Company (A Trifecta Photo Challenge)

My wife’s sister comes to visit every Memorial Day.  Tanya staying at our house wouldn’t be so bad if she didn’t stay so long.  Two weeks is a lifetime to put up with her and her baby.  I swear that thing doesn’t shut up and always wants to play when I’m trying to watch baseball.

Just like last year, I’m schlepping through the airport with more luggage than Paris Hilton.  These suitcases would hold a normal person’s entire wardrobe.  My wife and her sister have gotten so far ahead of me, I can’t even see them.  They can’t go too far, though:  I have the car keys.

My right hand’s grip gives in to fatigue and I almost drop the child seat.  I pull the weight closer to me and my shorts slip a bit lower on my hip.  Dang, I wish I could find my belt.  My irritation grows because my shorts will soon be around my kneecaps and my wife could’ve at least taken the car seat.

Don’t get me started on the stupid car seat.

The “baby” doesn’t even need it.  Tinkerbelle is a dog.  A dog!  I’ve got two beach towels in the trunk of my car to roll and stuff in the seat so the Chihuahua doesn’t fly out.  My wife says we have to do this because Tinkerbelle means the world to Tanya.

Whatever.  At least they spared me the humiliation of carrying Tinkerbelle in the pink purse.

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Well, the folks at Trifecta have decided to mess with my head for the weekend challenge.  The task is to use the first photo (the man carrying luggage) as inspiration for a story or poem of between 33 and 333 words (mine is 244).  I’ve never done a photo prompt before, so it was a fun exercise.

Thanks for reading 🙂


53 thoughts on “Company (A Trifecta Photo Challenge)

  1. The Gal Herself May 19, 2012 / 7:10 AM

    Love the internal dialog. I think I KNOW this guy! Great job (and I hope his pants stay up).

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:06 PM

      I hope his pants stay up too, Gal! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read my story.

  2. Debbie May 19, 2012 / 8:36 AM

    Wonderful! I can so see a guy like this being ecstatic at NOT having to tote around a Chihuahua in a pink purse!

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:08 PM

      Well, most guys I know don’t see a purse dog (in a pink purse no less) as masculine. As always, thanks for reading, Debbie!

  3. Kelly Garriott Waite (@kgwaite) May 19, 2012 / 8:47 AM

    HA! Loved this one. Love the way the women dump everything on him and love the way the baby is a dog. The two towels are a perfect addition. If she needs a coat for her dog, my neighbor’s got one in pink.

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:09 PM

      We won’t mention the coat to her…she’d probably want it! Thanks so much for reading, Kelly – glad you enjoyed 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:10 PM

      🙂 back at you, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Carol Ann Hoel May 19, 2012 / 10:30 AM

    Good job, Janna. I enjoyed it. It was very real. Down to earth happening everyday on the planet, yet you gave it pizzazz. Is that really a word? You made it personal. Blessings to you…

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:12 PM

      I do think ‘pizazz’ is a word, and I appreciate you using that word to describe my story about a common experience. Thanks for reading, Carol Ann 🙂

  5. MOV May 19, 2012 / 12:30 PM

    ha! loved this.

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:14 PM

      Glad you enjoyed, MOV. Thanks for reading it!

  6. yvonneroot May 19, 2012 / 1:52 PM

    Excellent, as usual. Not until you mentioned the droopy drawers did I even notice the situation in which the poor fellow in the photo finds himself. Seems you’re good with words as well as visual cues.

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:15 PM

      Oh, thanks so much for the compliment, Yvonne. I appreciate you taking time to read and comment 🙂

  7. Chelle May 19, 2012 / 2:19 PM

    Too funny. I was wondering why the baby didn’t stop being a baby through the years of visits. Now I know!

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:17 PM

      Yep, this baby just gets older but never grows up 🙂 Thanks for visiting and sharing your comment, Chelle!

  8. pattisj May 19, 2012 / 7:10 PM

    Love this, Janna. The dog in the pink purse, too funny. And who would have thought the car seat for the dog? lol

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 10:21 PM

      Thanks, Patti! I couldn’t imagine lugging around a car seat for a dog. We only took them through the airport because we had to 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to read my story,

  9. Diane Turner May 19, 2012 / 10:16 PM

    Loved this piece! The internal grumbling was wonderful.

