How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of 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. 😦


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


  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


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


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


  6. A lot said in your 50 words!


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


  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.


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


  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.


  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.


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


  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…


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


  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…


  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?


  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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