There are many ways to see things, from inside as well as from without.
Some people tell but don’t see, others see but don’t tell…
Each week Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.
This week it’s clear-sighted flash fiction:
“There are no crystal balls in life, but life does have many windows, son.”
“Mmm,” his introverted son murmured.
Papa wished he could get him to come out of his shell.
“Some windows you look in through, others you look out of. Some are convex, others concave; these change the shapes of things you look at.”
Nothing. His shaggy-haired son had his head down.
“Bill, are you even listening to me?”
“Instead of windows, let’s use the analogy of gates. Some gates are open, some are closed.”
No, dad, Bill thought, the windows concept works fine for me.
Perhaps Papa should offer his son an Apple. 😉 Love it. You made me laugh.
Happy Birthday this Friday. September 4 was a good day to be born.
An Apple. That’s priceless.
But we both know that we answer to an HP.
Ah, very funny. He already has the Gates part. You’re so clever.
and you’re so nice – and perceptive.
So that’s how it all started: amazing!
Hehe, that’s how things begin. Imagine an operating system with gates… Great story.
Robert Frost could have been his hero and he might have called the OS “Fences” as they make good neighbors (or something to the effect).
Hah, I was about to type exactly the same as Mick Lively. Very good.
Good old Bill Windows and his Gates (TM) OS 🙂
Wasn’t that a rock group from the 50’s?
I hope so, it’s an awesome name for a rock band!
The picture conjured up a similar story for me. Nothing is original in this world. Except Windows.
(Critics corner: I think I wouldn’t have described the son as introverted. Not necessary – your story shows that to the reader.)
you’re so right – always show, not tell.
Funny, I like it.
I can’t believe that out of the few stories I’ve read so far, Bill Gates figures in two of them. What are the odds (or is it just odd?) I like the way you worked Windows and gates into your story.
Two great minds write alike!
Happens with Nobel Peace Prize winners – of courser, I’m not one.
Humor in every sentence … well done. Nice take on the photo prompt.
We have to have fun.
Clever indeed, but now after reading two references to Bill Gates this week I’m wondering if I have missed more in this prompt than just the windows link. 🙂
There’s something more than Windows?
They always seem like they are not listening. You never know until years later that the things you said got through. In that respect i took this as heartwarming more than funny, although it was amusing, as always. Happy Birthday Randy.
You’re so right and I will remember your words in the years to come… whatsyourname?
Liked the way you worked both Gates and Windows into your story, very cleverly done. Well written as always. Belated Happy Birthday… hope you had a good day
yes. Thank you. It’s good to be alive.
Very clever. I loved this.
Glad you did. Randy
Clever use of the prompt, Randy. It took me a while to figure that out as I’m a bit dense this afternoon. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne
nobody would ever know. Randy
Really nice, enjoyed reading it.