Wednesday's Three Word Wednesday

The words over at Three Word Wednesday are accentuate, glamour and pitch. This idea started out with so much promise. I think it got away from me. 


Wishing Well


My mother has built a wishing well in our backyard.
She began with the crap-covered cement birdbath. She ran a hose out to it, then hooked up a little sprinkler that shot water like a mini-geyser.
She accentuated the birdbath with a collection of fired clay pots to collect the spray, as well as the change she kept tossing – one coin at a time.
I ditched my bike by the picnic table and went in for closer inspection.
She was plucking the coins out of a wide-mouth Mason jar and pitched them into the fountain with her thumb, stretched out as she was on a chase lounge under a blue-and-white striped beach umbrella.
She had on this ridiculous white satin one-piece bathing suit. Her brown eyes were hidden by these white sunglasses, with hideous pink palm trees built into the chunky plastic frames.
She’d painted her toes and fingernails a fiery red, like the coating of a carnival candied apple. A floppy, wide-brimmed hat covered her raven hair.
She was really playing up the glamour aspect, much to my horror. Thank goodness for the line of thick shrubs that separated our lawn from the rest of the neighborhood.
Since coming out the backdoor was my dad, his hair slicked back and black, showing none of his natural gray. He wore black Wayfarers and no shirt. He carried a towel over one arm, and a fruity drink in one hand, complete with a pink paper umbrella.
What was most disturbing was the enormous bulge in the front of the rather tight, light green Janzen swim trunks.
“Mother!”
She drew down the shades from her eyes and winked.
“Why, it’s a lady’s prerogative to always wish big.”

19 comments:

Jeeves said...

Indeed ladies prerogative. Nice one

anthonynorth said...

I get the sense of more going to happen in this story - but not for general consumption :-)
Enjoyed this.

Sweetest in the Gale said...

lol...I loved the humor in this, and the direction it took at the end. Very entertaining read. :~)

KJ McLean said...

This made me smile! Well done!

Daily Panic said...

Mother is full of surprises!

Andy Sewina said...

Great little story, and we don't always get exactly what we wish for, do we?

Just someone said...

Wow! That was unexpected...

Tumblewords: said...

Enjoyed this! Vividly written and touchingly told...

Mark said...

Witty...and it brings to mind when I first contemplated my parents as people and not just....parents...

Americanising Desi said...

a mornin humor read keeps the day good going :)

View on my way down *3ww*

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Gave me the giggles! I love the way your stories always take a sharp, unexpected turn at the end.

Bobbie said...

LMAO Fun and witty!

Kristy Worden said...

haha.. enjoyed the concept of 'the horror'

Dee Martin said...

You are one twisted dude sometimes Thom - and I mean that in the nicest way possible LOL I almost spit my coffee all over the monitor. This was priceless.

Megha said...

lol...really witty and funny..

April Lindfors said...

So funny, I loved it. Great surprise ending LOL.

gautami tripathy said...

What an ending! I like it!

accentuated aura

lissa said...

funny last line, makes me think of the 60's or 70's where people still wear bell-bottoms and neighbors know each other well enough to be embarrass about such things - perhaps the mother used to be an actress and is trying to live her glory days? entertaining story though

one more believer said...

romance and a bathing suit..