Kitchen conversations





Today’s Friday Fictioneers prompt (yes, it’s Wednesday but by Friday my brain is frazzled) is of a very tidy kitchen. Mine isn’t like this. It’s noisier too.


“That one’s the moon!”

“No it’s not, silly-billy,” he squeaked.

She squeezed the dishcloth out. “Don’t be mean to your little sister.”

“That one is the moon,” he pointed to the paper globe, “and that is Mars, ‘cos it’s red.”

“No it’s red ‘cos it’s Venus, Goddess of love,” shrilled the younger sibling.

“Mars is the red planet.”

She listened and wiped down the draining board. At least while they bickered they shovelled mountains of food into their hungry bellies.

Her husband had moaned putting up the lampshades. “Why so many?”

“You never know, might come in handy.”



Many thanks to Rochelle for hosting this flash fiction hop.




  1. Ah. The paper lanterns helped after all 🙂 Lovely story.


    1. It’s always useful to have props about with kids. Thank you.


  2. Rather clever way to manage child nutrition. Well done.


    1. Meal times were quiz time when I was a child.It keeps the mind occupied while the mouth chews! Thank you.


  3. Nice way to feed your children and have them learn about our universe.


    1. Education is unceasing 🙂

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  4. We had a similar idea. Nicely done.


    1. Thank you. The paper lanterns caught my eye straight away.

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  5. Cute! My story involves the lamp shades, but to a lesser and less joyful degree…


    1. Who would have though lamp shades could conjure up so many ideas!

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      1. Yeah, right! I read nearly all the entries and those shades came up a lot! I keep seeing shades like them at Ikea. Maybe they would look nice in my house! 😉


  6. The space discussion gave then something to chew over!
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    1. I’m sure they’ll mull over it with a glass of wine.


  7. Caerlynn Nash · · Reply

    What an imaginative way to get kids to eat. I like your story.


    1. Keep the kids occupied a meal times is always a challenge!


  8. Nice one! though her kids would probably have bickered about the window panes if there weren’t lampshades.


    1. I’m sure they would!


  9. Dear Rae,

    There’s always room for bickering with children. Nicely done.




    1. There certainly is in my house 🙂


  10. It’s good that they were eating at the same time. She obviously knew her kids well. Nice story.


    1. Meal times can be a challenge, but once they’ve eaten, kids are much nicer to each other.


  11. Creative way to get children to eat and learn at the same time. Well done, Rae. 🙂 — Suzanne


    1. Thank you. It reminded me of my own childhood mealtimes.


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