Growing Pains

hungry mouse demands food“Mom, Bobbi and I split up. I’m coming home to get my head together,” Toni’s voice crackled over the phone. “She kicked me out. Good thing I never signed the lease.”

Joy rubbed her forehead. She’d be more open to her daughter’s return if it weren’t the third time in as many years. “Your room is now my office. Your bed’s gone, hon’.”

“Where else am I supposed to go? Please, Mom!”

“Doesn’t your dad have a spare room?”

“He’d make me pay rent. You never do!”

“I am now, Toni. I can’t keep both you and my job.”

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (06/10/21):  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a new way to office. Has the office changed? Can we return to normal after big changes or time away? Go where the prompt leads

15 thoughts on “Growing Pains

  1. Pingback: New Way to Office « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. I’m not sure if it is a generational thing. When I left home I didn’t expect or want anything from my folks.
    Tough love… That little birdie needs to respect the abandoned nest(s).

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