They Don't Want Chicken

They Don't Want Chicken

A Story by Clifford

A few months ago, my Grandfather had a stroke and is basically confined to his house. My grandmother has persistent nerve problems and has had several surgeries, meaning many simple, basic household tasks cause her pain. They wish to remain in their house and not be sent to a home, so I've been caring for them despite having only seen them on Christmas the past seven or so years. It was an adjustment for us all, but I felt we were getting past the awkwardness and becoming closer.
This past weekend, I was in the kitchen defrosting chicken when I heard my grandmother calling for me. Her voice wasn't urgent, but I still hurried over to her. She hands me the wall-mounted phone, saying my uncle is on the line. As soon as she finishes telling me that, she exits the room.
"Hey," I say into the phone, "is everything okay?"
There was a beat of silence. My uncle cleared his throat. "They don't want chicken for dinner."

© 2018 Clifford



Author's Note

Clifford
Not in the typical style I write in. I feel I've said this too many times, but this story is mostly just a way of shaking loose the cobwebs.

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Quite a quirky story!

It seems to me that despite their ailments Grandpa and Grandma have been taking the poor boy for granted! And poor Uncle has to break the news about their specific dinner requirements.

From reading this one with its offbeat sense of humour, i doubt their are any cobwebs gathered. Very original and witty writing.

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

9 Months Ago

I appreciate your praise, Doodley. Though I still feel a bit rusty with short stories. I'll have to .. read more



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I enjoyed this, it's fun. A delightful read

Posted 6 Hours Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

4 Hours Ago

Thanks, Brandie. Glad you enjoyed.
Lol- it takes all kinds- the more more the cobwebs accumulate the crazier we need to become to remain sane inamongst the insanity- well thought out and written🌹

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

4 Months Ago

Quite true! The things we do when our minds get foggy. Thanks for reading, Rose.
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

4 Months Ago

Always a pleasure🌹
It's a nice, fun story Clifford. I think many people can relate to this, but everyone will smile after reading this! It's always interesting to see how much people can go out of their way to get a point across without confronting anyone. I liked this story. :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

4 Months Ago

I didn't mean to imply I thought that was the only reason you read this piece. I was just saying I W.. read more
Agyani

4 Months Ago

Oh, haha, don't take it the wrong way. That was just a joke!
Clifford

4 Months Ago

I wasn't offended by anything. No hard feelings anywhere. We're all good.
Haha, the anticlimactic lines serve the purpose of this crisp and wry piece. Don't beat yourself for writing something out of the box. You write well nonetheless. Cheers.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

θεά 

4 Months Ago

Had been on a hiatus, good to connect with you and your writing again.
Clifford

4 Months Ago

On a bit of a hiatus myself. Just popping in the Cafe once in a while to give the people their requi.. read more
θεά 

4 Months Ago

Hahahahahaha!
Unexpected ending! This writing of yours made me laugh a little hard. Thanks for that! :)

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

8 Months Ago

I'm glad you got some amusement from my little ditty. Thank you for reading!
This is one of those occasions when you phone the uncle back, advising him to phone granny back with the words. It's not chicken, it's goose. Hope they're doing well.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

8 Months Ago

I like your idea. Thank you for stopping by and reading, Paul.
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EJH
It sounds like someone I lived with a while ago. Is this a vent from a real life experience? I know most of your work is fiction though.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

8 Months Ago

This is just a little fictional tale. Fortunately, I've never been in this sort of situation. Thanks.. read more
It took me a minute to understand your ending. But once I did, I laughed wholeheartedly! My family, when we were in touch, would be like that. Only a few cantankerous ones will confront & they do so with too much self-righteousness. All the rest will send their ideas thru some other channel, sheepishly, so as to avoid having to tell someone something that might be unpleasant or unwelcome. Something as simple as saying: I don't want to eat what you all are eating! It can become so convoluted, as nobody would speak forthrightly to anyone else, except for the narcissistic bossy ones who run every show. Anyhow, I believe that these family dynamics are very interesting & excellent fodder for keeping your pen warmed up & ready to go. I love this. I wish you would write more of these. I love your uncluttered & affectionate way of telling such precious vignettes. It's a great lesson that writing doesn't have to be about anything profound . . . everyday life is the most interesting trough! *smile* (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

9 Months Ago

I agree that day-to-day life has a certain charm to it, and family dealings can be way more complica.. read more
Quite a quirky story!

It seems to me that despite their ailments Grandpa and Grandma have been taking the poor boy for granted! And poor Uncle has to break the news about their specific dinner requirements.

From reading this one with its offbeat sense of humour, i doubt their are any cobwebs gathered. Very original and witty writing.

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

9 Months Ago

I appreciate your praise, Doodley. Though I still feel a bit rusty with short stories. I'll have to .. read more
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Zoe
Lol, that's kind of funny. Simple and short, yet possessing a tinge of humour in the perfect proportion. Enjoyed it!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clifford

9 Months Ago

Thanks, Zoe! Glad you enjoyed this little ditty.
Zoe

9 Months Ago

Most welcome

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