How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

HOT Flash – Cracked

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“See that guy with the coke bottle glasses.”

“Ya?” Ralphie scratches his brush-cut.

“Come on.  He’s headed for the Chinaman’s restaurant.”

A chained German Shepherd yanks at his restraint and snarls.

Petey hurls. “Yuck, he’s cracked. Who eats garbage?”

“His mother’s the church cook, I heard. Doesn’t she feed him?”

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We are nearing the end of the Fall Quarter of Flash in the Pan. The theme is Disturbed.

The word limit for Cracked is 50 words. I used all of them.

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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!

44 thoughts on “HOT Flash – Cracked

  1. Seeing someone dig through the garbage for leftovers to eat is a surefire way to quit whining about insignificant problems. Very sad, and unfortunately, it probably happens more than we realize. 😦

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  2. Yeah, how come she doesn’t feed him? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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  3. I love this one Tess 🙂 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of
    evening my sweet friend and as Christmastime is
    only a tombstones throw away, have a lovely one
    and don’t forget to treat Santa to a few mince pies
    and a glass or two of the bubbly 😉

    Andro xxxx

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  4. A lot of things to think about and picture in this short collection of ideas! Well done, Ms. Tess.

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  5. Wow. Well done. Lots said in so few words.

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  6. A lot said in your 50 words!

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  7. Dumpster diving is a necessary thing for too many families around here. Thought provoking, Tess.

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  8. I very rarely see this occurring. Though in our inner city I have seen it on occasions. Usually older people pulling shopping trolleys laden with their life belongings, a sad and true fact of life. Nice going for 50 words Tess.

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  9. Under the surface we seek to find and then a reason appears.. nice short thought provoking read. 😉

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  10. And what were they following him for? I hope the intention was not to hurt him! It sounds like he already suffers in some way. SO many different things going on here. Keeps me wondering.

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  11. Oh poor thing. One of my friends lived on the streets for a year and had to eat from garbage bins. Breaks my heart that so many do.

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  12. Great writing, Tess, and a good reminder about those who don’t have enough to eat.

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  13. Did you have to have a ‘chained’ dog?! I wonder what they think of being chained up? I’m completely distracted from the guy who eats from garbage cans…

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  14. Oh Tess this goes unseen in every city I suspect, it’s good to stop and think about it, thankyou.

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  15. Hmmmm…this really gets me thinking. Church cook? Her son is having to rummage through food garbage, which, sadly, is a reality for too many? Very, very poignant Tess…

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  16. O.K. Tess (just discovered your name and it is so nice to know). O.K. you know I am bent right! I looked at this story that maybe….just maybe…he is collecting scraps for Mum to cook up a storm. The saying is…waste not want not?

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  17. A difficult subject, gently handled.

    I checked out the Glass Castle, as you are recommending it here, and confess it makes me feel a tad uncomfortable. It seems to be about people who choose this as a lifestyle (which I suppose is their own business – though I don’t think they should inflict this on their children). This bothers me because it gives us a sort of “well, that’s all right then” feeling about seeing dumpster divers. Yet I would guess that the majority of people searching for food in dumpsters do so out of dire need, not by choice. So I think anything that makes us feel less under obligation to do something about this is problematic.
    Sorry if I’m not clear, I’m a bit confused about it myself…

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