Friday Fictioneers: Perspective

Posted: March 12, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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Friday Fictioneers
Janet Webb

Eyes observe photo
Tumbling thoughts settle into
One-hundred word story

Copyright Adam Ickes

Copyright Adam Ickes


“Grandma, how come you can’t take your teeth out at night like Eddie’s Oma?”

“Grandma, how come your hair’s white?”

“Grandma, why do we pray “Halloween be Thy name?”

“Grandma, why does he have earrings in his lip?”

“Grandma, can I get a puppy?”

“Grandma, why can’t we have purple grass?

“Grandma, don’t run so fast. I can’t keep up!”

“Grandma, you smell nice.”

“Grandma, I’ll be five tomorrow. How old are you?”
“I’m sixty, honey.”
“Grandma! How many is sixty? That’s OLD!!”
“It all depends on your perspective, Riley.”
“Do I have ‘spective, Grandma?”
“You will, dear; you will.”


(“Oma” is a word for “grandmother” in German and Dutch.)

(For another look at “Perspective”, take a look at my post on this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.)

I’m not sure why the WordPress gremlins are at work, but the little blue link critter doesn’t want to show up in my post. But you can click on the boring link below to find links to the other stories.

  1. I think to explain the teeth-thingy could be interesting :o)

  2. That was a really cute story. Your got the child’s voice perfectly. What a loving, patient grandma! Well done.

  3. I love the child’s voice here, it’s perfect. I remember when 20 seemed impossibly old. It’s all your perspective, to be sure. 🙂

    • I’m going to be sixty on Saturday, an age that sounds much older to me than I feel (thankfully.) Reminds me of during the 60’s, when everyone over 30 should be gotten rid of. But when all those younger reached that age, it didn’t seem quite the same. 🙂


    • misskzebra says:

      20 still seems impossibly old to me. Unfortunately, I’ll hit that age next month.

      • Haha!! You’re just a whippersnapper. Life doesn’t have nearly as much to do with age as it does with attitude, family, friends and priorities. No unfortunate about hitting 20; it’s just a number.


  4. Adam Ickes says:

    So many questions, just like a child. Love it.

    • I’m sure you hear many questions every day, Adam. Part of the fun of being a parent or grandparent. Although not from personal experience, I think the greater charm for a grandparent is they can always tell the child to ask the parent when they get home. :-0


  5. The Good News says:

    How charming, Janet. One cool Oma and one curious grandchild. I chuckled over Halloween be thy name.

    • I’ve heard various phrases in the Lord’s Prayer that have been mis-heard by children but couldn’t remember them so I made up my own. I’m glad it sounded realistic. I hope that when I’m a grandma (although I’ll be older than 60), I’m as cool. 🙂


      • The Good News says:

        I think you will be,Janet.

        My daughter and her young man are planning their nuptials for June. I wouldn’t. Be surprised if the pitter patter of little ones comes to me before I’m 50.

  6. Sandra says:

    Lovely story Janet. Embrace sixty, and the wisdom/experience that goes with it. Well done.

  7. claireful says:

    I love the ‘Halloween by thy name’. For many years I thought it was ‘Hello be thy name’. Great questions.

  8. K.Z. says:

    awww this was really lovely. i used to ask a LOT of questions when i was a kid. and i thought it was “Halloween be Thy name” too. hahaha 🙂

  9. JudahFirst says:

    Sweet story. You captured a young one’s inquisitive nature perfectly.

  10. M. R. says:

    Yer a good woman, Janet Webb. HOWEVER ! – anyone reading this who doesn’t know anything about you is going to have a totally false image of you placed in his/her mind ! [grin]

    • Ahhh, you picked up on the 60, which I used on purpose but just for fun. Not everyone in the group knows I’m almost 60 myself, although they might now, if they read the comments. Notice that the grandma can still run!! 🙂


      • M. R. says:

        Duly noticed. Nothing surprises me about you. Which is why I’m a bit … less than totally enthusiastic about this one.

