Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #270 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #270

Mad Dogs and Englishman © 2020 John W. Howell

“Hey, boss.”

“Yeah. What is it?”

“Can you give me a boost up there with you?”

“I’m not staying up here. I’m coming down.”

“What are you doing up there in the first place?”

“Not that you would be interested I was just seeing how much room we had on top.”

“How much room? Why?”

“Well, the Mother in Law is coming for a visit, and we need a place for her to stay.”

“Please don’t tell me you were going to put her on the roof.”

“I was thinking we could put up a tent. It would be pretty comfortable.”

“How’s she going to get up there?”

“Just like me. Climb the ladder.”

“You can’t be serious?”

“Well, we are running out of room inside. I am just exploring the options.”

“Seems like a foolhardy idea.”

“This coming from a dog who chases cars.”

“I don’t chase them. I just bark at them.”

“Whatever. The point is we need to make room in the camper.”

“But to have that poor old lady struggle up the ladder to a hot mosquito-filled tent just seems cruel.”

“Maybe you would like to take her place.”

“She seems pretty fit. I think the ladder and tent will be a good solution for her. When’s dinner?’

“As soon as I get down.”

“Want me to catch you?”

“That’s okay. I can do it myself.”

51 comments

  1. Nice one John. I have to confess that the camper was used as overspill accommodation on occasions – and we once went out for Christmas dinner by taking it out to the (suitably decorated) camper and eating it there! Which gives me an idea for a prompt.

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    1. I can see that. Cozy, and candlelight. Sounds like a good idea.

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      1. It was certainly different. Bear in mind that there’s a lot of difference between a sub-20 foot European camper and the massive RVs you’re used to.

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      2. Of course I’ve never stayed in a camper ever. So I’m not all that familar.

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  2. LOL! Great job, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Poor Mothers-in-Law, they always get a bad rap. LOL. Great dialogue, John. Kudos to Keith for the photo. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  4. Get the feeling someone else will be in the tent.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Charles.

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  5. I’m glad you did such a good job – I had nothing.

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  6. I always enjoy your take on these.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  7. Haha! Poor mothers-in-law… they really do get the brunt of it, don’t they?
    Hope I’ll be the cool one that will be given a room inside 😉

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    1. I hope so to. 😁 The barn is hell in the winter.

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      1. Haha! Well then!

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  8. Oh MY GOD, John. I’m laughing out loud still. Put the mother-in-law on top! Ha Ha Ha!! Great one!

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    1. Thak you, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  9. Too funny, John! I hope the upper room accommodations come with plenty of DEET! She’ll realize this guy means business when she has to climb that ladder — and really, don’t they say that fish and guests start to smell after three days?!?

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    1. Hahahaha. Yes take a deet bath and call us in the morning. No climbing down the ladder with a cup of cofee either.

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  10. So funny, John! Thanks for my Tuesday laughs!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lauren.

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  11. Amazing how quickly the pup changed his tune, isn’t it? Good story!

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    1. Yes it is. made me chuckle it was so fast. Thanks, Jill.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    This cracked me up. It actually could work if the roof was strong enough.

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    1. Yes it could. Denise. You would have to give the MIL a reminder note that the first step woud be a doozy if she forgot the ladder. 😂

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  13. Heehee. That’s a smart dog 🙂

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    1. Yes it is. Lives in the UK.

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  14. Very funny. No way would I try to write anything about that photo after reading this. You got it JUST RIGHT. (the poor mother-in-law…, particularly if she needed to pee in the middle of the night). :-0

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    1. I know right? Watch that first step.

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      1. Don’t give my SIL any ideas!!!

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      2. He doesn’t read me anyway. You are safe.

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  15. Consider your options carefully. Good one, John. I haven’t had a dig yet who would give up their bed for an in-law.

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    1. Hahaha. I haven’t either.

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  16. Really good, John! Give you a dog and you’re in your writing glory.

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    1. I do get inspired by dogs for sure. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

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  17. Buahahaha!

    Hey, they say a dog is man’s best friend. They mention nothing whatsoever about the mother in law.

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    1. This is a very true statement, Marc. MILs have not been outstanding in their support unlike dogs.

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      1. No they have not, hahahaha!

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  18. Hahaha, John, remind me not to visit you if I visit Texas.

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    1. Hahaha. You would have preferred space. 😊

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  19. Good one, John. Three IS a crowd, afterall. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Mark.

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