Wednesday, February 14, 2007

3 Word Wednesday #23

Welcome to Three Word Wednesday.

Each week, I will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.

Be sure to leave a comment if you participate.

This week's words are:

"You have got to be kidding me."

Paul said the words out loud, even though no one could hear him, as he saw the red lights start flashing and the crossing gates come down. He was already running late. Jacobs had come in at five 'til five and laid some work on his desk that had to be finished by the end of the day. And now this? And today, of all days. Unbelievable.

There was no way he was going to make it by 6:00. He reached for his phone to call and say he was going to be late, but it wasn't there. He felt his pockets, checked the console, the passenger seat, the floorboard... no phone. Great! In his haste to get out of the office, he must have forgotten it. Sometimes he wondered why he even tried.

Having now resigned himself to being late, he took a deep breath as the railroad cars rushing by became a blur. The radio up loud made the train seem completely silent. Down one of the side streets, Paul saw a couple taking a carriage ride. And his mind wandered.

He thought of his wedding day. And how badly Lisa had wanted a horse-drawn carriage. And how she'd seemed so happy when he surprised her with one. And how he still didn't understand how things could change so quickly. His thoughts were interrupted by the blaring of a car horn.

The train was by, and Paul continued to his destination. Arriving about 6:15, the place was nearly deserted and the door was locked. He knocked and apologized to the girl who answered the door for being late.

Then a sleepy-eyed face peeked out from behind the daycare worker. Tiny hands held up a folded piece of red construction paper, and the sweetest voice in the world said, "Happy Ballentine's Day, Daddy."

And he remembered why he tried.

"I thought you looked like an angel wrapped in pink so soft and warm. You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born..."


  1. I'll post mine whenever I write it :)

    Is that whenever so that us impatient people can't harp on you?

    It's not going to work...

  2. here TC is giving you a hard time and she hasn't done hers yet either. LOL

    My first thoughts are of I'll have to do some more thinking so I can be original.

  3. Mine will be done tomorrow, or whenever I get to it, oh mean "whenever I write it:)

    I know that I do the word verification correctly as I check and check and check...this is driving me crazy

  4. Ouch... Renee's calling me out on my behavior... and isn't even doing it on my own blog. Well then!

    I know, I know, it's been a super busy morning.

  5. Happy Valentines Day Bone! We'll only forgive you for slacking if you confirm that you didn't write because you're preparing for a hot date.

  6. hey, mines posted...shortest one yet...:) happy belated bday!!!!

  7. I was home sick today, so I got around to posting mine earlier. I have big plans for antibiotics and shaving my legs later. Woo Hoo.

  8. TC: Yes, that's exactly what it was for ;-) It's been a busy day combined with me struggling to come up with an idea.

    Renee: Tell me about it, sister! Yes, carriage and haste would definitely go along with Cinderella.

    Pia: I have no idea what to do, except take down the word ver. I might try that for a few days and see if I get any spam.

    Lass: Haha. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

    TagAlong: Thanks for participating. I'll be over to check it out.

    Sylvia: You set a very good example! If you can't go to work, utilize your time wisely by doing your 3WW early ;-)

  9. ok this one might be my favorite.

    I notice Paul is a recurring character . . .

  10. Must Get In A Carriage To Make Hast,Because My Silent Eye Balls Must Read BONES Blog.

  11. Awwww.

    Adorable, Bone!

    Of course, I'm feeling the little boy love tonight, so that helps things a bit. ;)

  12. Oh and happy valentines( with a blow kiss).

  13. wow I totally didn't see that coming...I would have been hit by that train!

  14. Oh wow. This post actually made my heart ache. I could hear the little girl saying "Happy Ballentine's Day, Daddy." Ugh. The sweetest thing, ever, Bone.

    Maybe my sudden love comes from my boss' grandson visiting the office today. Two months old. He began fussing after a while of me holding him, and I gave him a bottle. Little man fell asleep in my arms.

    One of the greatest feelings in the world is to feel a baby sleeping in your arms.

    This post touches me tonight.

    I'm sappy. ;)

    Happy Ballentine's Day, Bone.

  15. You did a great job Bone. I was expecting Paul to try to outrun the train and the carriage of his car to get glad that didn't happen...especially since he had to go pick up his special Ballentine. That was so sweet.

    Sorry TC, I couldn't resist.

  16. Pia: Thank you. Looking forward to yours. When ya posting yours? Thursday? Friday? Sunturday? ;-)

    Sizzle: Thanks, Ms. Sizzle.

    HotPink: Ha. Very observant. I thought I had used that name before. He was the bridal fair guy. Purely unintentional :)

    Girl FPS: Your silent eye balls? lol I like that. Happy VD to you, too.

    TC: Thanks. And you didn't tell us you had a date ;-)

    Tag Along: Thanks. Maybe it was at least unpredictable, if a bit sappy.

    Blondie: Seems like a lot of us were feeling a bit sappy today.

    Happy Ballentine's Day, Blondie :)

    Renee: Augh! Now why couldn't I think of that? Would have made for a much more exciting story.

    Thank you.

  17. And you didn't tell us you had a date

    I didn't? Shame on me... ;)

    Renee: don't worry about it. I told you that in my comments too, but I can handle it. If I'm going to dish it out to Bone, I should be able to take it. ;)

    And um, I think sappy was good for this week. No need to kill the poor guy off!

  18. Bone:

    Were you intentionally trying to get every girl who reads your blog today to say "aw"????

    Because it might have worked.

  19. I was thinking of posting on Sunday :) Maybe tonight--in honor of all the men I know who have birthday's tomorrow.

    Like how the little girl looks from behind the day care worker.

  20. Okay, I just HAVE to know this: why does everyone assume it's a little girl????

    Is it because of the lyrics? Or is it because they think only little girls say sweet things?

  21. Traveling Chica: Wow. I didn't even think about that. In my mind, it was a girl, but I never specified in the story. Very observant of you :)

    DC Chick: I'm not sure that was my intention from the start, but that's the way it turned out I guess.

    Pia: I see you opted for a Thursday evening posting of your 3WW ;)

  22. In my mind, it was a girl

    Well, I guess I failed Mind-reading of Sir Bone 101...