Rainbow Boy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

This short story is about a mother and father that are unsure about what to name their newborn son.

“Push, push!” said Raymond, a soon-to-be-Dad.

 

Sarah pushed as hard as she could, screaming in agony and a few seconds later a baby’s head was poking out with blood on it and the baby was screaming in harmony with its mother.

 

“Push harder, Sarah! You can do it!” Raymond encouraged as he intensely watched on the edge of his seat.

 

A few seconds later the whole baby’s body came out.

 

“It’s a boy! It’s a boy!” Raymond cheered, dancing around the hospital room, “I’m a father, I’m a father!”

 

Sarah straightened her back against a pillow as instructed by a midwife and she let out a ginormous sigh. Raymond had the honour of cutting his son’s umbilical cord and he stood back and grinned.

 

“Raymond, we need to name our boy. What shall it be?”

 

At that very moment, Raymond looked outside a nearby window and saw a rainbow arching over the sky.

 

“Let’s name him Roy G. Biv, shall we?” Raymond said.

 


Submitted: July 10, 2019

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Vance Currie

Ha-ha. Good one, CatWriter. That's how I learned to remember the colours of the rainbow. It is to be hoped that the parents' surname was Biv.

Thu, July 11th, 2019 1:38am

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True and that’s how I learned too. Thank you for reading!

Thu, July 11th, 2019 4:02pm

Serge Wlodarski

Good one and I'm glad Raymond didn't see a garbage truck when he looked out the window.

Mon, September 16th, 2019 11:13pm

The 5th Horseman

Had to look in the comments section to understand the nature of the name but ok :)

Tue, September 17th, 2019 5:27pm

MrBaskerville

I can sense on the other comments that there's something that I'm missing. I'm from Denmark, so that might be the reason why I don't get the punchline, but I've been staring at it and it's starting to feel like a tough riddle. This obviously hurts my experience reading the story a bit, but it's probably more my fault than it is the fault of the story.

I like the rest of the text, the short paragraphs paints a vivid picture of both the stuff happening and the general atmosphere. Lines like the description of the baby screaming in harmony with the mother is a good way to describe the beauty and horror of child birth, that it in fact can be both at the same time. It's bloody and uncomfortable but there's also harmony, powerful stuff.

Sat, October 5th, 2019 8:59am

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Thank you for your kind words. The boy got called Roy G. Biv because that’s a common acronym that children use to help them remember the colours of the rainbow and the father of the boy saw a rainbow when he looked out the window. I hoped that helped you understand the story better. :)

Sat, October 5th, 2019 10:10pm

John C Adams

Loved how quickly this got right down to it and into the action. It was so vivid in only a few short words, and it connected with one of the great moments in anyone's life - having their first child. Like most funny shorts, it also showcased human folly in a way that was sympathetic and relatable. We could all be that person in the delivery room. I really enjoyed it.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 11:34am

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Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

Sun, November 10th, 2019 2:02am

Christy Writes

That's actually not such a bad name, come to think of it. :p This is a cute story!

Wed, January 1st, 2020 6:46pm

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Thanks for reading Christy!

Thu, January 2nd, 2020 11:57pm

Archia

That's a sweet name to come up with, and it's a very appropriate name too. I really liked your story, it was a very cute read.

Tue, February 25th, 2020 10:48pm

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Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

Thu, March 26th, 2020 4:05pm

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