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“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion.

She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

Their kids laughed as they decorated the car.

“Weren’t you ever a kid, Stanley? Didn’t you ever do something just for fun? Let them enjoy themselves. They’re only young once. It washes off.”

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This is a challenge – if you choose to accept the challenge – you have 3 days . . . Trifectans unite! The editors gave us 33 words and challenged us to complete the thought with 33 of our own. These are mine. Where are yours?


Comment from natalie
Time: March 23, 2012, 10:57 am

Love the positiveness of your writing, PM.

Comment from Amanda
Time: March 23, 2012, 11:14 am

I can hear the kids laughing in my mind. It’s easy to forget what fun is as an adult!

Comment from Gina
Time: March 23, 2012, 12:11 pm

What a fun and freeing thing for the kids to do. Look at it! I looks maaaavalous! AND usually washes off but don’t say that to Stanley.

Comment from Colonialist
Time: March 23, 2012, 12:33 pm

I like the ones like yours making use of looking out of the window. If that hasn’t a bearing it becomes an awful waste of the first 33 words.

Comment from The Mommy Patient
Time: March 23, 2012, 2:37 pm

That’s awesome! Great one. Love the picture.

Comment from OldDogNewTits
Time: March 23, 2012, 4:32 pm

Aww. This one makes me nostalgic … in both directions of my life.

Comment from Jessie Powell
Time: March 23, 2012, 5:20 pm

Snicker. I’d have been so cheesed. Happily, our family weren’t into that kind of thing.

Comment from Jessie Powell
Time: March 23, 2012, 5:21 pm

Oh oh oh! My best friend just came back from Alaska. Birch caramels. Oh. My. God. Yum.

Comment from Amelia
Time: March 23, 2012, 6:05 pm

I like this!!

Comment from Imelda @ Cum Auxilio Ab Alto
Time: March 23, 2012, 6:45 pm

Oh fun! Good thing, the children just decorated the car. I know of a child who wrote on the car…. with a rock! :-) )

Comment from MOV
Time: March 23, 2012, 7:18 pm

fun take on the prompt! hard to make it work in 33 words, and you did a nice job.


Comment from Sandra
Time: March 23, 2012, 8:55 pm

Good thing it washes off!

Comment from jannatwrites
Time: March 23, 2012, 9:43 pm

Love the picture of the car! I’d let the kids decorate it, as long as they cleaned it up, too :)

Comment from Dana
Time: March 24, 2012, 1:01 am

Hahaha! I love this so much… replace “Stanley” with “Thomas” and it sounds a lot like a conversation or few in my house when hubby’s birthday rolled around each year… LOL! :-D

Comment from Mel
Time: March 24, 2012, 5:06 am

That is a great lesson for Stanley! Such a great prompt response. The car looked very festive. :)

Comment from Nicole Leigh Shaw
Time: March 24, 2012, 7:39 pm

I miss doing that for friends in high school. Lots of birthday surprises.

Comment from Libby
Time: March 25, 2012, 7:34 am

This was really well done!! And the photo is perfect. :)

Comment from Kim at Let Me Start By Saying
Time: March 25, 2012, 11:04 am

I can see a dad saying that as the kids decorate his midlife crisis car. Oh, yes I can… :)
Came from the Trifextra linkup.

Comment from BrainTomahawk
Time: March 25, 2012, 4:11 pm

It washes off.
You nailed it!

I must remember this, as it applies to many other times. Thanks!

Comment from The Gal Herself
Time: March 25, 2012, 11:02 pm

“it washes off.” The perfect, commonsense way to close this. An important choice when you’ve got only 33 words.

Comment from karen
Time: March 25, 2012, 11:15 pm

Those wet blanket types. So hard to amuse. Great entry!

Comment from Noeleen
Time: March 26, 2012, 3:03 am

Very engaging – you’re the second one of these I’ve read today. It’s a brilliant idea. Both times I was left wanting to know more. Excellent!

Comment from Trifecta
Time: March 26, 2012, 4:33 am

Thanks so much for linking up to Trifextra. Remember, this weekend’s entries are being judged by the Trifecta community, so I hope you were able to cast your votes. (There’s still just over two hours left if not!) Winners will be announced with the Monday post. Hope to see you back then.