re here for Monday’s microfiction meme, hosted by Grandma’s Goulash, please scroll down.  For now, here is more of the A to Z Challenge and today’s Pawsitive Pondering.

Pawsitive Pondering
U is for Universal:
Hey, you! 
Hi there! I have something important to tell you.  
Did you know that the universal gesture for friendliness 
is an enthusiastic tail wag? 
Go on. Try it! 
I’ll wait. . .That’s it! 
Wag that tail! 
It’s fun, isn’t it? 
And someone smiled at you. . .am I right? 
Be universal, people! 
Wag that tail!

Please come back tomorrow for the letter V and more Pawsitive Pondering.

Thanks to Grandma’s Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours, this microfiction meme. The idea is to write a story using 140 characters or less using the photo for inspiration. Below is this week’s photo and my microfiction stories to accompany it.

“Ooh, look! He’s so cute!” 
“Oh, my. He’s mootiful, Bess. Grab his attention!” 
“Shake your mootie! That does it every time!” 
(130 very groan-worthy characters. 
Go ahead and roll your eyes. I deserve it.)

* * * * * * * * * 
Toro turned to run and hide, but not fast enough. 
He knew it was coming before she said it. 
“Honey, does this tail make my butt look big?” 
(138 characters)

Last week I was unable to get around to all the blogs participating in Succinctly Yours. I’m hoping to rectify that this week. I know I missed some great flash fiction.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow for more Pawsitive Pondering and the letter V!

Til then –

28 Responses to "Microfiction AND Pawsitive Pondering: U is for Universal"

  1. Comment by anthonynorth
    April 25, 2011 at 5:50 am  

    Loved both of them. Nice ones 🙂

  2. Comment by Sioux
    April 25, 2011 at 7:05 am  

    Aaah, Lisa. My first groan for the day! (ha)

  3. Comment by Tammy
    April 25, 2011 at 7:34 am  

    Wagging my tail at both of them!

  4. Comment by jabblog
    April 25, 2011 at 8:39 am  

    I like all three of these posts! If I had a tail I'd wag it at your microfictions:-)

  5. Comment by Ellie
    April 25, 2011 at 9:03 am  

    A wagging tail is the only universal greeting in my opinion!Hehehe. Your microfictions are funny. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face.

  6. Comment by John (@bookdreamer)
    April 25, 2011 at 9:59 am  

    The question you cross your fingers for

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 25, 2011 at 10:26 am  

    Hi Lisa, I'm with Ellie … they are always something to look forward to! That cow picture is a super great photo; and reminds me that a picture is worth 1000 words. Thanks so much for all your visits and comments yesterday, Lisa. I knew you'd remember today's story, but I'm running across a bunch of newbies recently who haven't read it yet.I love your take on "U" too. That isn't always the easiest letter, is it? Have a wonderful week, and stay safe from wild weather!Kathy M.

  8. Comment by Josh Hoyt
    April 25, 2011 at 11:16 am  

    Great poem I love the voice.

  9. Comment by Steve E
    April 25, 2011 at 11:44 am  

    "…shake your mootie." SO FUN-NEE.My first time writing here, and just loving these entries

  10. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    April 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm  

    The dog picture with its tail-wagging encouragement made me smile, and the cow picture (together with the two stories) made me laugh. Just what I needed for a Monday morning. Thanks!– KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Comment by Akelamalu
    April 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm  

    We both had the same thoughts on the pic. LOLGreat job!

  12. Comment by Pat
    April 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm  

    I didn't groan–I liked it. My favorite was the second one. That's every girl's question–"Does this make my butt look fat?" and it's the question every man dreads!

  13. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm  

    I liked the second one best, too. As I told another TGIBBFer, I don't do succinct well, so I've taken the 140 word option, but next weeks jumped out at me and I'm actually under 140 characters!Stopping by from the A-Z Challenge to visit. You can find me at:The Frustrated Foodie

  14. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm  

    Wow – lousy punctuation on my part! Sorry.

  15. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    April 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm  

    I may be rolling my eyes, but I'm enjoying every word of it. Let's all do the Cow Dance – shake your mootie. Thanks for playing.

  16. Comment by Steve E
    April 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm  

    Well, LRC…."does that make her a logicow?"If a logicow, she could soon be a Blogicow! AWWW! SEE? Ya got me thinking in PUNS…and I've been trying to quit–PA, ya know (Puns Anonymous) Have to get to another meeting tonight. Hope I don't get into AA by mistake-or maybe NOT by mistake.ENOUGH! ENOUGH!PEACE!

  17. Comment by Calico Crazy
    April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm  

    Thanks for the giggles, I can just see all of them doing their little dance. ~ Calico Contemplations

  18. Comment by Jules
    April 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm  

    Okay, I wagged my tail now I have 3 excited tails thinking I want to play ball, thanks. I'll try it again at the grocery, let you know how that works out 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  19. Comment by Sonia
    April 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm  

    LOL Shake your mootie – made me laugh.

  20. Comment by Larry
    April 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm  

    loved your microfiction. You will find my micro by clicking the link below.Tired Of ItThanks for reading.

  21. Comment by Talei
    April 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm  

    A wagging tail always makes me smile. And, shaking your mootie, well that just made me laugh out loud! Thank you for the giggles.

  22. Comment by baygirl32
    April 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm  

    what a beautiful dogthanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment (I love comments LOL)

  23. Comment by Karen Lange
    April 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm  

    Can't believe the Challenge is nearly over! Love your choice for U. 🙂

  24. Comment by Linda H.
    April 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm  

    That post made me smile 🙂

  25. Comment by Lynda R Young
    April 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm  

    and tail wagging is such a happy gesture too

  26. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm  

    So many puns for a Monday…Lisa both of these are hysterical!

  27. Comment by Michael G-G
    April 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm  

    "Shake your mootie!" How great is that!!

  28. Comment by Shannon Lawrence
    April 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm  

    Love "shake your mootie" and the second was great! Who likes to be asked that? No one, that's who.Good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

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