Thursday, June 10

The darndest things, in the darndest places — Flash 55

Green Thumbs and Gardens shop, overheard on checkout line
– I know! I know, mommy!
– What do you know, honey?
– Next time ya’ find one of ‘dem lice bugs in my hair, instead of drowning ‘em dead down the toilet, let’s feed it to the man-eater plant!!
– Ssssssh.
– Can I? Please? Can I?!
– Shut up, sweeeeetie.
This is a flash fiction piece for '55 Flash Fiction Friday' (sort of, it is actually not fiction). The idea is to tell a story in exactly 55 words. To try one yourself and read others, go see g-man.


  1. haha. kids have no shame...nice 55!

  2. Head lice...been there, done that, stateside & Uruguayan stle, just luckily not with my own children yet (knock on wood).

  3. Funny 55.
    I loved the end:
    "Shut up, sweeeeetie."

  4. We're there again, right in the thick of it, lickety-split, in your 55.

    I could tell you some such moments.

    Did you know? Art Linkletter died, just recently. He was 98, I think. I loved that show.

  5. There is humor everywhere if we just pay attention! I think the kid is quite creative.

  6. So, you say this was this a conversation between you and your mother, Lorenzo?

  7. Kids v comediens - who's funnier?
    Great 55!

  8. Why willow, that's sooooo nice of you to ask, but, no, I was not involved in this incident in any way, other than to have the mortified mom recount it to me. The truth is that I can sometimes be a louse and get in your hair.

    I guess I have insects on my mind (but not in my scalp) this week, ants the other day and lice today. Perhaps it is because yesterday, June 10th, was the birthday of the great myrmecologist (look it up), sociobiologist, naturalist and writer Edward O. Wilson, who, on the subject of insects once said "If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."

  9. Oh my gawd....glad I wasn't the mother. That was too funny.

    My 55 is Here As always scroll down below my Friday Show N Tell. Have a great weekend!!!

  10. Drowning em dead in the toilet?
    Outta the mouths of Babes...
    Excellent 55 My Friend.
    Thanks for playing, thanks for visiting, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  11. kids tell it like it is!!!
    great post.

  12. Sounds like junior got a swirly. Great 55. My 55 is HERE .

  13. lovely---I can imagine the mother's mortification and the cashier's face as she moved to the front of line--great one-c

  14. having dealt with the lice issue, twice, i am all for feeding them to the man eating plants.

  15. Oh, Maaaaaan! Hahaaaa! Reminds me of my son and the insane things that used to come out of his mouth as a kid. Well,...come to think of it, as an adult, too! Hahaaaaa. Great post, as always, Lorenzo.

  16. Ditto to Brush with Color.... my sons didn't have lice -- but the things they would say -- they still beam from ear to ear when I recount some of the stories,, speaking of which a great 55 er and a nice recount of a tale you heard and nice tidbit of information as a side tribute to great myrmecologist- writer Edward O Wilson. I do believe he would get a chuckle out of your story and honorable mention.

    Have a good week end.

  17. I love it when kids embarass their parents - especially since I have no kids ;0)

  18. too much to deal with...LOL
    teenagers and lice...OMG.
    well done, Lorenzo!
    mine isup


  19. lorenzo - the school i teach in has lice checks on a monthly basis. i bet there are kids who would want to get head lice if we had venus flytraps to feed them to!!! cool piece. steven


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