Friday Fictioneers: BIG DAY

 “Coffee, Tea or Me?”

Oh God, Renee’s in her stewardess mode again.  She should know by now I don’t like to play “Fly Me to the Moon”.

“Come on, let’s get you undressed Mr. Grumpy-face”.

Ooh… watch it with the arm, bitch.  Why can’t Jan do this?  I hate Renee’s baths, she gets the water too cold, and leaves me sitting too long. 

“Big day today, sweetheart.  Do you want to wear the blue shirt or the tan one.”

Why does she always ask me?  I don’t even remember what blue looks like.

“Okay then, the blue one.”


“Hello Grandpa!!!”


Big thanks to Rich Voza for taking this week’s Photo Prompt for the Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Flash Fiction.

If you want to join in with your some of own writing, see Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

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57 responses

    1. Mission accomplished!

  1. Hahahahaha! And here I was hoping for something else! 😉
    Seriously, excellent! I have a feeling that will be ME in a couple of decades. Oh, holy COW! I can only just hope the water’ll be warm … without me MAKING it that way! 😀
    Thanks, Ted! Always a pleasure to read ya!

    1. Thanks… someday huh?

  2. Funny story Ted…about the sad truth of old age. Thanks for the laugh Gramps!


    1. Ha Ha… yeah… thanks, Tom.

  3. The inner life of seniors. Good job!


    1. Thank you, Janet. It can be a lonely place if one lets it.

      1. I hope that wasn’t autobiographical. If so, I want a new profile picture from you! 🙂

      2. No, my pic’s still good. My father had his favorite shower person, and God help us when she wasn’t there. He was not an easy charge.

  4. Funny and sad at the same time. Good work.

  5. I knew it was an elder, but then I have an advantage. Great story Ted!

  6. That old man is full of piss and vinegar, isn’t he? I really enjoyed this story. 🙂

  7. Enjoyed a lot – that grumpiness did make me smile. 🙂

  8. Aww.. Such a funny and heartwarming story. Enjoyed reading.

  9. I don’t know, I think he has a damn right to be grumpy; I like my bath temperature just right, and I’m only 45 (just). A great story though Ted, and I like the very subtle reference to the picture.

  10. hehe made me smile ^^ i better consider having kids soon.. who else is gonna put up with me when i grow old and get all grumpy like that ^^

  11. life is so terrible for old people, right? especially if they are disabled too…but this was a good story. fun reading

  12. I laughed so hard. I definitely can relate to this. I have worked with the elderly, and they have a different way of showing their love. They curse so much it becomes a second language. I guess when you live to see their age, they have earned the right to choose, and be picky!

    Ted, I love this piece.


  13. Oh dear…that’s probably me soon! ”Renee” indeed! ..and challenge if you’d like to have a go..

  14. Interesante historia.
    Un abrazo

    1. Gracias mi flor española…

      1. He vivido en España, pero debo destacarlo soy Argentina.
        Que pases un bello fin de semana.
        Un abrazo

      2. ¡jajajajaja! Mi amigo Dampira, que vive en Argentina siempre dice que … no estoy seguro lo que esto quiere decir, pero yo piensa que ella se ríe.

  15. Made me smile, but it was also sad. A nice balance though.

  16. Beautiful and touching story of real life and real issues…Your stories come with a bit of reality. Well done!

  17. “i don’t even remember…blue” that was great. well done.

  18. Nice emotional contrasts. Poignant. Well done!

  19. Up until that last line I was thinking hospital and nurse. You got me. Then you said Grandpa and I was “Oh crap. That’s my family. And Renee and I don’t even talk anymore. LOL.” Great detail with the blue. There are at least two men in my family that can’t tell you what blue looks like. Loved this.

  20. Hey! That’s my name, don’t wear it out. And if I gave you a bath I’d make sure the water was just right. BTW I do have a couple of sweet bath stories on my page. You should check them out. Wink, wink.

  21. I found this kinda sad to think we could be treating someone we love like this and they can’t do anything about it. Good job.

  22. Loved what you did with this. Extremely creative. Caretaker annoying in such a short amount of time. Imagine a dose of that daily? Look foward to your next short.

  23. A million years ago, while working at a nursing home, I knew more than one “Renee.” Perfectly done, Ted!

  24. Dear Ted,
    Truth is what makes this story humorous and sad at the same time. Good job.

  25. Sad but funny at the same time. Let’s hope we all keep our health and our wits about us as long as we can. Loved the bit about not remembering what blue looks like.

  26. I agree–sad but funny, and a refreshing take on the prompt.

    Here’s mine, wherein my love of airplanes is too obvious:

  27. When age robs us of our depth of life we wish for more but understand our lot. Gramps sounds like he cannot voice his dsires, or realizes it won’t matter if he does. What truth in your story Ted.

    1. You are right, Joe. His thoughts cannot be expressed. The aids try to cheer him up, but nothing will do. (my original thought was via “Jonny Got His Gun” and then set it in a nursing home with an old man)

  28. Sad and funny at the same time, and the names in your story of course add a good chuckle…

  29. This is my favorite so far, Ted. When I read, “fly me to the moon” I instantly thought of Ralph Kramden and Alice. I figured I’ll be Mr. Grumpy Face myself in few years.

  30. A lot of comments to your story exhibit fear of their own old age. Count me in (only a bit, because I refuse to admit to cowardice). You’ve addressed a very real issue using humour. What skill! What genius! Coffee, tea or me?

  31. Great story Mr Grumpy Face. It is a bit scary. Kind of funny and sad and yes a bit scary.

  32. Great characterisation, Ted. I really liked this story. My only comment would be the sudden nature of the final line – in my head there would be time between the choice of shirt and the arrival of the granddaugther, but in the story it happens very fast. Maybe just some asterisks to show time passing??? Just a thought…

    1. I was going to do that. But I left a larger space. I see that has disappeared. I think I will add something. Thanks, Jennifer.

  33. Dear Ted,

    Your story’s truth moves closer to us each day. You described that waking nightmare of the ‘golden years’ with the skill of a man who has seen it up close and personal. The effect on your readers has been multi-faceted, depending on their ages. I intend to avoid this chapter of my life by….well, I’m still working on that plan.



  34. Great job Ted, I like this story. It reminds me of all the fussy people that just never go away. Loved it.

  35. Great take on the prompt. While I like the idea of playing planes, I’m with Mr. Grumpy-face. Why do the elderly have to be treated like kids just because they behave like them sometimes?

  36. Very good, Ted. I don’t think I want to be around long enough to turn into Mr Grumpyface.

  37. Such a sad situation, even with the humor 😦 Everybody involved seems to be doing their best, and in a way that makes it even sadder because there’s obviously no way to improve his life. Could be any of us, too, someday.

  38. Great job and such a unique take on this. I’d never look at a plane and think bath time for seniors! And I’d be grumpy too if my bath water was cold and I was left too long.

  39. 😆 I worked in home care for 20 years, I had a client that complained that the aide would wash his privates with cold water. The aide complained that the client would get an erection when she used warm water, The end of your well written story reminded me of those two.

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