Saturday Centus

9 Oct

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 Responses to “Saturday Centus”

  1. Alison 9 October 2010 at 9:32 pm #

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

  2. Judie 9 October 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I remember the feeling of being able to hang what I wanted where I wanted. It was good! So was your story!!

  3. Cheryl 9 October 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I remember that first nail so vividly. Great take on the prompt.

  4. Ames 9 October 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I feel the same way now, as I am married the the wall hole po po! I enjoyed your great use of the prompt! ~Ames

  5. Deborah 10 October 2010 at 3:43 am #

    I loved this … ooh the possibilities :o)

  6. jfb57 10 October 2010 at 4:16 am #

    Oh I like this one because it takes me back to my parent’s house! Great diea!

  7. Terra 10 October 2010 at 8:00 am #

    CUTE! Time to hit the hardware store…take the freedom to the next level of independence! Very nice.

  8. claudia 10 October 2010 at 10:28 am #

    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.

    • Teresa 10 October 2010 at 10:30 am #

      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!

  9. Viki 10 October 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Hopefully, she’ll figure out she can use a can or something else. Great coming of age post.

    • Teresa 10 October 2010 at 11:38 am #

      More likely, she’ll go running home to ask Daddy for one! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  10. gautami tripathy 10 October 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I know that feeling!

  11. Susannah 10 October 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    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.🙂

  12. Robyn 10 October 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    That’s cute, very amusing. There’s always an obstacle!

  13. jeff 10 October 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    This is a quite fresh take on the prompt…I like…Peace

  14. Annas Adornments, Sweden 11 October 2010 at 4:31 am #

    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

  15. nimaruichi 11 October 2010 at 6:30 am #

    What a time for the hammer to go missing! The first taste of freedom – delicious!

  16. Kat 11 October 2010 at 6:38 am #

    This was such a fun story. Oh, that first taste of independence and freedom! Really great use of the prompt!

  17. Sue Anderson 11 October 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I remember that heady taste of first freedom well.


  18. jennymatlock 16 October 2010 at 11:39 am #

    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.

  19. cjschlottman 16 October 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    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

    • Teresa 16 October 2010 at 9:48 pm #

      I admit, I’m pretty good at filling holes and touching up paint.

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