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Microfiction: Pardon My Puns

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in daughter · microfiction · pirate · yogurt

Argh, me hearties!

My 17-year-old daughter Christina was in a play last week called “My Imaginary Pirate.” The cast was splendid and my daughter’s performance brilliant, of course. Although written and performed to appeal to a young audience, it offered plenty of humor for adults, as well.  Yo-ho-ho!

After Saturday night’s performance, Papa treated the family to yogurt at Five Spot, a little shop that offers about 10-14 different flavors of soft, self-serve yogurt (Island Coconut, Cake Batter, Lemon Fridge Pie, etc.) and a treasure chest full of fresh toppings.

We filled our yo-ho-hogurt cups with ooh-gobs of yummy—though not ill-gotten—booty (since it all went directly to my booty I am aware of the irony) and went outside to enjoy the evening. A little girl came by with her dad and became very shy with Christina, finally asking if she was in “the pirate play.” The little girl saw the play Friday as part of an elementary school field trip and recognized Christina as one of the actors. Christy talked to her for a bit, and the child was thrilled, as was Christy to have been recognized by a little “fan.” Argh!

Now, me hearties, on to this week’s microfiction where 140 characters must tell the tale!

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, “mired.”  My stories are below.

Leafing Little Em
(140 characters)

Ty watched in horror as little Em sank, mired in the oak’s deciduous onslaught.   
“I’ll get help!” he said. 
“No!” she cried. “Don’t leaf me!” 

*     *     *     *

Leaf it to Grampa: Rewired
(139 characters)
“Aaargh!” Mia screamed. “The leaves are attacking us!” 
“Nah,” Bo laughed. “Gram won’t be happy, but Grandpa rewired the leaf blower again.”   

Thanks for visiting, ye not-so-barnacled bloggers. See you on Wednesday for the naked truth about . . . being lazy.


Have a great week!

19 Responses to "Microfiction: Pardon My Puns"

  1. Comment by jabblog
    September 26, 2011 at 5:09 am  

    'Please don't leaf me' – groan, giggle, groan. I love the one about the rewired leaf blower – not beyond the bounds of possibility:-)

  2. Comment by Seasons
    September 26, 2011 at 6:39 am  

    Hi Lisa, you sound very happy. Proud of your girl's performance, and the carry-over from the play has changed your literature…LITERALLY. Thanks for sharing this happy family experience.Need I say, it has been fun reading your punny short stories of the Oak and the no-longer-nimble-well-intentioned Grandpa.

  3. Comment by Sarah
    September 26, 2011 at 7:20 am  

    You are so very punny! And how delightful to see your daughter shine, and to see how others recognize it!

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 26, 2011 at 7:39 am  

    You must slap your own knee often. You are so funny!

  5. Comment by Madeleine
    September 26, 2011 at 8:15 am  

    Excellent micros both, though I confess I groaned at the pun.Cute Pirate story. How lovely to be spotted and adored by a fan! Portents of things to come…

  6. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am  

    Thanks for two punny stories to start off my morning. I'm so happy for your daughter. There is nothing like being in a good play and hearing laughs and happy audience reactions. And then to be recognized by a fan!

  7. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    September 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm  

    "Don't leaf me"!! That's wonderful. Two good ones today.And congratulations to your daughter, first for performing, and second for gaining a fan. How sweet of the little girl to recognize her, and how sweet of Christina to chat with her. That's the way to treat fans. Swanning past and ignoring them does not a winner make.Kay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  8. Comment by Pat
    September 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm  

    What fun for your daughter Christina to have an admiring fan come speak to her!Two cute SYs as usual! Jerry, my hub, also used "leave" for "leave". Great minds…Kudos for the WOTW in your first one.

  9. Comment by Pat
    September 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm  

    Oops, I mean, Jerry used "leaf" for "leave."

  10. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm  

    So, Lisa… what exactly is in the koolaid over there? I loved this post from start to finish! It's great to have a good laugh on Monday. Thanks!

  11. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    September 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm  

    I'm back. I can't stop thinking about cake-batter-flavored yogurt. I'm tempted to put cake mix into my yogurt to see what it will taste like.Sigh.

  12. Comment by Tammy
    September 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm  

    Clever as always, and not just the microfictions. Loved your punny post!!

  13. Comment by Helen
    September 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm  

    Funny takes on the photo.

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm  

    Jabblog – Sorry for the eye roller. I couldn't stop myself. :)Seasons – I am proud of her, and a bit in awe that she can get on stage, pretend to be someone else, and not be scared to pieces! Sarah – Welcome back! And thanks. :)Linda – Thanks. I do kind of crack myself up, which is very convenient most of the time. LOLMadeleine – She does love acting and may minor in theater, but she wants to pursue a photography degree. Being recognized by that little girl sure made Christy's whole day, though. Laraine – You crack me up so often I'll never be able to return the favor often enough to catch up. I still owe you!Kay – Thanks for coming back twice! The cake batter yogurt rocks. It is a bit sweet and I don't think I could handle a whole serving, but you know what? I bet it's awesome with the double chocolate to offset it. Mmmm. . .gotta try it!Pat – I haven't gotten out to the other MFs yet (my computer died this afternoon – the blue screen of doom), but I expect to see a few other "leaf/leave" puns. Deb – Glad to offer up a chuckle. :)Tammy – Thanks!

  15. Comment by Jim
    September 27, 2011 at 1:01 am  

    Good micro-fiction stories for National Pirate Day, Lisa…

  16. Comment by Akelamalu
    September 27, 2011 at 5:42 am  

    …don't leaf meLOL I loved that!

  17. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 27, 2011 at 10:42 am  

    Cool, you are mom to a famous actress now! I wish that I could have been there to see the play and go out to yogurt with you guys; it sounds like you had so much fun.Loved the puns in your stories this week; too cute. Can't wait until Wednesday now.Hugs,Kathy

  18. Comment by Ann Best
    September 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm  

    Isn't it wonderful to be such a part of our children's lives? Congrats to her on her achievement.You are a perfect punster. These "stories" are great. They made me smile, and I need to smile as I struggle with my ghost writing venture with my friend in California. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving this comment: "This held me riveted. I imagine ghostwriting to be an exhaustive process and offer up kudos that you’ve taken on this project, especially since you’ve apparently nailed the process. Well done."It helps me to know if what I've written is working or not. Thanks again for your feedback!Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

  19. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm  

    I'm still snickering over "don't leaf me". You set that up quite nicely. Grandpa reminds me of my brother who was always "fixing" things.Congrats to Christina. That sounded like a great evening.

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