This week’s writing challenge: create a character for Grandma Scheiffer’s rooming house. Search your memory, scour your experience and make a character who lives on the margins of society - come to life.
Jason was a strong healthy lad who had the misfortune of being born in a shack on the wrong side of the tracks. His parents had no money – not even enough to send him to school. But, they loved him dearly and taught him manners. Sadly, because they were so poor, they were shunned by society, leaving him naïve and pure.
Sweet! There was an ad in the paper, ‘Need assistant to help keep my boarding house maintained. Will pay small salary and provide free room and board.’ Without hesitation, dressed in the only rags he owned, he ran barefoot to answer the ad. Grandma Scheiffer liked him immediately and took him on. In just one month, he had learned the craft of carpentry.
Finally, he was free to visit his family and they were full of questions. "So, Jason, what have you learned from Grandma Scheiffer’s rooming house?"
"Lots, Ma and Dad. For one, I learned that I like girls – girls just wanna have fun. And I learned a valuable phrase."
"Well son, tell us and we’ll learn something."
"I’ve found this expression to be a helpful distraction when I’m hammering and hit my thumb instead of the nail. It’s ###!!!!!####."