A Small Protest

“Won’t!” The small face scrunches.

Father sighs. “I’d let you go like this, Arnie, but-”

“No no no!”

“Arrrnie,” Father begins, his tone less calm, “Daddy‘s wearing-”

“Daddy’s fart face!” A small tongue protrudes from the small mouth.

Father straightens. He takes a small arm in a big hand and marches small legs up big stairs. “That’s enough, young man! We do not stick our tongues out or call names.”

“Fart. face. Fart. face,” Arnie gasps at each stair.

“Now,” Father concludes, setting him at the top. “You’ll sit in Timeout, then you will put your pants on!”


Enacted for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: protest

January 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a protest story. It can be about a protest, or you can investigate the word and expand the idea. Who is protesting, where, and why? Go where the prompt leads!

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Photo Credit: Marcus Neto

ยฉ2020 Chelsea Owens

44 thoughts on “A Small Protest

  1. H.R.R. Gorman January 19, 2020 / 8:16 am

    No pants? That makes it easier to be a fart-face because there’s less barrier between the two!

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  2. RuthScribbles January 19, 2020 / 8:20 am

    I know a child that had similar issues, however they were naked! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • Chelsea Owens January 19, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Fortunately, we’ve moved on to protesting shoes and coats…


      • Hรคrzenswort January 19, 2020 / 8:33 am

        My little man is currently practicing the quick change. You dress him only to find him wearing something else entirely two minutes later ๐Ÿ˜…

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        • Chelsea Owens January 19, 2020 / 10:07 am

          …like, his underwear? ๐Ÿ™‚


          • Hรคrzenswort January 19, 2020 / 10:12 am

            Haha, more like he’ll dress up as a firefighter or soccer player ๐Ÿ˜‰ we’ve also seen a construction worker and scuba diver ๐Ÿคท

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  3. tnkerr January 19, 2020 / 8:33 am

    My grandson (2 YO) and I have a standard greeting…
    ME: Tony? Where are your trousers?
    HE: Gone
    or sometimes,
    HE: Right here, Papa

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  4. mymindlessdrivel January 19, 2020 / 10:12 am

    Love it! I once wrote a story with a little girl arguing about what she would wear, among other things, and her father trying to deal with it due to her mother being ill. At certain age, they want to demand their independence.

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    • Chelsea Owens January 19, 2020 / 10:15 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s these first times that one needs strict boundaries.


  5. robertawrites235681907 January 19, 2020 / 10:13 am

    Aren’t boys just the best. Mine now try to negotiate with me over everything. To bad they never win.

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    • Chelsea Owens January 19, 2020 / 10:16 am

      Mine, too! ..Of course, they’ve done that for a while now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hรคrzenswort January 19, 2020 / 10:20 am

      Oh, I know that very well! I’m at the stage now where I pick my battles and simply let him win from time to time ๐Ÿ˜…

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  6. johnlmalone January 19, 2020 / 2:09 pm

    wonderful, Chelsea: a lot achieved in such a small space

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    • Chelsea Owens January 20, 2020 / 7:58 am

      But but… they grow out of it. Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Jules January 20, 2020 / 9:39 am

    I knew a family that – well in their own home (guests present or not) allowed their child to run ‘Free’ (they weren’t nudists. I could not see that happening in on of my Aunts homes where her living room furniture was covered in plastic when not in use for adult company ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Chelsea Owens January 20, 2020 / 10:47 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ We always allowed Naked Time with our boys right after their baths.

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      • Jules January 20, 2020 / 10:49 am

        ๐Ÿ˜€ I think folks would be less uptight if they were more comfortable in their own skins and not just the skin of ‘clothing’ as decorations.

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  8. Charli Mills January 21, 2020 / 9:16 pm

    Ha, ha! You certainly created a believable situation! I recall a similar incident as a teen between my aunt and great-grandmother who was going senile. This child may one day get to repeat this conversation in the reverse.

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    • Chelsea Owens January 21, 2020 / 10:04 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ True! I hadn’t thought of that!


  9. Norah January 23, 2020 / 3:12 am

    I get it. Every parent’s been there.

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  10. Sam "Goldie" Kirk January 23, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    I particularly liked “He takes a small arm in a big hand and marches small legs up big stairs.”

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