FTP 10 Ashamed

“She is your child to the core!”

“It took both of us to create her I suspect.”

“She is yours. Just look at her, no sense of shame.”

The both stared out the window at their beautiful three-year-old child, gleeful in her innocence cavorting in the noonday sun. Mother her brow pulled together and lips pursed; but Father, his smile nearly as broad as the Linda_the fence0001child’s.

“Father, aren’t you ashamed just look she is climbing over the fence. What will the neighbors think?”

“It looks dangerous, she might get splinters, but why ashamed?”

“She is naked!”

“She is a child.”


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This week’s word is Ashamed. The word limit is 100 words. This one comes in at exactly 100.

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  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Love the ending – but really, why should we become ashamed when we are adult (why may we remain unashamed only as children?) It’s not fair!

  2. I loved this. I am a nana of nine and more than one has been known to streak in public and one in church. You just have to laugh. May we older ones never lose that ability to be spontaneous. Hugs, Barbara

    • Children are a wonder aren’t they, tearing off clothes that restrict their movement and running. We spend so much time trying to teach them why this isn’t appropriate, maybe we should spend some time just letting them be children.

  3. Love, love, love it! Great dialogue! 🙂

    • Though I wasn’t there, well at least not inside the house; I suspect this is close to the several discussions my parents had regarding my regular shedding of the outerwear 🙂

      Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed.

  4. How ironic that the theme for your story, feeling ashamed, is not in the story at all. Nice! If anyone should feel ashamed it’s Mother for bringing it up.

  5. A good chuckle at this end … especially because I didn’t notice the small pic until I finished reading.

  6. Irrisistable, Valentine. I love the innocence of children. It’s adults who teach them to be ashamed but the time comes, alas, when we must tell them it is time. I LOVE Father’s attitude. Warms the cockles of my heart.

  7. Ahhh, to be a child again. So free. So beautiful. Nothing to ever be ashamed about. Xx

    • I suspect my dear friend, we learn that shame and learn to cover up right around that age. Terrible. but before that? What a wonderful thing to play in the grass and the sunshine.

  8. Gray Dawster says:

    This is certainly a true to life FTP Val
    of course there are quite a few adults
    that have this trait, well I only said 😉 lol

    Have a wicked and wonderful afternoon Val 🙂 xxx

  9. Love this. A favorite picture of (now grown) son and daughter is of them at ages 1 & 2, having a parade in the buff with laundry baskets on their heads. Still makes me giggle.

    • It seems all parents have these pictures, innocence is a wonderful thing. Thanks for loving this one, if you hadn’t guess it was inspired by real life.

  10. clothes have a purpose – but necessarily all the time!!. I let mine dance in the rain with no clothes on !!!

  11. frigginloon says:

    LOL, we use to have a kid next door who loved to jump naked on the trampoline. When I watered the garden she would wave as she bounced above the fence, oblivious to her lack of attire.

  12. Everything is better naked 🙂

  13. As long as she stays away from apples and snakes while in the garden, naked is OK 😉

  14. Is that cute little naked climber you? 🙂

  15. I don’t want to sound prudish but at three years old – a pair of shorts would be appropriate – for boys and girls.

  16. Yes children are innocent of these phobias we adults share. Too bad we in the adult world spoil that innocence as they grow up.

  17. I so did this. Fab flash 😉 xxx

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