OLWG #23 – Walter Wade – Chauvinist, Bastard

 This weeks prompts are at the bottom. The short story below is just me practicing. Practice makes perfect.

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.

It’s a Saturday morning almost 7:00 am. Mom’s still upstairs, in bed. The winter months are upon them and it’s cold and grey outside.

Fifty-two year old Walter Wade put his coffee down before he sat at his mother’s kitchen table. The grey Formica surface decorated with black boomerang shapes had been worn white where the plates had been placed for every meal since he was a kid. There’s an aluminum band around the edge serving as skirting. Walter has a sheet of plain paper from the printer and a BIC pen with green ink.  He has a decision to make. He can’t keep putting it off. He feels as though he’s balanced on the edge of a razor blade; poised to fall in any one of three directions. He and Mom had discussed his options; and Mom had already weighed in, he knew what she thought. What side would Dad come down on if he were still here to offer advice?

Walter took a sip of his coffee and thought about his problem. He wrote three names on the top of the page, so that he could create three columns, one beneath each name. Writing around the coffee stain he jotted…


Mom said Mary Ann was the girl for him. She brought financial security and a condo in the city. She was older than he but if her mother was anything to go by she still had a long life ahead of her. Besides; Mom herself was a brunette, and she said that brunettes were “low maintenance” wives.

Walter knew that his dad had married a brunette but he had carried on for years with Ms. Ericsson, who lived just outside of town, she was blonde, of Scandinavian descent. Everyone in town knew that if dad wasn’t home; he was either at work or at Ms. Ericsson’s house. Walter decided Dad would urge him toward the blonde since Ms. Ericsson had been blonde, and Jenn did have the farm. Walter wasn’t sure if he was prepared to take on the work of a farm. He wasn’t sure if he even knew how to be a farmer.

Walter thought about what he wanted in a wife. Red hair was good (very exotic, very sexy) but so was lots of money. Lord knew he didn’t have any money of his own. On a superficial side, there was looks to consider too; a young woman who was built for speed was tempting. And, he was pretty sure that a 38 year old wife would outlive him; he would have someone to take care of him in his old age. That was an important consideration. The money thing might not be too big a deal. He and Martha could move in with Mom and when Mom passed he would get the house. It was paid for so, there wouldn’t be a mortgage to fret about.

Walter decided that Martha was the perfect woman for him. He finished his coffee and put the cup in the sink, then he headed out to the garage to tinker with his radio controlled model plane. If the weather held he might be able to take it flying this afternoon. In the morning he would go to the service at the First Baptist Church on Court Street. Martha Pembroke went there. He would introduce himself and put his plan into action. Hopefully they could tie the knot, and be happily married before the end of summer. Honeymoon in the Caribbean, perhaps if she had enough money saved.

This week’s prompts are:

1.    Diamonds on my windshield
2.    Try this
3.    I think I have one right here

Use these prompts to write something that you enjoy writing. Or ignore them and write whatever strikes your fancy. I like that idea too.


Go ahead and dive in,
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

10 thoughts on “OLWG #23 – Walter Wade – Chauvinist, Bastard

  1. I like the ending. Didn’t know until then that he wasn’t acquainted with these women. Great graphic, too!

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  2. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this when I began. I wanted to make him unlikeable and a jerk, but not despicable. You know what I mean?


  3. I do. Unlikeable people are not cartoon characters, so you have to temper it with something. It’s the world as he sees it, outlined very well as simply a matter of fact. It doesn’t mean he’s a heartless Machiavellian genius, just a somewhat thoughtful, insensitive, needy, selfish bigot. Interesting timing, btw, with the news so full of #MeToo harassment topic. Perhaps the inspiration?

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  4. I loved the detailing of the table in the opening. It sets up the dilemma Walter has to ponder, and the graphic is fab. Now, as for his choices, didn’t we all know he’d go for the younger woman. I hope his rationalisations are correct and she does look after him. If he’s too old too soon, she might do a runner and ask for half of Mom’s house. That’s if she accepts him in the first place 🙂

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