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Weekend Writing Prompt #163 – Unwelcome

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. How you use the prompt is up to you. Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like. Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise. If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  Thanks for hosting, Sammi.

Ruth was so concentrated on ripping out the vines creeping along the top of the cedar hedge, she never heard her son approach.

His\ “Mom, what’re you doing?” nearly made her jump out of her skin

“What’s it look like I’m doing? I’m pulling out these vines.

“Why? They’re kinda pretty, no?

“I admit they are. I’ve never seen yellow ones like these. Usually, they’re those pink ones that look like morning glories.”

“Poor unwelcome flowers.”

“They’re weeds!”

“Tomayto, tomahto.”

“They’ll take over. Remember the ‘Rumor Weed’?”

Ha ha Mom. You’re hilarious.

We are not a religious family at all. However, a friend of mine got us hooked on Veggie Tales and one of our favourites was LarryBoy and the Rumor Weed

The movie is a whole 33 minutes long but for anyone who wants to, just click here.

74 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #163 – Unwelcome

  1. I think some people call some perfectly useful and absolutely beautiful flowers, “weeds,” because the flowers that they choose to grow instead wanna have all the space that the flowers that have been growing there for a long time, are ‘taking up.’ And then … when the native flowers attempt to reassert themselves, they’re pulled out, tossed aside, and told to go back where they came from….
    (sorry, this was a bit deeper than the weeds/flower problem … or, is it?….) 😉
    Fun story, though!

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  2. Great story and a lovely memory of your son swaying to the beat of the song on tv. I also picked up a new word from Timothy’s comment, with his big stickery weeds!


  3. Still laughing!!!! Brilliant story and I loved the video! For years I felt awful about rooting weeds out of my pots and let them be, but with time I’ve become a bit ruthless with’em! 😉
    Happy Sunday! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  4. My friend was working on some research for his PhD in Agronomy (I still refer to him as the dirt doctor). We would go water his projects. I said they were just a bunch of weeds taken from the banks of the Brazos River. He told me that weed was just a plant out of place. I wrote a poem about it a while back. Never forgot.
    Well done story, Dale. Enjoyed it.

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    • I have to agree. I pulled these out and almost immediately regretted it – then again, once they come and cut the hedge, they would disappear anyway…
      I love that – dirt doctor.
      Thank you, Bill.

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  5. Lots of lovely native plants get the label of weeds, but lots of the cultivated beauties are just refined versions. The difference is just that a plant breeder is selling the seeds. You have to look beyond the hype to see what something really is, not what you’re told it is.

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    • Aren’t they great? Excellent messages without being preachy. I haven’t either, to be honest but I watched each one so many times, I can almost recite them by heart!

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  6. Love your story, “weeds are just plants growing where they are not wanted. So anything can be a weed really.

    Just a note. Veggietales were the first ones to use a certain technology in animation. it was later adopted by Toy Story and others. Veggie tales has many episodes and they are wonderful.
    If you havent seen it, check out The Hairbrush song.

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    • So glad you did.

      They were (are) brilliant. We have a rather large collection including the album Silly songs with Larry – so Hairbrush is well known with my boys and me.
      How about “Everybody’s got a water buffalo. Yours is fast and mine is slow….” 😊


    • What a fantabulous comment, Calvin. and yes, they are not as they seem. Ever. Perfect song choice… And funny. Since I ripped out the first batch, another has appeared. I’ve decided to leave it and the other something or other that is making its way through the cedar.
      And, get this. My backyard grass looks like a dried up hay and in the middle of it, out of nowhere a beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace sprouted. Can’t cut her out, either.


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