a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Centus...

The prompt this week is:  It was only ninety-eight cents...

Number of words: 98 EXACTLY including the 5 words of the prompt.
Style of writing: Any so long as the total word count is EXACTLY 98 words

I borrowed Ms Jenny's picture.

Saving up, she raked Mrs. Abernathy’s yard for a quarter, walked Joe’s dogs for ten cents and picked bugs from the garden for a penny a piece only finding seventeen. She kept counting, hoping she’d earn enough.

Mr. Watson paid her twenty-six cents to weed his flowers.

It certainly was hard for a seven-year-old to find work. On her last day, she washed a car for twenty cents.

Rushing to the store the porcelain figurine remained, a gift for Mom. Money was counted. It was only ninty-eight cents. The shop keeper never mentioned the item was one dollar.

23 comments:

Dreaming said...

Ah, you are up with the sun...or before the sun... and thinking!
Love your post - it reminded me of a Math problem from 3rd grade. But also of kids that age... who are so sweet and unselfish!
Oh, did you intend to say 'minty-eight'? Or, are you a victim of our friendly spell correct?

Barbara said...

Good story, and was it a real story, if so the shop keeper was a very wise and kind man, thanks for this, have a very blessed day.

Farm Girl said...

That is just lovely, I could see it all in my head.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Keep Andrew practicing, and he just might turn into your leprechaun!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very nice story! Does this girl live near Philly? I have a few chores that need to be done:@)

DesertHen said...

I can see that little girl in my mind...standing there at the counter with a beaming smile, so proud of all she had done to earn that money! Well done!

Jim said...

It's a wonderful story, Gail! :)
We could say that the storekeeper donated two more cents to the cause. She worked hard for the rest!
..

Sue said...

Aw, such a cute story. And I can't blame the store keeper for putting his two cents in!

;)

Nonna Beach said...

Such a sweet story and so touching...very well done !!!

Karen S. said...

So sweet, these are the special moments that bring us pull out the extra change needed. very awesome!

LindaG said...

Very sweet little piece, Gail. :o)

anitamombanita said...

What a sweet piece. Hard work has its rewards, yes it does!

anitamombanita said...

What a sweet piece. Hard work has its rewards, yes it does!

Bookie said...

Nice little tale...do you suppose there are shopkeepers like that still somewhere today? I knew a few as a child.

Melody said...

How nice of the shopkeeper! Great job!

bluegrassnotes said...

Charming story.

Joanne said...

A lot said in a few words, thanks for the heartwarming story today :)

Journaling Woman said...

Very nice story. Ninety-eight cents and 98 words. - Cool.

Irene said...

I think it's great how you are up to the task every time and pull it of. You did another splendid job. Well done.

Jo said...

That was a sweet and touching little tale!

Judie said...

I agree with Jo! What a sweetie he was!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

REminds me of the song about the dolly in the toy store window. A Christmas song I would love to hear played each Christmas.

Jenny said...

What a sweet, sweet story.

I wonder if children do this anymore?

I wonder if shopkeepers do this anymore?

Seems like a poignant tale of how we used to be.

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