May 9: Flash Fiction Challenge « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

I’ve hopped on to Charli Mills’ Flash Fiction Challenge for this week: May 9, 2019, prompt:

“In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about growing older. It can be humorous, dark or poignant. It can be true or total fiction. It can be fine wine or an old fossil. Go where the prompt leads!”

Simple Things


I dropped a fork, bent down, took a minute to get back up, but I did.

I went to the fridge, forgot what I went for, so I closed the door and saved on calories.

The days of putting on socks while hopping on one foot are long gone or I’d fall flat on my face. A chair now works fine.

Naps used to be looked at as punishment when young, now a treasured opportunity.

Days pass too quick as years progress.

More wrinkle cream, vitamins and brisk walks. Whatever it takes, I’m in.

Getting older aint for sissies.


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34 thoughts on “May 9: Flash Fiction Challenge « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  1. Getting older is a challenge, Debby. I was completely worn out on Saturday after three solid weeks of non stop stress, late nights and working weekends. I used to be able to take it in my stride and now I find I feel wiped out for a few days after a deadline. I suppose this is why they have a retirement age but it should be 50 in corporate finance.


    1. I know what a busy bee you are Robbie. And doubts you were worn out. It’s essential we keep up our energy levels by eating healthy and getting enough rest to continue on effectively for our daily work and chores. 🙂


  2. Debby, you captured quite a lot of the positives (naps and forgetting what you wanted to snack on. . .) and negative results of aging. I still hum almost every day, Elton John’s lyrics: “I’m still standing. . . .!!” 🎶🎼


  3. I know how it goes, Debby! I opened the freezer instead of the frig all the time. I just shook my head and opened the other side instead. I can’ hardly remember the last time I could stay up late and was able to get up early. You speak for many of us, thank you! Well written.


  4. No sissies here, it seems. But sadly, our energy ain’t what it used to be, ain’t what it used to be. My college roomie and I began to call each other on our birthdays once we turned 30 and sing the “Ole Gray Mare” tune to each other. We laugh now that at 30, we thought we were “old.” 🙂
    BTW, I try and practice my yogic tree pose by standing on one leg to put a sock on the other foot.
    But I stand near the bed, just in case my balance “ain’t what it used to be.”


  5. Growing older reminds me what my friends used to say to each other, whenever we discussed age… “I am 40 and would remain so till my daughter marries.” And then our daughters married. Now we say “I would remain 60 till my grandkids marry.” 🙂 🙂
    Talking about energy levels, it is a good idea to pass on some chores to your spouse. 🙂


  6. I’d add the benefit of wearing sexy reading glasses. When you’re younger the eyeshadow companies got rich so that you could highlight your eyes, where now a good pair of magnifying glasses gets the job done 🙂


  7. Oh, Debby that’s so true. What is the alternative? You’re so right, getting older isn’t for sissies. It takes a lot of acceptance and a bit of humiliation. Great flash fiction! 🙂


  8. Loved this Debby, chuckling away with you at hoping on one leg, I often try, and think what are you doing? sit down before you fall down.. 😀 I have been gardening earlier today and oh after a few days doing nothing but relax, ouch!! do those muscles ache..
    Great write Debby.. I could relate to every line.. 🙂 ❤ HUGS


  9. Well said, Debby! I already have trouble with those socks (which is a problem as winter seems to last forever this year) and I’m not that old yet, but our camper is too small to balance on one leg, so I don’t care. Many spots to hold on to. 🙂


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