THE BIG KID

She thought the days of sewing hastily cut cloth together for Halloween night would be over when the kids had grown up.

But how could she resist his enthusiasm? It was one of the occasions when he seemed to find that old spirit she loved so much.

Agnes bit through the final thread and tied it off.

‘Archie, it’s ready!’ she called.

She tried not to think about the reaction of the neighbours when the sixty-year-old man wearing a Kermit outfit came trick-or-treating at their door.

Besides, they were used to him by now. As was she.


Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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84 responses to “THE BIG KID”

  1. Moral of the story: Never grow up!

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  2. A great character, Iain

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    1. Thanks Neil, they have certainly kept me going…

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  3. Ha ha – that was such a lovely, feelgood story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you Susan, glad you liked it 🙂

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  4. I really like the way you used both the photoprompt and the Inlinkz frog to inspire you. Touching story of love that is even prepared to risk ridicule for the happiness of the beloved.

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    1. Thank you Penny – the 2 seemed to go together to me!

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  5. Good for him. Just think of the candy. Thanks for the morning chuckle.

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    1. You’re very welcome Michele 🙂

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Both funny and touching.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. Lovely story! I can imagine the voice, too.

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  8. lol, pretty good. A lot of adults do wear costumes, but I don’t know many that still trick-or-treat 😉

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    1. What’s the point if you don’t get any sweets at the end of it?! 😉

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  9. No age limit on having fun! Archie is super!

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    1. He certainly is. Thank you 🙂

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  10. Oh, how touching. Sad and happy at the same time. Great neighbors, and a wonderful, caring wife. He’s a lucky man.

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  11. Oh goodness! This was fun! I guess we sorta went a similar general direction as far as the outcome … though yours would REALLY need a photo on Instagram … 🙂
    Yay to the Kermit!

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    1. Ha, Agnes would love sharing that photo on Instagram 🙂

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  12. Brilliant Iain. And I loved Kermit!

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  13. Oh how nice. That is comforting coming from Agnes. Unless of course she left a pin sticking out somewhere – LOL

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    1. She may have, just to remind Archie.. 😉

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  14. HAHAHA! LOVE IT! I can picture him, and he would be welcome at my door. Besides, I’ll be dressed as Winnie the Pooh this year! Hubby laughs at me for dressing up to pass out candy, but I get such a kick out of it. One year, I went as Santa (y’all know he scares me silly!) another, I dressed as a bag of recyclables… I actually tricked for treats the neighbors and made a killing in candy (2 pillow cases full!)… They talked about the bag of trash for days but never did figure out who it was. HEHEHE! (I was 38yrs old…yeah, I’m that short!)

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    1. You’re welcome to come to my house and deal with all the kids that come to my door! 😉

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      1. I just hoping we actually get some… for many years now (since move to Ky) there’ve been only a handful. Last couple of years I’ve actually gone up to church and done the “Trunk-0r-Treat” thing. I dress in my reenactment garb and pass out candy as I walk around the church lot.

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    2. Hey, that’s a great idea! If no one can guess who I am, my grown kids can’t be embarrassed! I won’t worry about my grown grandkids — they’ll love it!

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      1. LOL! 🙂 ❤

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  15. I wonder what the trick would be from an old man dressed as a puppet… I think that thought scare me more than the outfit

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    1. Especially if he’s lurking round the pond in the park…

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      1. You make me think of Basho

        old man frog
        in the ancient pond
        skinny-dipping splash

        Shudder

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  16. I’d expect him to be sat halfway down the stairs on November 1st! Good stuff Iain.

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  17. A man-sized Kermit would be startling on one’s doorstep!

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    1. It would certainly be a Halloween surprise! Thanks Liz

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  18. Now that is love!
    Wonderful, Iain.

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  19. Fun and sweet, though that last line has me wondering if Archie is perhaps suffering from dementia. Maybe he’s just a little eccentric.

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    1. Nothing sinister here. I’m glad to say Archie is in good health, just slightly mad 🙂

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  20. Some people never grow up! Good for him I say.

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  21. Truly a labour of love. Nice one.

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  22. This was sweet! Nice to have the warm fuzzies at times. 🙂

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  23. Yes, why would Archie give up the tradition as the neighbours seem to be expecting hm? What will he wear next year? Provided we don’t go all sinister in a Stephen King way.

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    1. Nothing that sinister I hope!

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  24. Life is so much better when we don’t grow up and we have our mental health.
    Still it mad me smile.
    It reminds my of the time some college friends and I went out on Halloween night singing Christmas songs. We got a lot of laughs and a lot of candy.

    Lain, you’re going to like my entry for this week. Phyllis
    https://mythrider.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/friday-fictioneer-kermit-the-fog/

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    1. Thanks Phyllis, sounds like you had a fun time! 🙂

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      1. I will never be accused of finding my second childhood. I’m not sure I ever left my first childhood completely behind.

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  25. Sorry, I meant to say it “made” me smile.

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  26. Archie is young at heart. Age no bar to have some innocent fun.

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  27. Awww this made me teary, well done Iain

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    1. Thanks Laurie, they are a devoted couple 🙂

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  28. Good to see Agnes and Archie back! What a trial he sounds, but then she wouldn’t have him any other way. Lovely stuff, Iain

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    1. Thanks Lynn, I still manage to get good value out of them, and enjoy writing about them! 🙂

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      1. Your pleasure in the characters comes through – there’s a real warmth here.

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  29. It’s good that Archie has an accepting wife (?) and neighbours.
    But she shouldn’t bite the thread – bad for teeth!

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    1. Thanks for the advice 😉

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  30. So many men are boys at heart!

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    1. The more the merrier!

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  31. As I’m one year away from sixty, I really appreciate Archie’s spirit (and love Kermit the frog too). Lovely story, Iain! =)

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    1. Thank you Brenda, hope you’re entering into the spirit of Halloween this year! 🙂

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  32. Young at heart, that’s what I’m going with! Young at heart.

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks Russell

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  33. I think a 60 year old Kermit is a great idea! Kermit’s been around for almost that many years anyway and has sure given children (including mine) educational entertainment in a fun way to learn. Cute story – By the way, Have fun!

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  34. A good touch-the-heart story, with two vivid characters.

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  35. Delightful! Growing up is optional. 🙂

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  36. That made me smile then laugh. My mom used to make our costumes, and my dad used to trick or treat with us. He was turned away every scarcely.

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    1. Ha, glad it brought back good memories 🙂

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  37. Awww…bless their hearts.

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