Weekend Writing Warriors 1/26/14 #WeWriWa

ustogethercoverToday’s excerpt comes from a story I wrote awhile back, “Of Gods and Floods,” that’s included in my short story collection Us, Together. The story is about two kids living in southern Illinois and Missouri when a massive flood hits.

“Ritchie,” Granddaddy would say to me every year, “who created the world?”
“God did, Granddaddy.”


“And who floods it?”


“Well, my teacher said it ain’t nobody’s fault, just the snow melting up in Minnesota with no other place to go.”


“Your teacher’s an idjit.” He paused, sucked on his teeth, then said, “Mother Nature floods us in Cairo, and you know why?”


Of course I knew why, but I didn’t want to ruin his story, so I said, “No, why?”


“Cuz no matter if’n it be a woman on Earth or a woman in Heaven, she gonna do what she can to make her man look a fool!”

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  1. Laugh out loud funny. Granddaddy had a way with words. You nailed a different time and place, ED. Thanks.

  2. Nice little conversation between a boy and his Grampa! Terrific snippet…

  3. haha! Man, what an attitude. Great little excerpt here!

  4. This had me grinning! Love Grandpa, he’s a cutie!

  5. Sometimes humor just happens. Were you surprised when your characters said what they did?
    Writing is such fun!
    Great eight!

  6. Sounds like grandad and the teacher are sayin the same thing, but gradad is bringing the sex card.

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