    • jannatwrites May 19, 2012 / 11:08 PM

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your reaction, Diane!

  10. littlewonder2 May 20, 2012 / 1:30 AM

    I do photo prompts a lot, so I was pleasantly surprised with this prompt.

    Having said that, this is a good piece for a first time. The character sounded very real, so that is definitely good. And such an ordinary subject that you still managed to create interest in. Maybe that has part to do with the believability and part to do with the comedy of having to deal with something so out of his character.

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:01 PM

      I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts on my photo prompt story, Littlewonder2. I’ve started reading other entries for this week but I’m so far behind. It’s interesting to read what others come up with!

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:01 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to read my story, Ranadive!

  11. trifecta (@trifectawriting) May 20, 2012 / 5:40 AM

    Ha ha! At first, I thought, “oops, she made that baby still a baby a year later. Kids are not babies.” And then we see that the baby is a dog. Classic. I love it. I love the entire concept of the guy’s sister-in-law in town. We’ve all been there. 🙂 Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you back soon.

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:02 PM

      Thanks for reading. I’m glad the concept worked for you (I had fun writing it :))

  12. jesterqueen (@jesterqueen) May 20, 2012 / 6:56 AM

    Ahaha! I love that tinkerbelle is the baby. I have gotten such a kick out of why he has a carseat.

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:03 PM

      I know, Jester Queen – there have been many creative ideas to explain the carseat. I still have more reading to do, too 🙂

  13. Renada Styles May 20, 2012 / 8:02 AM

    this would have been even better if he was carrying the dog in the pink purse! but the poor “baby” has to deal with a grumpy man lol

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:04 PM

      It’s probably better that the dog didn’t have to put up with grumpy pants! Thanks for reading Renada 🙂

  14. Linda Vernon May 20, 2012 / 10:38 AM

    Haha Jannat! Great interpretation. I love what you have going through this poor guy’s mind and I love the surprise of Tinkerbell! :d

  15. Gina May 20, 2012 / 4:13 PM

    Hysterical. Love the feeling that he knows his shorts are traveling! He’s the Sherpa for sure. Might bumb me out too, with a guest staying that long. Funny it was a pooch!

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:06 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to read, Gina. The story amused me just because I don’t have any houseguests scheduled…especially neurotic ones with dogs they treat like babies 🙂

  16. Paula J May 20, 2012 / 7:13 PM

    Great internal dialogue. Sounded so natural. The whole pants sliding down and the dog being the baby are really funny. Good job.

    • jannatwrites May 20, 2012 / 8:09 PM

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your reaction, Paula. I appreciate it 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 22, 2012 / 5:44 PM

      Thanks, Ruby! I appreciate you stopping by to read it 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 22, 2012 / 5:45 PM

      Glad you took a few moments out of newlywed bliss to visit, Tori!

  17. cuhome May 22, 2012 / 10:35 AM

    Love the pink purse part!!!

    • jannatwrites May 22, 2012 / 5:46 PM

      Thanks, Janet. Definitely not a manly accessory 🙂

  18. xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken May 23, 2012 / 7:18 AM

    I love your challenge blog posts, these little stories qre quite entertaining!

    I can myself as that annoying sister with more bags than Paris Hilton! hahaha. Oh & wait we can’t forget my little dog – CoCo Chanel. She too has her own little bag for me to carry her in! Spoiled much? ! 🙂 lol

    • jannatwrites May 23, 2012 / 9:36 PM

      I’m glad you enjoy them, Evelyn!

      Please tell me you don’t have a car seat for your dog! I like purse dogs, they’re cute. I couldn’t possibly carry one around, though….I’d have so much trouble coordinating the dog carrier with my wardrobe 🙂

      • xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken May 25, 2012 / 5:43 AM

        lol, no my puppy doesn’t have a car seat even though I think tshe should – apparently she likes to sit on my lap while I am driving! :-0

        && haha sometimes I cordinate her with my clothing when I am in the mood, but she almost always has something cute on!

        She is spoiled by my whole family, lol smh

        • jannatwrites May 25, 2012 / 8:37 PM

          Coordinated clothing…that’s too much Evelyn! I bet you guys look adorable 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 24, 2012 / 8:51 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to read, Phil 🙂

    • jannatwrites June 6, 2012 / 6:59 PM

      Thanks, Susan. I appreciate you reading it 🙂

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