Slow and Steady

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A lesson learned is passed on in a way that the child in this story may never forget..

Submitted: November 05, 2015

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Submitted: November 05, 2015



There was an old man sitting on a park bench and facing a sidewalk, in his hand was a small bag of cracked corn.

A child was watching the park maintenance people install a new swing and while he waited he came to sit at the other end of the bench.

The old man was removing small amounts of corn from the bag and dropping it on the grasses near his seat. He did this for a long time until the child made a comment.

"That's a dumb way to feed pigeons!" the child said while sneering.

The old man smiled and handed the child the bag, then he questioned, "Really, and how would you feed them?"

The child grabbed the bag and quickly dumped the corn on the sidewalk in front of him, saying, "That's how you do it!"

Well, just as the child said that, about 50 pigeons and a slew of other birds flew in and filled the sidewalk, hunting and pecking at the corn and at one another.

The old man rose from his place on the bench and walked across the grass. Then he sat down at another bench, facing the child.

The child gleefully watched the birds running around in front of him, pecking at the corn and chasing one another around.

It was not long before the food was gone and the birds had flown off to places unknown.

The child still sat there after the birds had left and went back to watching the park workers work on the new swing.   After a while the swing was completed and the child hopped off the bench to be the first to try it out.

PLOP, the child fell right on his butt!

YEP, all the Pigeon Poop on the sidewalk in front of the kid was pretty slick! And when the kid fell, the kid fell right in the middle of the worst of it. YUCK! 

The old man chuckled as he got up from the bench. He was going to have a funny story to tell at Bingo today.


D. Thurmond / JEF 11-2015

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