      • Just curious why, M.R. I thought it seemed quite realistic–a loving exchange between a grandchild and a grandmother. Although I’m not a grandmother (and certainly hope not to be until one or both of our girls are married!!), I can imagine. And of course one of the very best things about grandchildren is that you can spoil them and have fun with them and then turn them over to the parents. 🙂 Somewhat like when Bill used to get the girls all hyped up before bed and then let me put them in!!

      • M. R. says:

        Take absolutely no notice of me on this, JW. I found it hard to think that people reading it would believe it to be you, regardless of your intentions; and that I dislike because of knowing (a bit of) what you’re actually like.

      • I didn’t intend it to be me, M.R., just picked 60 as an age that would be “old” to a child, yet one that in the perspective of things wouldn’t be old at all. That’s why I didn’t mention my birthday or anything. As for taking no notice, as a writer, I want to take notice of what my readers think so that I’m always improving, or at least trying to. I think the use of 60 threw off those of you who know me and my almost-age.

      • M. R. says:

        So there you are. When writing fiction, take care not to include any details that might confuse readers who know you. 😀

  11. high five and raspberries says:

    Love the interaction..Happy Birthday..60 is the new are like a fine wine ( or smelly cheese) getting better with age!

  12. Happy birthday Janet! A lovely piece to celebrate this milestone and you have captured the voices perfectly and the ending was funny. The line about running fast threw me a little… It seemed out of place at first but then it questioned my own stereotypes of a grandma and made me say ‘well, why not?’ Loved it!

  13. hugmamma says:

    Charming story of life from one end of the spectrum…to the other. Although I have difficulty remembering back to when I was 5…now that I’m almost 65.

  14. My French Heaven says:

    I’m twice twenty and love the story 😉

  15. elmowrites says:

    Aw, a sweet piece and some lovely snippets of childhood there, Janet. I particularly liked the running fast one – shows the rest of us how Grandma isn’t really old at all.

    • My mom’s still doing Senior Olympics at 84, although javelin and discus. Age is just a number and sometime the smaller numbers act the oldest. Glad you liked it, Jen. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


  16. Great perspective on perspective.. that’s something we grow into…

  17. Great story Janet, happy birthday and welcome to the 60’s, its a lot of fun.

  18. Really well-crafted. The voices are so natural.

  19. Very cute story, but of course no one can be a grandparent at the young age of 60 so I’ll just have to suspend disbelief on that one!

  20. Such a sweet dialogue! While I’m in no hurry, I am so excited to enter that next phase some day. Lovely story, Janet.

  21. This lovely story is told brilliantly through the dialogue, Janet. You’ve created such a heart-warming mood in it.

  22. erinleary says:

    Ours are a bit similar – with age comes perspective. I enjoyed yours – true to form!

  23. storydivamg says:

    You’ve captured the child’s voice well here in the dialogue. Nicely handled.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  24. Dear Janet,

    Happy upcoming birthday. Sweet and natural dialogue. I remember when 60 sounded older than Methuselah.

    Peas on earth,



  25. A lovely story with genuine warmth emanating from it. 🙂

  26. Hi Janet,
    First, happy birthday a little early. As one who’s been through it, I can tell you that 60 is sensational. Loved your story. Those questions were so true and fun. I’d like to hear her answers, but I know there isn’t room for that in a flash fiction. Party hearty on the birthday and look forward to many more great years. Ron

  27. vbholmes says:

    Happy Birthday, Janet! You have a couple of milestones going on this year–a decade change and a location change. Exciting times! Lovelydialogue, and although you say your girls are a ways from making you a grandmother, I’d say you’ll be a wonderful one when the time comes.

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes, vb. I’m glad the story rang true. As for grandchildren, I plan to be able to outrun them (whenever they arrive) for a long time and can still outrun our girls, at least over short distances. 🙂


  28. plaridel says:

    your portrayal of the little girl seemed very real. i bet it reminded you of your childhood.

