“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.”

photo borrowed from this site
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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?

23 responses

  1. natalie says:

    Love the positiveness of your writing, PM.

  2. Amanda says:

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

  3. Gina says:

    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.

  4. Colonialist says:

    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.

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

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

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

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

  9. Amelia says:

    I like this!!

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

  11. MOV says:

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

    best,
    MOV

  12. Sandra says:

    Good thing it washes off!

  13. jannatwrites says:

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

  14. Dana says:

    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

  15. Mel says:

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

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

  17. Libby says:

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

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

  19. BrainTomahawk says:

    It washes off.
    You nailed it!

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

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

  21. karen says:

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

  22. Noeleen says:

    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!

  23. Trifecta says:

    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.

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