Maybe a Steel-Toed Boot Would be Better.

FF 11 18

“Mom, I’m hungry!”

“Mom, Connor took my book!”

“Mom, I can’t find my homework.”

“Mom, can you fix my ponytail!”

Mildred sighed.  Where was that good-for-nothing husband, father to all of these children?  She didn’t know what to do.  Last count there were 9 of them and they all needed her attention all the time.  It was more than an old lady could take.  

She slowly stirred the large soup pot on the stove and dreamed of peace and quiet.  She didn’t know what Children’s Services meant by discipline.  A good swat never hurt any of them.  It wouldn’t hurt to have a bigger shoe, either.


photo credit:  C.E. Ayr


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26 Responses to Maybe a Steel-Toed Boot Would be Better.

  1. loved it too!…I got swatted with a paddle with the ball on a rubber band…remember??? and never forgot…

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  2. Toward the end I caught on what it was. She did indeed need a bigger shoe. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  3. What a lovely take on a prompt!


  4. rogershipp says:

    This one brought such a hearty laugh!!!!


  5. rgayer55 says:

    I bet it was more than a little cramped in there. A swift kick every now and then never hurt anyone. Good piece.


  6. Sightsnbytes says:

    nice story, and one that I totally agree with. Mom used her flip flop on our asses, just a tap to let us know she meant business

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  7. Laura Thiessen says:

    Nicely done take on the old story.


  8. Dale says:

    Amen!!! Fun stuff!


  9. Arl's World says:

    Haha! Good story! 🙂


  10. ceayr says:

    i love this!
    Laughing here.


  11. micklively says:

    ….who had so many children, she obviously didn’t know what to do?
    Good piece.


  12. Dear Ruth,

    The old woman in the shoe. Delightful take on the prompt. Brava!




  13. Nice, I like it.. different and unique.


  14. There was an old lady who lived in a shoe…. 🙂
    Well done!


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