Schedule — FOWC Response

“But Mom,” Jessie complained, “I have to go!”

Harriet checked her schedule. “It’s not scheduled, so you don’t have to go.”

Jessie gave her the most annoyed stare he could muster at six in the morning. He hated his mother’s schedule. Everything he and his sister did was scheduled. He was really convinced she even had their breathing scheduled. Once he saw that she had the daily calendar scheduled down to five minute increments. It’s no wonder his dad left her three years ago. He was spontaneous and fun-loving, while she liked order and planned activities.

“Mom, I have to go! You didn’t put it on your schedule!”

Harriet sighed. “Everything you need to do is scheduled. Anything other that what is listed is not necessary.” She checked her schedule. “You are supposed to be sleeping for another twenty minutes. Go back to bed.”

“No!” Jessie stomped his foot. “I have to go and that’s final!”

He stormed out the front door as Glenda walked in to the kitchen in her pajamas.

“Where’s Jess going?”

Harriet shook her head and laughed. “He’s going to wait for the school bus.”

Glenda looked confused, then laughed. They walked to the front window and watched as he looked up and down the street, then checked his new watch. After a few minutes of looking and waiting, he pulled out his cell phone to call a friend for a ride. He stared at the display, then walked into the house.

“SHUT UP!” he yelled as he stormed back up to his room.

The slammed door shook the house as Glenda and Harriet broke into a roar of laughter.

“What are we doing today?” Glenda asked.

Harriet looked at her schedule. “Well, I thought we would go to the farmer’s market, then catch the Saturday movie at the library.”

“Sounds fun,” Glenda said, still laughing at her brother.


Finish the Story #15, 07 Sept 2018

Welcome to Finish the Story

I start a story, then another has to pick up the story and add to it, then hand it off to another person, etc. until the story is complete. This has proven to be quite fun in a blogging situation since we all have different approaches.


  1. Copy the story below as it appears when you receive it (and the rules please)
  2. Add somehow to the story in which ever style and length you choose
  3. Tag only 1 person
  4. If you choose to not participate or finish the story, please comment/tag this post so that I know.


The Funnest Vacation Ever!

Alan spent the winter of ’86 thinking about all the road trips he was subjected to as a child in the old family station wagon. His two children had never experienced hours filled with playing i-spy and highway bingo followed by staring out the window convinced you passed that cactus three hours ago. He decided the time had come for his family to have that experience.

“Everyone in the car,” he said on the first day of summer break in ’87.

“What?” Andrew had just settled onto the couch for a day of tv viewing.

“No!” Jenny shouted as she covered the phone with her hand. “I’m talking to Becky!”

“Why?” Alex said as he tossed his football in the air while he waited for the other players to wake up.

Alan stood in the hallway and shook his car keys. “Now!”

Three disgruntled children and a very confused wife slowly passed by on their way out to the car.

“Where are we going?” Patty asked her husband as they passed the last exit for their town on the highway.

“We’re going to a great place that I know you’ll love.

“Disneyland?” Jenny asked as her face lit up.


“Universal Studios?” Andrew asked, growing excited.

“Sort of.”

“Knotts Berry Farm?” Alex asked.

“You’ll see.”

Even Patty grew excited, until Alan turned off the highway onto a dirt road and drove for five hours.

“Our first stop,” Alan declared as he pulled into a parking lot.

Alan grinned ear-to-ear while everyone else’s jaws dropped as they looked out the car windows and saw….

To be continued

Today’s first tag is When Life Throws Curve Balls. If you haven’t checked out his blog, be sure to stop in and browse around.