Flash Fiction #207


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I’ve really got to think of a better excuse than, ‘The dog ate my homework,’ for my boss, old “Groucho” Grohl.

I had good intentions when I brought that report home to finish last night, but he’s never seen my home – thankfully – and he doesn’t have kids. The only thing that teenagers ever put away, is an empty cereal box.

I’ll just wash these few dishes…. and I’ll make the kids’ lunches for tomorrow…. and I’ll fold the laundry in the dryer. Then I’ll fold up and go to bed, ‘cause it’s 11:30. Being a single father is tough.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #207

  1. Dale says:

    A reality for so many…


  2. Good one from the Archon’s Den! Do they put away an empty cereal box though?


    • Archon's Den says:

      Do you lead a sheltered life??! ‘We need milk for scalloped potatoes – and the carton in the fridge is empty. I want orange juice for breakfast – and the jug is empty. Did you at least get out another can of frozen concentrate? Duh!!…. C’mon, concentrate. The bag of dog treats on the breakfast bar is empty – and the other bag in the cupboard is WAaayyy over there.’ 😳

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  3. James McEwan says:

    One advantage of being a single Dad is not having an opposing opinion and being undermined by the mother. This may sound unfair but it is something I noticed and hadn’t really given any thought to before she left, (sadly died).


  4. I wonder how I would have coped in such a situation, Fortunately, I’ll never know.

    Here’s my contribution!


  5. Abhijit Ray says:

    Tough to be a single parent and bring work home. May be next time don’t do it.


    • Archon's Den says:

      That’s what the split title was supposed to indicate. A better idea would have been to do the work project, which had to be finished, and let the teens accept some responsibility – or empty lunch boxes – tough love, it’s hard to dispense. 😳


      • Abhijit Ray says:

        It may be difficult to concentrate on work when kids are hungry and needing attention. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


  6. Arhh those emtpy cereal boxes that end up back in the cupboard! I like how it is a hardworking doting single dad in this story. There are many of them and this was a nice reflection of them.


    • Archon's Den says:

      There are far more single mothers than fathers, but, somehow they’re just ‘expected’ to know how to do it. I felt that I should some give credit, and show how hard some guys have to work to achieve homemaker success. Thanx for stopping by. Could you drop those two empty pop cans in the garbage on your way out? 😉

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  7. msjadeli says:

    The question I used to ask myself from time to time is “Do I live to work or do I work to live?” When you have children who depend on your attention and care, the answer is simple.


  8. granonine says:

    Best line: The only thing kids put away is an empty cereal box.

    This is a really good description of being a single adult with kids. Exhausting.


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