Square peg in a round hole

PHOTO PROMPT- © Sandra Crook

Georges loved bright colours and geometry. He loved doodling squares and triangles everywhere.

He got into trouble with  the city when he left his signature doodles on the surface of public places.

His teachers gifted a big red circle on his report cards.

His mother, worried about his future, made him promise, on her deathbed, “Promise me that you won’t ever doodle on walls, floors..”

“Yes Maman”, he promised.

“On tables, chairs, pews, altars , curtains , clothes or on paper.”, she added all possible surfaces, knowing  how literal-minded her son was.

“I promise Maman”.

Georges wondered, as he laid the tile, if Maman could see this beautiful pattern  on the roof, from above.

——— end ——–

I google-d and found out that this picture is from Dijon, France – which is famous for buildings with  polychrome glazed roofs tiles among others.

I couldn’t help but wonder about the minds of human that envision such complex geometrical patterns and execute them as art. Sometimes such minds, fixated on geometry, are labelled autistic ….maybe they need to be labelled artistic instead. Sadly ,children of all mind-shapes are expected to fit into one pattern ….like a square peg in a round hole.



This 100+ word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week.

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes, that fellow Friday Fictioneers have, on the same photo prompt:


39 responses to “Square peg in a round hole

  1. Really touching last line.


  2. Loved your story! And I believe you are right about the square pegs and round holes.


  3. Loved your story and the comments that followed. Children should be celebrated whether they are the round peg or the bold square. I like your term “mindshape.” 😃


  4. This was such a moving piece. I’m sure his Maman would be more than proud. Loved your comments too – artistic instead of autistic, just change one letter ….


  5. Riotous recidivist roofer.
    Good piece.


  6. Lovely take on the prompt.


  7. Great story, touching and true, both the story itself, and your comment.


  8. Sounds like George was quite adapt at doodling. I’m sure his mother is smiling down from above.


  9. I have a nephew on the Autism spectrum and this is just beautiful. His mother is smiling for sure!


  10. Dear Ansumani,

    A wonderful take on the prompt. One size doesn’t fit all, does it?




  11. Missed one! I bet his mum is looking down and smiling, though.


  12. Lovely, it’s always wonderful when talent is appreciated, but more so when they are recognized as unique and find their niche.


  13. Great story! Their problems are later gifts to everyone. We try to make kids fit into a box. I’m so well aware of these problems as i deal with my son not quite fitting as needed.


  14. That sounds like a mind that can’t be held down. Thinking outside the box.


  15. Very sweet and touching story! Thanks …


  16. Very inspiring story, I loved it.


  17. A touching story indeed.


  18. Good story. Children should be appreciated for their gifts, not thought handicapped because of their problems. Well done, Ansumani. 🙂 — Suzanne


  19. Lovely story. So often (particularly in days past) adults squashed the creativity out of their children. Glad his made it to the roofs and hoped Mama saw it from above.


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