Farm-Fresh Fragrances

It’s that time of week again–time for Friday Fictioneers on a Wednesday morning! This week our photo prompt is courtesy of Ted Strutz (who’s a pretty cool guy that you should get to know), and by the week’s end it will inspire scores of original 100-word stories. My story this week weighs in at exactly 100 words.

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Copyright Ted Strutz

Farm-Fresh Fragrances

“You tellin’ me your shit don’t stink?”

Dana knew better than to roll her eyes.

“Only person ‘round here who can get away with that is your mother. That’s why I married her. Now, go back and do it right.”

Dana went back to weeding the garden, grumbling. Then she caught sight of an old commode behind the tool shed.

Early in the morning on Mother’s Day, Dana wrangled the commode into position in the front yard. Petunias cascaded from the tank and bowl. “Stinky shit makes darn good fertilizer.”

Seeing her gift, Mom laughed. “Well, the flowers are beautiful.”

23 thoughts on “Farm-Fresh Fragrances

  1. Glad Mom saw the funny side.

  2. Sandra says:

    My guess is that Mother has a full time job as a peace-maker in that family. Cracker of an opening line! 🙂

    • storydivamg says:

      Thanks, Sandra. You’re probably right. Many moms have that job. As to the opening line, I’m glad you liked it. It’s a bit of a cliche here in the Midwest, but I’ve never met a farmer who didn’t talk in cliches.

      All my best,

  3. Dear Marie Gail,

    If it weren’t for cliches, farmers would be silent. 😉 Cliches are perfectly fine in dialogue when defining the character and that you’ve done quite well. I love the Mother’s Day gift. Nothing better than a mom with a sense of humor. Well done.



    • storydivamg says:

      Thanks, Rochelle. Writing this reminded me of a poetry challenge I once attempted at Wild Poetry Forum. The challenge was to write in the voice of someone who would use cliches but to come up with a unique poem that wasn’t a cliche itself. Fun but difficult.

      All my best,

  4. rgayer55 says:

    I keep telling Connie mine smells like lilacs, but she refuses to believe. It was a good way to repurpose the old crapper. Fun story.

  5. Dale says:

    Yes…. it’s how mothers survive! With a sense of humour!

  6. oldentimes says:

    Great piece! That’s a great Mom!

  7. draliman says:

    Good to find a use for the old thing, and she saw the funny side!

  8. The Voice says:

    I think we had similar ideas in mind with this one. Nicely done. 🙂

  9. Always good to have mom on your side.

  10. gahlearner says:

    Mum has great humour. Such a fun story.

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