The Writing Assignment – Three

25 Jun

As I’ve mentioned, I’m taking this intense writer’s summer seminar. Close to the beginning of each class, we have a writing assignment.  We read something, then we have ten minutes to complete the impromptu task.  Today’s was to create a series of mini-stories that are connected thematically. I completed two and a half in the ten minutes – no one in my class was able to guess my theme.  Please comment or send me your guesses. Here goes….


I pick up the oranges, bruised apples and crushed bananas off the ground.  I don’t bother with the blueberries and strawberries.  I looked around to see if I missed anything, as she pulled her skirt from over her head, and stuffed the contents of her purse back in.  She struggled to get up, and I try to ignore her, brushing dirt of one of the oranges.  I tried hard to hold my expression to only a concerned smile. “Are you OK, Mom?”


The old woman was shaking violently, and the officer had a hard time holding her steady.  “Here. Sit down.” “I’m lost again”, she whimpers.  “It’s OK, we’ll get you home. We can figure this out together. What’s your name?” She looks at him slyly. “Wendy”. “Do you know where you live?”. She looks at him puzzled, and slightly annoyed. “Peter, you know where I live.” The officer casts me a death glare before the entire sound leaves my mouth. I got up and scurried away, embarrassed, as her voice trails off. “Peter, take me back to Neverland…”



4 Responses to “The Writing Assignment – Three”

  1. Lisa June 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    She’s a mean person? A selfish person?

  2. Joel June 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM #

    Women in despair

  3. Allison Pompey June 25, 2013 at 9:24 PM #

    I think the theme for both are people with mental issues. The first case is one of undiagnosed mental problems and the second seems to be a case of Alzheimer’s.

  4. Desmond June 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM #

    1 – the struggle of a mother and daughter..
    2 – A delusional/Alzheimer’s old woman

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