How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Backward


Annabeth crossed impatient arms, apple cheeks drawn-out. “I can do it myself.” At five, she knew everything. She had the fashion sense of a diva, and precise ideals. Her trademark: blonde hair cut short at the back and longer at the sides. At the moment, it rose like a tangled mulberry bush.

“Grandma, I’m coming in a minute.”

“You’ve overslept. Mommy will be home for lunch soon and you haven’t even had breakfast.”

“I know that.”


“Mommy, Mommy.”

Hugs and kisses ensued; the dog barked.

“Come, Grandma’s set out lunch.”

“I didn’t eat breakfast yet.”

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“That’s okay. I won’t tell.”

Annabeth giggled into her cupped hands. “That’s backward. Breakfast comes first.”

“Fine. Have cereal then.”


“See you later. Eat up or no snacks until supper.”

She nodded. Candid blue eyes blinked once.


“Grandma, I’m hungry.”

“What did Mommy tell you?”

“It’s not me. It’s my stomach. It wants food.”

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The word limit for Backward is 150 words. I used all 150.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

11 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Backward

  1. Love this and love love that ending. Wonderful, Tess. 🙂


  2. How cute! My daughter used to eavesdrop on us when she was younger and ask questions later about family gossip etc. She was a bout four. When we told her she should not be listening to grown-up’s business, she would say, “Ears are for hearing.”


  3. How do you make Annabeth so adorable in so few words?


  4. Fun Tess, backwards indeed. Love Annabeth!


  5. Annabeth – love the name; love the story.


  6. Oh this is such fun 🙂


  7. Cute story Tess 😉
    Then again, I often have cereal for supper 😉