Friday Fictioneers… PRACTICE


Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

The constant sawing of the strings entering Madison’s head was going to make her brain burst.

She had loved doing her chores while listening to her daughter practice her clarinet. The lilting sounds were soothing and even energized her. But, Roxanne mastered that one, and moved on to a new instrument.

Madison could not understand why the girl had to try something new when she was so talented. Maybe she should limit her practice time. But, no, that wouldn’t be right… Ma knew the ya-ya would sound like yo-yo soon.


Friday Fictioneers Time… Here’s my 100 words based on the photo prompt provided by  Roger Cohen.  To write your own story, go see Rochelle.

And other’s stories are here…  

71 responses

  1. Hi Ted,
    That last line is just genius. Worth every word of set-up. What’s in that coffee? Ron

    1. Thanks, Ron… don’t know where that came from. Just coffee, I always use that mug when doing FriFic.

  2. Reminds me of my sister learning to play the violin (fingernails on chalkboards would be more soothing 8^).

    1. haha… did she like the learning?

  3. Even the thought of limiting the practice time seems so wrong. Good flow there..

    1. Thanks, Capt. I’m sure she knew it was wrong as she thought of it.

  4. Ah Ted, the things we do (endure) for our kids. I like the way you bring out the mother’s true feelings, the ones she can never voice.

  5. Love that last line!

  6. Yo-yo? Ha, ha. What a lot of excellent stories this week! I always feel my parents had to put up with lots of this from me, first with the clarinet and piano, then just the piano. I sometimes feel like this listening to my kids’ music, the stuff from CD’s, not instruments. 🙂 Thankfully, not too often, though.

    1. My acknowledgement of the instrument. I know what you mean about the CD’c.

  7. That’s a nice story. Reminded me of my love for guitar when I was young and played it all the time and my poor parents couldn’t simply understand why I couldn’t pick up some other quieter hobby! 🙂

    1. Hope you still play… glad I brought back some memories.

  8. Hahahahaha! Madison and Roxanne REALLY got divided! Hilarious! Thanks!

    1. Nice of you to notice… thanks.

  9. Dear Ted,
    We endured and survived the early years of musical training with our children. One of them is a drummer. Glad Madison had patience with Roxann. (Something discordant there ;))

    1. A drummer… poor you. Don’t know what you mean…

  10. haha loved your story..reminds me of how i feel listening to my brothers when they practice ^^

    1. Thanks, KZ. Do you play something… a musical instrument?

      1. oh no… all the women in my mom’s side of the family play the piano. hard-headed little me broke that tradition. and now i’m sorry. very. lol

  11. Hi Ted. Nice story. I’m not musical at all and have no kids, but I can relate! My brother played the accordion! Oh man, I can still hear it. 😉

      1. All day long! ugh. 😉

  12. What fun! On the down side, this took me back to the recorder practice I endured with all the children. My ears never did recover.

    1. Oh God, I’d forgotten about Recorders!

  13. Ted,

    Hot cross buns!
    Hot cross buns!
    One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
    Hot cross buns!
    If you have no daughters,
    Give them to your sons
    One ha’ penny,
    Two ha’ penny,
    Hot Cross Buns!

    Thanks Ted it will be stuck in my head all night…I could here the recorder I played as a child and that silly nursery rhyme my teacher made us sing with it. Clarinet seems like a better deal…Great job.


    1. Now it’s stuck in my head… thanks, Tom!

      1. LOL…You started it man…and you owe me a word count!

  14. I remember doing this to my parents. Now I never play. Isn’t that how it goes? My kids show absolutely no interest. 😦 Although, part of me is happy. The EVIL side of me. LOL. I love that, ya-ya and yo-yo. You’re so creative!

    1. They will find something to bug you with… they are still young, Debra. Thanks.

  15. Good one Ted. If I hadn’t had to research cellists I might not have got this. Very quirky.

    1. The greatest, Sandra…

  16. This is a good one Ted, and i’ve got the felling it’s our Madison wood you’ve set up here…Well done!

  17. ya-ya to yo-yo…awesome! It really does matter what instrument you’re playing, in terms of practice. My cousin was a drummer, which was fun for the neighbors.

  18. And when Roxanne’s ya-ya turn’s to yo-yo, Ma will then love it, yeah-yeah-yeah! Nice job, Ted.

    1. Thanks, Perry… I figured you would like the last line.

  19. A great set up for the last line. Clever. Surely Ma can remember when Roxanne’s clarinet playing sounded like a duck…?

    1. More than likely, although people soon forget. Thank you for getting it.

  20. Obviously, you’ve been through this. 😉 Great story.

    Here’s mine:

    1. Thanks! Actually not… one daughter was an actress, the other liked to write.

  21. Love a good laugh and this story gave me one with all of the reminders of days past.

    1. I guess all who took lessons or had kids who did can relate… Thanks.

  22. Yo Yo Ma for the win!

    1. Don’t you mean “Yo-yo Ma” ? *giggles* I do so love puns…thanks, Ted!

  23. Sometimes I really feel sorry for parents of talented children 🙂

    1. I think you are right about that. Or for the kids.

  24. Perfect ending. Laughing out loud.

    1. Thanks. Glad you are back.

  25. Sorry, the reference went over my head, but you did make me glad my son is learning the guitar 🙂

    1. Yo Yo Ma is the world’s greatest cellist… or at least the most popular.

  26. She seems to have a talent with musical instruments.
    Loved it.

  27. now, the big question is…was Roxanne as good in math as her musical talent?? Haha…just thought i throw that one out there, Ted, since some say music training help kids excel in academics–like math. ewww. 🙂
    happy Saturday to U

    1. Thanks… now it’s Sunday… so happy sunday to U…

  28. Good one Ted…..brings up memories…..!!!

  29. Reminds me of my sister learning the French Horn – or was it something larger (and thus louder)? Anyway, there was no escaping it . . . I was a little quieter with piano 😉 Cleverly done and a good read, Ted. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Joanna… remember to go with Lapis Lazuli.

  30. perfect ending. enjoyed this one.

  31. This reminded me of my 15 year old self – violin, French horn, piano, penny whistle…. my poor parents

    1. May I add, I was master of none.

      1. But look… you can write!

  32. Funny! And, I always figured that if you had a child prodigy, the beginnings would be rough!

    1. Rough and rewarding maybe. I liked your story.

  33. Dear Ted,

    Ya Ya would sound like Yo Yo…

    That was genius and made me laugh. And with nine stories to go out of 75, I need a laugh. thanks.



    1. Mission Accomplished! Thanks, Doug… I know what you mean… 75… I finally made it. Lots of unhappy cellos and players out there.

  34. Punched my fist in the air with a resounding YES! I’ve heard the bass section of ‘Iron Man’ so many times now I dream about it.

    1. Ha! I worked with a guy once whose daughter played the flute… he taught her a Jethro Tull tune, and she was quite good… but, he whistled the first few bars, or whatever you call it, ALL the time. I wanted to strangle him.

  35. i get the “yo yo,” but i don’t know enough to get the “ya ya,” unless you’re referring to the rolling stones. then i’m good.

  36. This was fun:) but certainly not for Madison. Thank you for sharing

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