Potato Chip Day (Flash Fiction)

Fred gave a worried look when he saw on his calendar that National Potato Chip Day was March 14th. “Doh,” way too loud, roused Linda’s attention. She had been watching a doe eating some left over dough in their back yard. Turning towards Fred, “What foolish or stupid action are you dohing about?” Fred sighed, “National Potato Chip Day is next week, and I don’t have any extra dough to buy a case of chips!”

Every year since he stopped sailing the seas with the Navy, Fred would seize the moment on March 14th and buy a case of some great chips for his friends to enjoy. In his mind Fred sees the empty box.  It would be like a bight along the river, where the fish liked to hide, and like a missing byte of data, this National Potato Chip Day will be very bite-less.

“Fred, you’re going to the sports store today. While you’re by the food store, buy some chips.”

“What! If I get the wrong chips, my friends will say bye, bye Fred.”

“This is not a kyu Freddy. Your buddies will queue up once the aroma of the chips cue it’s time to dig in!”

After an hour of contemplation, Fred knew that Linda was right. His friends will attend the Potato Chip rite because he was a host for good get-togethers. A party that his friends would write about to their friends.

Fred thanked Lida, for she always had the words to get him back in synch when his bad thoughts made happiness sink!

(Potato Chip Day, © Steven S. Walsky March 2018.)



Building Blocks (Sayings)

Each of us is familiar with a ‘saying’; be it from our personal lives, or from something we have read. As writers, we should think about sayings that reinforce or purposely contradict the image of the person, place, or thing we place in our writing. For example, Bíonn chuile dhuine lách go dtéann bó ina gharraí: Everyone is sociable until a cow invades his garden!         Here are some interesting sayings:

– Guys are like stars, there are millions of them; but only one makes your dreams come true.

– Mirrors can’t talk; lucky for you they can’t laugh either.

– It’s like a deaf dog…it’s hard to call

Cuir síoda ar ghabhar ach is gabhar i gcónaí é: Dress a goat in silk and he still remains a goat.

-猿も木から落ちる: Even monkeys fall from trees.

À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. (Jacques Cœur): “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.”

A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire. (Pierre Corneille): “To win without risk is a triumph without glory.”

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.