Dress rehearsal

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“After I dress can Lucy and I have ice-cream for breakfast”, 3 year old Clara demands. Lucy, her partner-in-crime wags her tail on cue.

“No”, I say firmly immune to their charm.

“Why isn’t Lucy wearing a dress?”

“Because dogs don’t wear clothes”

“Why don’t dogs wear clothes?”

“Because they have fur and hair and all that”

“I have hair too. See mommy. ”

“Clara, humans are expected to wear clothes.  Put this on”, I hold out her dress.

“Why are we expected to wear clothes mommy?”

Lucy and Clara look expectantly at me eyes wide. Do they rehearse this?

“Chocolate or Vanilla?”

—end —

This 100 word story  was written for the 100 word photo challenge. More details about this challenge can be found at:


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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27 responses to “Dress rehearsal

  1. Dear Ansumani,

    If I could find a love icon I would click it. Delightful story. The last line made me laugh out loud. 😀




  2. Adults always win arguments with kids because they’re more powerful. But kids really win, because they ask better questions


  3. Ha.. it’s a great moment to teach table manners… making her eat ice-cream naked she will learn not to spill… My mother in law used that trick to teach her kids to eat well (ice-cream on naked skin is very uncomfortable)

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  4. You developed your theme beautifully. Very well done.


  5. Ah, she wore her mum down in the end with all the questions 🙂 Lovely story!


  6. Hahaha. Mum’s a bit cowardly here, isn’t she? Kids ask great questions, and this was a sweet story, beautifully told.


    • Mama did take the easy way out. Is there really any good answer on why we humans evolved to wear clothes 🙂

      Thanks for reading.


      • I guess one reason was that we lost our fur, maybe to better cool down (endurance runners for hunting, with sweat glands all over our bodies.) And if we want to spread out to colder climates, we need artificial fur. Prudery came later. Sorry for taking a rhetorical question and running away with it.

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  7. Excellent. I recognise the feeling of the last line very well when dealing with my kids. Ice cream works everytime!


  8. Ice cream to the rescue! What a sweet piece. Kids just gotta be free.


  9. Ice cream treat, the third party in any argument, and the one who always closes it. Well done.


  10. I would have placed a pickle on top of hers. That way, she could be just as confused as I would and maybe not ask for ice cream for breakfast again.

    Five out of five cherries. Fun story! 😀


  11. Sweet story. I fear Mom has her work cut out for her.


  12. Fun story. Some arguments are not meant to be won. Three cheers for ice cream.

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  13. Hehe as a parent I can so relate.


  14. Oh my how I remember those days!
    You’ve captured them well.


  15. A cute and funny story, Ansumani. A child and a dog are powerful when together. Mom didn’t stand a chance. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne


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