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Saturday Centus

Jenny Matlock has given us a phrase to use as inspiration for a short story–less than one hundred words.  This is Saturday Centus.  Be sure to visit Jenny’s site to read more stories inspired by the prompt “if I had a hammer.”


I stood in the doorway of the tiny living room, staring at the blank white wall in front of me.  For the first time in my life, I was out of my parents’ home, and I would never hear again, “You can’t hang that up.  We’re not putting holes in these walls after we worked so hard to make this place nice.”  I could hang pictures, a shadow box, or whatever I wanted on these walls.  Now there was only one thing to limit my new-found freedom.  I could do everything I wanted if I had a hammer.

22 thoughts on “Saturday Centus

  1. great take! i’m 62 and still putting holes in my walls to rehang art. even had to learn how to patch them and touch up the paint.

    i so remember when i was first set free to hammer away!

    wonderful centus……….cj

  2. My parents were like that, too. Don’t put holes in the walls. Don’t tape on the walls. I got pretty carried away, too, when I got my first place. Swiss cheese had less holes than all the ones I created trying to hang things everywhere!

    Thanks for the fun link.

    Clever use of the prompt.

  3. Oh Teresa!
    What a lovely post!
    Great use of the prompt.
    I like the fact that you have let the hammer remain a tool for creativity; decorating a new home.

    Your post says so much about children’s need to grow up and become independent; the need of young adults to have the chance to show that they are responsible; the need for anyone to not hear nagging from parents or any one else. (There are people who get a divorce just to not hear comments from their spouces, that sound like the ones your protagonist does not want to hear from his/her parents.)

    Wonderful post about making a fresh start with ‘white walls’! Both concretly and metaphorically. Love it!

    Thank you for your kind words about my SC-post. I am going to try to write a short story. It may not work, because I suspect that the SC-text is good because it allows the reader to imagine anything he or she knows or dreams about when it comes to the world of Robinson Crusoe, sea-going, ship-wrecks, pirates, Muntiny on the Bounty, etc. I don’t know if I could still keep my readers’ interest in a longer text.

    I think you could write something longer with this empty white room. A short story or even a novel for young people or even general readers. Give it a try!

    Best wishes,
    For the benefit of other readers:
    Anna’s SC Week 23

  4. Oooh I really like this! … because I really identify with it! LOL

    I now have my OWN hammer and walls that are absolutely FULL of holes!

    Great Saturday Centus, I loved it. 🙂

  5. This so captured my own youth. My dad NEVER let us put things on the walls. In my teens, I was given ONE nail to use on one wall. I could not imagine a real teen’s room with posters, etc.

    • I have to admit this one came from personal experience. My dad did finally relent when we were older. I bet your walls are still covered today in rebellion!

  6. I love how all the possibilities are swirling around, until reality hits. There is always ‘something’ we need to do first. Well done!

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