Taking Care of Business

December 1, 2021 at 10:19 am 33 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 3 December 2021

LIsa Fox
Photo Credit: LIsa Fox

 
John married a nurse who came from a small village in the Philippines.

Visiting her folks in a place where there was no electricity and running water was quite an eye-opener. He learned to appreciate things he usually took for granted.

On their first night, he told Dolores that he needed to take care of business.

She pointed to the outhouse and then handed him a newspaper.

“What am I suppose to do with it?” he asked. “You know, I can’t read in the dark.”

“Believe me,” Dolores smiled, “Without toilet paper, it will come in handy.”

She was right.

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  December 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Civilisation vanishes very quickly

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      neil:

      you can say that again. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. pennygadd51  |  December 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Nice appreciation of cultural difference and biological identity. We all need to poo!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      penny:

      believe it or not, it was based on a true story. 🙂

      Reply
      • 5. pennygadd51  |  December 2, 2021 at 3:40 am

        I’m not at all surprised. When I was a kid we were occasionally reduced to using newspaper.

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        • 6. plaridel  |  December 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

          penny:

          in an emergency, it does come in handy. 🙂

          Reply
  • 7. dorahak  |  December 1, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Plaridel,
    A slice of life from the rest of the world, in fact. I read your title and from that moment on the song was playing in my mind like a soundtrack!
    Pax,
    Dora

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      dora:

      that’s funny. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. msjadeli  |  December 1, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    What a cute story. He’ll learn.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 2, 2021 at 8:52 am

      msjadeli:

      i think he will. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Mason Bushell  |  December 2, 2021 at 2:58 am

    Just as well Dolores is smart. Good one!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

      mason:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 14. GHLearner  |  December 2, 2021 at 6:56 am

    Well told, and great message.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  December 2, 2021 at 8:50 am

      gabi:

      thank you for reading and the usual support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 16. Liz Young  |  December 2, 2021 at 7:29 am

    We had newspaper pieces on a nail in the loo when I was growing up too!

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    • 17. plaridel  |  December 2, 2021 at 8:50 am

      liz:

      that’s interesting.

      Reply
  • 18. rochellewisoff  |  December 3, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Most definitely a companion story to mine. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 19. plaridel  |  December 4, 2021 at 9:23 am

      rochelle:

      it was indeed. 🙂

      Reply
  • 20. granonine  |  December 3, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I remember my parents talking about using old newspaper, or the Sears&Roebuck catalogue. You do what you have to do 🙂

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

      linda:

      i totally agree. 🙂

      Reply
  • 22. Bill  |  December 3, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Oh, the many things we take for granted, and the many advances first ignored. I can still hear grandpa, “I won’t have one of those filthy things in the house.” Great take on reality. Well done.

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    • 23. plaridel  |  December 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

      bill:

      that’s funny, but it’s easy to relate. 🙂

      Reply
  • 24. draliman  |  December 3, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Not the most absorbent of paper, I don’t think. A different world.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  December 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

      draliman:

      when you’re desperate, it can be a saviour. 🙂

      Reply
  • 26. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 4, 2021 at 4:16 am

    When I was a kid I remember newspapers having two uses – toilet paper and fish and chip wrappers – or three if you include reading the news!

    Here’s mine!

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    • 27. plaridel  |  December 4, 2021 at 9:21 am

      keith:

      i can say it falls under the category of recycle and reuse. 🙂

      Reply
  • 28. Woman walking Max  |  December 6, 2021 at 3:59 am

    I like the down to earth style of your story. I visited an aunt in Alaska and she had am ‘outhouse’ as they called it, with newspaper.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  December 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      francine:

      it looks like its practice is more widespread than i realized.

      Reply
  • 30. michael1148humphris  |  December 6, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I enjoyed reading this, as I recall the days of cutting out newspaper squares

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    • 31. plaridel  |  December 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      michael:

      it does serve its purpose well. 🙂

      Reply
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    • 33. plaridel  |  December 11, 2021 at 10:32 am

      promilabhattacharya:

      thanks for stopping by. much appreciated.

      Reply

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