Thursday, April 17, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Onza or Ounce

Onza [Spanish] or Ounce [English]
The little corner store carried what she needed, survival food; canned goods, eggs, bread, milk, cereal, bologna and from time to time a small treat for her son.

Today she was using every penny she could scrounge to pay for food for another week.

Her six year old interrupted her counting as he begged, "Can I have some, can I Mommy, please, can I?"

He bounced around in an amusing imitation of Tigger from his favorite story book, "Winnie the Pooh" while the bored clerk tapped his fingers on the counter, waiting for her decision and wishing he could go home.

"I don't know if I..." she rummaged through the bottom of her purse searching for more spare change.

The clerk cleared his throat, "Will this be all, ma'am?"

"Just a little bit Mommy, I can count them. Just three or two or, okay, just one, please?"

She looked over her purchases, put aside a can of green beans and smiled at the clerk.

"Can you weigh out one ounce of penny candy please?"

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
My 2012 A-Z Story Book is now free


  1. I liked this. It gave me a warm moment. Thanks.

    1. Thanks, it was a fun write. I used my grandson at that age as inspiration, he bounced a LOT. LOL!

  2. What a sweet tale. Another masterful piece of flash fiction. :)

    1. Thanks for the continued support...I promise to get back to your blog this week. So backlogged! LOL!

  3. Love it - again, want to know more. How unexpected that the clerk turns out to not care.

  4. Oh, I could picture the little boy jumping up and down in anticipation of having just one piece of candy. And the mother making the difficult choice.
    Gail visiting for AtoZ

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Gail. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. It's both sad and sweet. Sad that the mother has to struggle for the basics, but sweet that she sacrifices knowing how happy the treat will make her son.

    Hope you’re having fun with the A to Z challenge,

    1. That was what I was going for...glad you could see that. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!


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