Friday, July 03, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 70

This is week 70 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. I hated these words. Not happy with what I came up with, but so it goes. Always looking for volunteers to provide words. Then I don't have to blame myself when I'm this annoyed by the options.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Florida, spit, child bride, operatic, busy, holding pattern, sunflowers, ginger jars, office, superintendent: For the mini challenge: music to my ears, plot, powerful, braggart, super model

My 10-word offering:

Florida - everyone called her Flora - Sanderson was no child bride. She was nearing forty and had held the busy and demanding job of assistant to the Superintendent of Schools for almost ten years. Many people thought she should run for that office herself, since she did most of the work, but she didn't care about credit, she cared about Fred, her boss and now fiance... finally. Her life had been in a holding pattern for years now as she waited patiently for his proposal. Fred wasn't a particularly romantic man; he had no operatic flair about him, but he had a quiet tenderness that endeared him to those who saw past the spit and polish exterior he presented publicly and he had a wonderful, subtle sense of humor that delighted her beyond measure. How had he proposed? Two beautiful ginger jars (she collected them) for her birthday, one full of her favorite sunflowers and the other, well it had held an engagement ring and tickets to Reno. "I know it's taken me way too long to ask," he had said, "but will you?" "Yes," she had answered happily. "I'll go pack."

The mini:

I know it's wrong of me, but hearing the laughter and the humiliated wails of the nasty braggart, super model Amanda Plot when she fell flat on her ass in front of all those people was music to my ears. I wish I could say it had made some kind of powerful impression on her or made her change her ways, but unfortunately she remained as big a bitch as ever. Oddly, it changed me. I didn't mind her so much after the big fall. She had become human in my eyes even if she still treated me like dirt.

The mega:

Super model, Florida Sunflowers (yes, she had made up the name), was possessed of what could be called an operatic temperament. When her flight was delayed - some nonsense about holding patterns - due to weather and other problems, she and her manager stormed into the office of the busy airport superintendent spitting those proverbial tacks in his direction and ranting about how she knew powerful people whom she would engage to plot his undoing if he did not get her flight in the air. In the midst of her fury she smashed two roughly made ginger jars and was about to toss another, when the elderly man spoke in a quiet tone that silenced her immediately. Those jars were made by my late wife. The one you are holding contains her ashes and I suggest you put it down immediately. I called Jenny my "child bride," even on our 40th anniversary because she was everything you're not.... gentle, kind, beautiful inside and out, open to life and joy. There was nothing of the braggart about her, even though she had more beauty and talent than you will ever achieve, despite fame and riches and allegedly powerful friends. Her voice was music to my ears and she would never have engaged in the kind of petulant self-indulgence you just did.
I can't control the weather and I have no intention of risking people's lives to indulge your drama. Go back to the boarding area and wait with everyone else - or rent a limo and drive to your destination for all I care. Oh - and you can write a large check to the American Cancer Society in Jenny's memory - to pay for the jars you broke. Stunned into a rare silence, Florida Sunflowers left quietly. She never stormed another office and she not only wrote a check but a letter of apology. When he received it, he smiled and whispered to the jar once again in it's proper place on the shelf, "Jenny, my love... even from the grave you touch lives. I miss you, sweet woman."


Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: sober, spoilage, knight, laugh and the world laughs with you, peak, blueberries, owl, drugstore, lampshade, keyboard

For the mini challenge: economy, Michael Jackson, ladder, clue, structure

Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.

Enjoy! See you next week.



MommyWizdom said...

Those were great stories... I liked the middle story best...

And I find it interesting that one of the words for next week is Michael Jackson and not Farrah Fawcett - you should have given us a choice btwn. the two...

Have a great week - I hope your funk doesn't last too long.


SouthLakesMom said...

Two romantic and one 'get-even-laugh out loud'. Well done, Raven!

Carletta said...

I loved them all - as usual!
I smiled a lot this week. Thank you. :)
I have to tell you the first Supt. of Schools I worked for was named Fred. He was much like your Fred. I really liked him.

DawnTreader said...

Not very fond of super models, I take it ;-)

Akelamalu said...

Two love stories - wonderful! Flora's patience was rewarded and the Superintendent in the last story holds his deceased wife's memory in his heart. I liked the mini too - Naomi Campbell springs to mind. :)

the watercats said...

Am going to drop by later and catch up on everyone's stories!... :-)

Dr.John said...

The best ever.
I love romance and happy endings. I ;ove to see the bully put down or fall down.
You gave me everything and help start what is looking to be a wonderful day.

Finding Pam said...

Wonderful stories and I enjoyed them all.

bettygram said...

Dr. John told me they were great and he was right. I liked the last one best.

Richard said...

Katherine: Your Mega this week touched me. Thanks for sharing.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. The first story had a nice ending, with the woman finally getting proposed to after all these years. The second story, about the super model, was funny and though the fall didn't change the super model, it helped the other woman to accept her. The third story, about the angry, impatient woman being taken down a peg or two, showed that she was changed for the better by it, and also showed a man's enduring love for his deceased wife.

I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

the watercats said...

I'm late!.. but here..! Wow! your stories this week were just fantastic.. the last one was so touching.. I felt a real pang for the fella at the end... I love the super model falling on her ass too!... there's something satisfying about the thought, lol. Thanks again for sharing!

CJ said...

All three were wonderful and the last one was especially touching.

I'm so late in reading these this week. Busy weekend.

Don't forget my GIVEAWAY (easy scavenger hunt.) Anyone can join in here:

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I hope you won't mind me having a go a few days late...

Take a look if you want :)

Argent said...

Three excellent pieces. Along with everyone else, I really liked the last one. the dignity of the old chap just came through so strongly and I'm small-minded enough to enjoy when someone deservedly gets taken down a peg or two, LOL.