Farmer Henry

Liza’s dad waited ‘nside the barn; toe tappin’, scowl deepenin’. Where was that girl? He’d sent ‘er ten minutes ago ‘n hadn’t seen hide nor hair since.

“Uhmmmooobreuhhh,” lowed Maybelle.

He patted the cow. “I know, girl. I know.”

Right as ‘e settled on fetchin’ ‘is daughter, a glimpse a somethin’ yeller showed in the winder. Shore ‘nough, ’twas Liza. She weren’t movin’ fast, which perplexed the farmer.

“Liza!” he holler’d. “Whatcha dallyin’ fer?”

Sniffin’ and silent, she showed ‘im what she’d bin sent after.

“Why,” her father ‘sclaimed, “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza. A hole!”


Fetched and carried for Carrot Ranch’s writing prompt.

March 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a bucket of water. What is the condition of the water and what is the bucket for? Drop deep into the well and draw from where the prompt leads!

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16 thoughts on “Farmer Henry

  1. lensdailydiary March 25, 2019 / 6:40 am

    Than fix it dear Chelsea, dear Chelsea……. You have a sparkling, witty sense of humour

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  2. Violet Lentz March 25, 2019 / 8:26 am

    I love the voice!! Seems like poor Maybelle may never get milked!

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    • Chelsea Owens March 25, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Thanks! Yes; we may have to add a verse about picking up a new bucket from the store.


  3. Lisa Bradshaw March 26, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    That’s the start of there’s a hole in my bucket.. hahaha thought it was a South AFrican song.. 😉

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    • Chelsea Owens March 26, 2019 / 2:03 pm

      I just know that my mom would sing it whenever it got stuck in her head. 🙂


  4. Charli Mills March 27, 2019 / 11:13 pm

    Somehow I escaped this childhood earworm until now. Great dialect and sympathy for Liza.

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  5. Norah March 28, 2019 / 5:53 am

    This song was the first thing I thought of too. I’m pleased I didn’t go there – you’ve done it well, adding a bit more of the back story. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens March 28, 2019 / 7:16 am

      Thanks, Norah. 🙂 I wasn’t the only one who thought of it, either! 😀


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