Telling This with a Sigh…. Friday Fictioneers


“Just follow the other wagons,” the farmer told his wife as he hurried in another direction.

I”ve never done this before, she murmured to herself.    She kept up with the others for awhile, but forgot how to shift the tractor into high gear.   The others were now out of sight.

Just like him, she thought.   Do this.  Do that.  I am so tired of him bossing me around.

A fork in the road…which way to turn?   She chose the one less traveled, because it looked like the middle of nowhere.

And that made all the difference.


with apologies to Robert Frost


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)



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Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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29 Responses to Telling This with a Sigh…. Friday Fictioneers

  1. vbholmes says:

    Hope that road to the middle of nowhere led to a tractor dealer and a hay broker so she could raise the cash to get her started in her new life. Gotta be practical when you’re dealing with change.


  2. JackieP says:

    Yay!! I’m with her, go down that road and be happy!


  3. storydivamg says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen that overused and often misrepresented line from Frost without cringing. In fact, the way you use it makes me smile. Unlike Frost’s sarcastic poem, your story tells of a woman for whom a less-traveled road will make a true difference. For me, this makes the misrepresentation of Frost’s intent an effective literary tool. I’m not sure if that’s the way you meant it, but the irony works beautifully, IMHO.

    If that comment seems too abstruse, allow me to state that my inner literary critic finds this storyline impeccable. Nicely handled.

    Kindest regards,
    Marie Gail


  4. Good for her indeed! I’m sure her life turned out better for it 🙂


  5. LB says:

    Good for her!!


  6. Sorchia D says:

    Good for her!! Nice work.


  7. camgal says:

    That was awesome, Mr. Frost would be impressed 🙂


  8. Liz Young says:

    The road less travelled. Nice use of the line and I hope she found something more interesting than that husband!


  9. I liked the Frost reference, darling. Very well done.


  10. Ah, the road less travelled. Bravo.And no need to apologise. Robert’s okay with it.


  11. Sounds like she made the right choice – I wish her well!


  12. Good story and well written. There was a man who misjudged his wife. I hope she had enough gas in that tractor.


  13. Maxi says:

    The road less traveled had her name on it, Ruth.
    blessings ~ maxi


  14. Dear Ruth,

    An adventure on a tractor. Raising my coffee cup to you and Mr. Frost.




  15. Robert says he approves and so do I!



  16. You go girl! Leave that dipshit behind 🙂


  17. writeamy says:

    Nice way to show your characters.


  18. Sandra says:

    Nice one. I love the phrase ‘the road less travelled’. I remember reading a book by M Scott Peck by that title.


  19. Dee says:

    I like your use of the fork in the road, great metaphor for their relationship.


  20. elmowrites says:

    you have taken one of my favourite poems, and done it justice. Sometimes the mistakes are the biggest adventures. Loved your choice of title too – perfect


  21. K.Z. says:

    “She chose the one less traveled, because it looked like the middle of nowhere.” a great line, like it a lot 🙂


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