Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction: Surprise, Teacher!


Fiction under 250 words.


“Here you go, teacher. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Carla smiled at the little girl and accepted the bouquet.

“Oooh, these smell so nice! Thank you, Suzy.”

The little girl clapped a hand over her mouth and giggled. “My mommy works at a flower shop,” she mumbled between pudgy fingers.

“Teacher, teacher! Here’s my gift!” another little girl said while handing over a box of chocolates. “My grandma works at a chocolate store. She makes the bestest chocolate ever!”

Carla turned her bright smile to the other girl and took the box. “I can’t wait to eat them,” she said and lightly patted the girl on the head.

“Here’s MY gift,” a little boy said, his voice ringing with bravado as he struggled to place the box on her desk.

Carla’s eyes widened in surprise. “Oh my,” she said softly. “I wonder what it could be.” She noticed a stream of liquid leaking from the bottom of the box and slowly creeping across the top of her desk. Knowing that Mason’s father worked at a liquor store she dipped a finger into the liquid to take a taste.

“Hhmm,” she paused. “Is it champagne?”

The boy shook his head and grinned.

She dipped her finger again for another taste.


Mason laughed out loud before bursting with pride.

“It’s a puppy!!”

Carla gagged on the ball of bile in the back of her throat. She promptly got up and raced to the sink.

“Surprise?” Mason said with a tilt of his head.

random stuff

Handbook for Life

I saw this on my mom’s blog and thought I would share it with you all here.

How many of these things do you do – or rather, how many do you NOT do?



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. (Love this one)
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12 Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away
like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.