Weekend Writing Warriors 7/6/14 #WeWriMa

It’s summer in the Midwest, which means it’s either record flooding or record drought (although last year, we managed to get both). The Mississippi is once again out of its banks and causing havoc, so in honor of that I’m posting from my short story “Of Gods and Floods,” about two kids dealing with flooding near their homes in Cairo, Illinois. I think I’ve posted this before, but it’s fun and appropriate, and probably one of my favorite parts of the story.

“Ritchie,” Granddaddy would say to me every year, “let this be a lesson to you; 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 continued, “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!”

Read the rest of the story in my collection “Us, Together,” just $.99 at Amazon. Then post a link to your eight sentences blog entry, or join the fun at the Weekend Writing Warriors website. And make sure you get a copy of my short story, “Not My Thing.” It’s currently free at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon (where it’s currently in the top 5 for free literary short stories!).


  1. I like it, especially that the boy doesn’t want to ruin the grandfather’s moment with the punchline. Nice excerpt!

  2. Respect for Grandaddy. I love this snippet and how true it is. ED, thanks.

  3. Well, that’s one view of women.

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