Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Magnet



It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and this week’s prompt was sent by e-mail. I miss Linda’s visits, but I can understand that she can’t get to the 10,000 folks who like her prompts every week. This week’s prompt is “magnet”, and of course, Linda says we can use it any way we want.”

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Magnet by John W. Howell Β© 2020

“Now, what’s the problem?”

“I have my screwdriver stuck to this magnet.”

“Oh, for heaven’s sake. Just pull it off. That magnet doesn’t look that big.”

“I know it doesn’t. Here you try.”

“Ugh. Man, that thing is stuck on there. How did this happen?”

“I was putting some screws into that metal frame for the Santa, and I dropped a couple on the grass.”

“Okay, I get the picture. You got the magnet to find the screws.”

“Yes. I figured it would be easier than trying to hunt them down on the ground.”

“Pretty smart, actually.”

“Excuse me, are you giving me a compliment?”

“Well, it is smart. Then what happened?”

“While I was collecting the screws, I accidentally hit the screwdriver with the magnet.”

“And voila, you have this clumsy magnet attached to your screwdriver.”

“Yes. It’s hard to use like this.”

“Get another.”


“Get another screwdriver.”

“But this is my favorite.”

“But it is useless.”

“Would you abandon something just because it’s useless?”

“Why do we always get into these philosophical conundrums when we are simply talking about inanimate objects?”

“Come again?”

“Just go get another screwdriver.”

“Not going to happen.”


“I have to think of how the screwdriver would feel.”

“It’s not alive. It doesn’t have feelings.”

“How do you know?”

“Give me that.”

“Hey, don’t throw it. Aw.”

“See, the magnet let go when the screwdriver hit the driveway.”

“I wonder if it is hurt?”

“The screwdriver?”

“The magnet.”

“Just shoot me.”


  1. Those two are clearly poles apart, though I find myself strangely attracted to the narrative.

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    1. I’m so glad. My intention all along. 😁

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    2. “Strangely attracted to the narrative” is a good way to describe my reaction as well!

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  2. Poor elf…so many struggles and Santa takes the credit. Happy Saturday, John!

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    1. Hahaha. Happy Saturday to you , Jill * sung to the tune Band of Gold by Freda Payne.

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  3. Nice job, John. I would never abandon a favorite tool. I hope Santa recognizes and rewards your effort.

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    1. I know you would stick it out to the end. Thanks, Dan. 😊

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  4. This conversation could well have taken place at our house except neither of us would throw our tools. I would likely be the one using the magnet. Have a great Christmas week, John.

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. You as well.

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Hilarious, John. Loved the dialogue and the ridiculousness. Your morning laughs are the best! 😁

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    1. I’m glad you like the stories, Gwen. Laughter is good for the soul and body too. 😁

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  6. Didn’t see that ending coming with the feelings of inanimate objects. Nice twist.

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    1. Thank you, Charles.


  7. Up until the driveway entered the picture I would say now the screwdriver was the place to find the magnet. The driveway added a strong twist to that tale. Time to head down to Socrates bourbon and philosophy parlor, that is the one where they have old wooden chairs instead of chairs and stools, and consider the state of things.

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    1. I like that parlor, John

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  8. You kill me, John! Poor screwdriver. Maybe it was glad to be unstuck to a thing it had no desire being stuck to!

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    1. Like a monkey on the back. I think you are right.

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  9. I wonder if the screwdriver has a name . . .

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      1. And please tell me no screwdrivers were harmed in the telling of this story.

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  10. For some reason when I read this I thought of Thor’s hammer. Great post today! Cheers 😊

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    1. That would be the end of the driveway for sure. Thanks, Jill

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  11. Lol, John! I love this silly banter over a screwdriver. Thank goodness for the driveway intervention! It was the only ending possible. πŸ™‚ Well-done!

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    1. I think so too, Jan

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  12. β€œI have to think of how the screwdriver would feel.”
    Gotta admit, this part made me snort. πŸ˜†

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    1. Snort is good. (As long as you don’t have a mouthful of coffee.) 😁


  13. Thanks for the chuckle. I have one of those earth magnets (very powerful) and I was fishing from a bridge for metal, in a local creek with my youngest daughter. We got the magnet accidentally stuck to the guardrail. All I can say is that I’m grateful I had the foresight to bring a crowbar.

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    1. Hahaha. Good story. I was installing some security cameras at my daughter’s place and had the same problem. The cameras were mounted on a base with magnets that could stand 130 MPH winds. The metal ladder and magnets didn’t get along. (or maybe they got along too well.) Thanks for the story. The vision made me laugh.

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  14. This is one of the many things I love about you, John: β€œWhy do we always get into these philosophical conundrums when we are simply talking about inanimate objects?” πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Marie.😁


  15. Haha, John, you have such a way with words.

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