Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems.
This month the meme continues here, with words supplied Olga Gadim.

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or images.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  We would really like it if as many people as possible joined in with this fun meme.
If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that we can come along and read your masterpiece.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are: 

1. someone
2. hopscotch
3. days
4. hotter
5. hoaxer
6. lonely

this painting:

and this phrase: "I was just wondering if you could solve a little argument?"

Here is my short story:

As the days got hotter, tempers grew shorter and often flared over the silliest things.

It began with a simple conversation, but soon their game was forgotten as Jimmy yelled at Tom, "You're just a big hoaxer! You don't know what you're talking about!"
Tom pushed at Jimmy and yelled back,"I do so too know! Turtles and tortoises are the same! My grandpa said so!"

The girls backed away from the nearby hopscotch squares and Helen said to Kate, "Go and get someone, one of the teachers."
Wendy said to Helen, "I bet they get sent to the lonely corners."

Kate ran off and was soon back with Mrs Goodwin, who grabbed the collar of each of the boys, who were just beginning to hit each other, and marched them into the cool of the library room.

"Now which of you is going to tell me what this is about?" she asked. Both boys yelled at once, something about Grandpas, turtles and tortoises, the yelling so muddled Mrs Goodwin couldn't make sense of it.

She shushed both boys and led them to the teacher's lounge where the science teacher, Mr Fairweather, was sipping an iced coffee. 

"Mr Fairweather," Mrs Goodwin began,
" I was just wondering if you could solve a little argument?"

"Come on in boys," said Mr Fairweather. "What is the subject of this argument?"
Tom said, "My Grandpa told me tortoises and turtles are the same. He said they both have hard shells and live in water. Jimmy said he's wrong. He said my Grandpa is wrong!"

"I see," said Mr Fairweather. "Well, he is partly right,  but also partly wrong. I'll explain. They do both live in water and have hard shells, they can also come onto land for a short while, that is they can breathe air too. There is one major difference. Here, come and look at this painting in the book I've been reading. Look closely, what do you see?"

Both boys said they couldn't see any difference. "Look at their feet, these animals have claws. They are tortoises. Turtles have flippers for swimming. There's a picture a few pages further."

Their argument was forgotten as quickly as it started, in the cool of the teacher's lounge, they sat at a table and read parts of the book while looking at the pictures. "I'll have to tell Grandpa," said Tom.


  1. Hoaxer ... hoaxer ... Is that really a word? Say it enough and it will sound right, or does it?

    Cute story!

    1. S.J. Qualls; in the world of nine year olds, everything is a word, even if they just made it up on the spot. If you give them free rein, it makes for interesting Scrabble games, but it's important not to keep score.

  2. Lovely.
    And I really like that age when Grandpa/Dad/ knows best. It disappears too soon.

    1. Elephant's Child; I found my kids left that "Mum/Dad knows everything" stage about a week after they started first grade.

  3. I loved your story and the use of the argument sentence. Plus I learned the difference in turtles and tortoise.

    1. Granny Annie; Thank you. I'm sure there are more differences, but I'm not very clued in about marine life.

  4. Had trouble with hotter and you use it right away.
    Coffee is on

    1. peppylady (Dora); hotter was easy, I had a bit of trouble with hoaxer. I've just finished coffee here.


    Days were hotter
    And I was bold
    Now I shiver
    From the cold
    -Of your absence.

    And so,
    I go...

    Playing hoaxer
    Playing games
    Playing someone
    From better days...

    Playing hopscotch
    On a lonely road
    To your heart.


    A poet always thinks he could have done better. Having the time for it of course. Unfortunately I'm in a hurry to get to the shops.

  6. R.H. thank you, this is lovely.

  7. Cool! We both wrote about turtles this week. Great minds think alike. :)

    Nice story. Too bad more adults aren't willing to accept they're wrong about something when presented with the facts, eh?

    1. Susan; I'm always willing to accept I've been wrong as long as the evidence is conclusive.

  8. Great story River and others too. But I do believe there is another fundamental difference with the two T's.
    It would seem there has been a lot of chatter about Turtle Soup but never a word about Tortoise soup, I would imagine they become a bit tough to chew when they reach 50 to 200 years. W10 pc up and running.


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