    • Plaridel, I’d like to say it did, but that didn’t even cross my mind. I hope my questions were that cute when I was five. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting.


  29. Happy birthday Janet. It seems you have everything you desire.

  30. Sixty really is not old…. ugh, only another 17 years to go….! 🙂

  31. I heard a lot of those same questions from my students.

  32. Amy Reese says:

    Great take on the prompt. The distance is so huge from 5 to 60. Love the questions. Good one, Janet. And Happy Birthday, Janet!! Best wishes.

  33. DCTdesigns says:

    Janet kids tend to have the best questions. You wrote this exchange really well. Love the inevitability of perspective.

  34. Grandma’s ‘spective is an inspiration

  35. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    That was cute, darling. And an interesting take on the spirit of the photo.

    • I’ll take “interesting” in a positive way, Helena. 🙂 As for the spirit of the photo, I don’t want to always be too obvious.

      Hope your day’s off to a great start.


  36. Dee says:

    This could have been the conversation I had with my granddaughter the other day! You captured the flow very well.

  37. This is such a cute story. So many questions that must be answered when you’re five. Each time I reach a milestone birthday, I move up the age of what I consider to be old. My last birthday I decided old is going to be 125 from now on. So, none of us will ever grow old. Happy Belated Birthday!

    • Ha, Lisa, you’re right about that “old” number moving all the time, or at least in the years that end with zero and somehow seem bigger. As for the birthday wishes (thanks), they’re not belated. The big day, the Ides of March, is tomorrow, so you’re early.

      Have a great weekend.


  38. Liz Young says:

    Sixty is most definitely not old. Neither is seventy.

    • “You’re only as old as you feel” is quite true, although sometimes the body feels old while the mind doesn’t. Anyway, I’m enjoying it!


  39. rgayer55 says:

    Well, Happy Birthday, Janet. You certainly don’t look like someone who could be celebrating the 21st anniversary of their 39th birthday. When I met you in Branson I would have guess you nearing fifty. Now that I’ve said all that–can I have a cookie, Grandma?

  40. Just great! really enjoyed the child’s words too

  41. subroto says:

    Great story Janet and wish you happy birthday too.

  42. MythRider says:

    Cute story. A child with that many questions is very smart. And grandma must be very patient to answer all of them.

  43. atrm61 says:

    Aww,such a cute take!Lovely,how curious a child’s mind is and how patient the grandparents are!Excellent dialogues too Janet:-)

  44. Sun says:

    lessons from the young children…never stop being curious and asking lots of questions even as we get older. your first one about removing the teeth at night is so funny, Janet!!

  45. Lovely story! It’s a feat to get into a child’s mind and write from that place.

  46. Good old gran, patient, patient gran. Nice.

  47. draliman says:

    What a lovely story! Grandma sounds like a very nice, patient sort of person.

  48. Wow, this child is super-inquisitive! Grandma is so incredibly sweet and patient to handle her this nicely. Loved the last bit, an innocent question asked by a small child, and answered simply by a wise person 🙂

    • Those questions might not have come one after the other the way they are in the story (the 100 words limits that), but children so often are full of questions and often very cute ones That’s what I was hoping to capture. Thanks for visiting.


  49. Nan Falkner says:

    Love it! Jeepers, grandkids do ask a lot of questions – and like Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the Darndest Things! At least that’s how I feel – good piece! Nan

  50. Sarah Ann says:

    Such a gorgeous voice that young one has. Why can’t we have purple grass!

    • Or even better, grass that could change color to fit whatever seemed right that day. Might make landscaping a bit more difficult, but it could be fun. 🙂


  51. wmqcolby says:

    Sweet, sweet and wonderful, Janet! This was GREAT! Very real, too. Thanks!

  52. Gerry Charb says:

    Bravo. An enjoyable and captivating selection of perspectives life throws our way every day. Thanks for sharing.

  53. cool pic and accompanying story 🙂

  54. Imelda says:

    This made me laugh. 🙂 Ah, them children! 🙂